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Title: Cross-organisational Communities of Practice: Enhancing creativity and epistemic cognition in higher education
Authors: Mavri, Aekaterini 
Ioannou, Andri 
Loizides, Fernando 
Major Field of Science: Engineering and Technology
Field Category: Computer and Information Sciences
Keywords: Bridging education and industry;Creativity;Communities of practice;Epistemic cognition
Issue Date: 2021
Source: The Internet and Higher Education, vol. 49, 2021
Volume: 49
Journal: The Internet and Higher Education 
Abstract: The purpose of this work is to investigate the impact of participation in cross-organisational Communities of Practice (CoPs) on higher education learners studying Design, and specifically the ways in which CoPs can affect their creative outcomes and perceived epistemic cognition. CoPs are social groups that share common interests and goals in a particular field, and interact to build relevant knowledge and expertise. Cross-organisational CoPs can include members from diverse spheres, such as education and industry. Research on the design, implementation and evaluation of this type of CoP in HE remains limited. Findings from this study indicate that CoPs can have significant positive effects on student knowledge gains, creative outcomes and perceptions of epistemic cognition. Key motivators triggering positive epistemic effects in learners included: authentic exchanges and interactions with members of the CoP, such as industry experts; creative constraints; prospective audiences for the end-products; and the potential impact on their future careers.
ISSN: 1096-7516
DOI: 10.1016/j.iheduc.2021.100792
Rights: © Elsevier
Type: Article
Affiliation : Cyprus University of Technology 
Cardiff University, 
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