Works in progress / Travaux en cours: Mobilizing Knowledge and Building Capacity for Technology-Enhanced Professional Development

  • Dawn Buzza University of Waterloo
  • Liwana Bringelson University of Waterloo
  • Chris Eaton Waterloo Catholic District School Board
  • Sandra Loucks Campbell University of Waterloo
  • Vic Degutis Waterloo Catholic District School Board
  • Koorus Bookan University of Waterloo


Technology-enhanced knowledge mobilization can be extremely useful for helping practicing professionals keep abreast of research and development efforts in their field. The initiative described in this paper encourages collaboration among university and community partners to effectively use online learning and communications technology for professional and staff development for multiple types of professional communities. We are engaged in pilot projects with two parallel professional communities within the health care sector (optometric training and practice) and the public education sector (school boards). While these communities differ in both their professional relationships and their learning needs, their variability allows us to design and test the technical, social, and instructional requirements of a generic strategy for using technology for effective knowledge mobilization.