Blended Work

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In today’s globalized world, academics often engage in collaborative work with colleagues across borders to meet their scholarly responsibilities. No doubt, Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), play an important role, enabling academics to share knowledge, and engage in research and academic service through inter-university collaboration, research and mentorship. A comprehensive review of the literature suggests less is known about the organizational and group processes as well as individual abilities that allow academics to engage in blended work, especially in challenging contexts where access to technologies, ICT capabilities, culture, gender and time zones impact participant interactions and contributions.

Over the last fourteen months, the authors have been engaged in a unique research and development partnership between Aga Khan University (both Pakistan and East Africa campuses), Cambridge University UK, and the University of Calgary Canada. The partnership is aimed at building capacity as well as generating new knowledge through research and development work in the areas of gender and education, health, HIV/Aids and Education, and ICT and education.

Using examples from the authors' experiences in this partnership, the chapter will help understand some key aspects of blended work, which go beyond the blend of media type and use, and include a blend of physical and virtual, different cultures, age-groups, personal and professional experiences and expertise, time zones, institutional policies and expectations, gender, and technology access. The chapter will also draw implications for academics and their organizations to engage in blended work with peers across the globe.


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Created: Sep 14, 2009 10:00 am
Last revised by: ltdproject on: Sep 16, 2009 2:22 am (UTC)
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