Groups and Networks: Teachers’ Educational Networking at B@UNAM

  • Francisco Cervantes-PérezEmail author
  • Guadalupe Vadillo
  • Jackeline Bucio
Part of the Lecture Notes in Social Networks book series (LNSN)


The purpose of this chapter is to present an integrated proposal that can provide the setting for a virtual academic community of practice among teachers of a Mexican online high school involved in specific projects. The design process of an initial social site called Academic-match is described, as well as its evaluation. Given the challenges related to the tool’s networking potential that were met, a second proposal is provided. It integrates three distinct but interrelated elements: teacher recruitment, teacher selection, and collaboration among them. Recruitment of teachers is done through a call for participation in each of the specific academic projects involved through existing academic social networks. The selection process, according to the established criteria for each project, is done through Academic-match, in its improved version that involves new functionalities. Finally, collaborative work among the selected teachers is achieved through a virtual academic community of practice. This final proposal takes advantage of the qualities of each tool and allows for specific tailoring depending on the project at hand and the initial number of potential participants. This proposal lets teachers feel free to engage in tasks, yet it provides a structure for organizing and a space for collaboration.


Educational networking Social network Online social network Social network sites Social learning 



Asociación Nacional de Instituciones de Educación Superior


Academic Social Networks


Bachillerato a Distancia de la UNAM


Educational Social Networks


Globally Networked Learning Environment


Information and Communication Technologies


iPhone Operating System


Networked Participatory Scholarship


Social Networks


Social Networking Sites


Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México


Virtual Academic Community of Practice


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Francisco Cervantes-Pérez
    • 1
    Email author
  • Guadalupe Vadillo
    • 2
  • Jackeline Bucio
    • 2
  1. 1.Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), CUAED and ENES-MoreliaMexico CityMexico
  2. 2.UNAM-CUAED-B@UNAMMexico CityMexico

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