The role of professional networks in supporting and developing real world learning

Joanne Brindley*, Stuart Sims

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The chapter provides insight into how professional learning networks can be effectively implemented to encourage the sharing of good practice and developed to support a real world learning context within higher education. Observations will be provided into the potential use and effectiveness of professional learning networks, including setting out a framework which maps how this type of learning activity can be effectively developed and administered within higher education settings.

This section provides a forward narrative for the case studies from the University of Portsmouth, which acts as a vehicle for contextualising the effectiveness and prerequisites required for effective learning networks to be established. The chapter will culminate by providing the reader with a proposed approach for the implementation of an effective learning network.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationApplied Pedagogies for Higher Education
Subtitle of host publicationReal World Learning and Innovation Across the Curriculum
EditorsDawn A. Morley, Golam Jamil
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-46951-1
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-46950-4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2021


  • Higher Education
  • communities of practice
  • professional development and learning
  • Real World Learning


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