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An e-learning metaphor: the CAMEL nomadic community of practice

An e-learning metaphor: the CAMEL nomadic community of practice

Jameson, Jill ORCID: 0000-0002-9545-8078 (2010) An e-learning metaphor: the CAMEL nomadic community of practice. In: Mukerji, Siran and Tripathi, Purnendu, (eds.) Cases on Technology Enhanced Learning through Collaborative Opportunities. Information Science Reference, IGI Global, Hershey, PA, USA, pp. 1-27. ISBN 9781615207510 (print), 9781615207527 (eISBN) (doi:

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This chapter describes a case study of collaborative e-learning, in which technological and human adaptability was fostered in a community of practice (CoP). The chapter reflects on the use of the extended metaphor of the camel in the JISC-funded eLIDA CAMEL and JISC infoNet CAMEL projects. Technological and social insights were gained through this use of the camel metaphorical model in a designed community of practice. A series of nomadic journeys held in oases provided by partners enabled honest exchanges amongst a community of ‘CAMEL’ practitioners, improving e-learning practices. The creation of an intentional e-learning community of practice fostered shared understandings about learning technology innovations. The camel metaphor was formative in stimulating understanding about building communal solutions to sustainability, low-cost innovative engagement and improved cooperation with others. The CAMEL metaphorical model has been validated in numerous other UK e-learning applications from which transnational insights for e-learning development can be drawn.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: [1] This paper forms the first chapter in a collection of cases on technology-enhanced learning environments.
Uncontrolled Keywords: e-learning; communities of practice; leadership; community of practice; CAMEL, eLIDA CAMEL; JISC infoNet JISC; knowledge management; social learning; education research
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Education
School of Education > Department of Professional Learning & Development
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