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Evaluation of an online community: Australia's National Quality Schooling Framework
User-centred design of online learning (2006)
  • Elizabeth A Hartnell-Young, University of Nottingham
  • Keryn McGuinness
  • Peter Cuttance

This chapter considers the development and implementation of Australia’s National Quality Schooling Framework (NQSF), created particularly for teachers and others involved in improving school education. This large-scale, highly structured, and outcome- focused community space, funded by the Australian government, was developed as a means of building and testing knowledge. Using Wenger’s infrastructure for communities of practice, the chapter evaluates the NQSF in light of its capacity for engagement, imagination, and alignment. Although these three are often intertwined, we conclude that firstly, users value the space for engagement and that this needs to be supported by a national telecommunications infrastructure. Secondly, in terms of imagination, a community of this scope and purpose benefits from management that shares the same purpose in order to develop the profession. Finally, alignment is achieved through visionary leadership and a rigorous process to maintain the quality of the resources introduced to and generated within the community.

  • National Quality Framework,
  • NQSF,
  • Teachers,
  • School,
  • Education,
  • Test knowledge,
  • Telecommunications,
  • Leadership
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N. Lambropoulos and P. Zaphiris
Idea Group Inc.
Citation Information
Elizabeth A Hartnell-Young, Keryn McGuinness and Peter Cuttance. "Evaluation of an online community: Australia's National Quality Schooling Framework" Hershey, PAUser-centred design of online learning (2006)
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