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Networked Knowledge Communities in the 21st Century Classroom Practices: The Internationalization of Nursing Education through a Technology-Enabled Curriculum

Networked Knowledge Communities in the 21st Century Classroom Practices: The Internationalization of Nursing Education through a Technology-Enabled Curriculum
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Author(s): Heather Wharrad (University of Nottingham, UK), Derek Chambers (University of Nottingham, UK), Catrin Evans (University of Nottingham, UK) and Jackie Goode (University of Loughborough, UK)
Copyright: 2014
Pages: 35
Source title: Emerging Pedagogies in the Networked Knowledge Society: Practices Integrating Social Media and Globalization
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Marohang Limbu (Michigan State University, USA) and Binod Gurung (New Mexico State University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-4757-2.ch002

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Abstract

This chapter explores the emergence and current status of Networked Knowledge Communities (NKCs) in Higher Education in the United Kingdom and, specifically, in the field of nurse and healthcare education. In particular, the chapter focuses on how new technologies can enhance learning and provide opportunities to create online communities at a global level, thereby contributing to the internationalization of curricula and the development of cross-cultural awareness within these communities. The chapter provides a brief overview of what we understand as “internationalization” and “cultural awareness” followed by a critical review of the recent literature debating the pedagogical possibilities and implications of using digital technologies to develop NKCs. The chapter concludes with an evaluation of the evidence for the existence of “primitive” NKCs within the curriculum at this point in time and expectations for their emergence in the future, along with recommendations and suggestions for future research.

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