Professional Communication in the Learning Marketspace: A Call for Partnering

Ann H Duin, Doreen Starke-Meyerring

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As society increasingly inhabits digital spaces in addition to physical places, the environment in which professional communication programs function undergoes fundamental change. The specific dynamics of these digital spaces have resulted in the emergence of learning marketspaces and present a program with three choices for positioning itself: (1) staying at its homestead, its own individual home page; (2) paying rent for a space in someone else's learning marketspace; or (3) partnering to build a learning marketspace. This article addresses the third choice and suggests how programs may go about partnering to build a learning marketspace. The authors examine the following questions: Why partner to develop a learning marketspace? What are critical components of a learning marketspace for professional communication? and How might we assess a program's readiness for partnering in the learning marketspace?

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)346-361
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Business and Technical Communication
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 1 2003


  • Distance learning
  • E-portfolios
  • Learning marketspace
  • Online education
  • Partnering


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