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The UBT Knowledge Center: A Collaborative Design Approach
University for Business and Technology, Kosovo.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2883-8860
University of the Pacific, USA.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4201-8335
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Technology, Department of Informatics. (Information Management)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3670-6537
2017 (English)In: UBT 6th Annual International Conference 2017: Leadership and Innovation / [ed] Hajrizi, E., 2017, p. 306-306Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In setting the institutional vision for University for Business and Technology in 2001, founder Dr. Edmond Hajrizi sought to educate Kosovo students to become active contributors to the society and in the workplace, within the country, the Balkans region, and beyond. The UBT Knowledge Center initiative extends the founding vision of national development through higher education. Since local knowledge, identity, and learning are necessarily situated, Kosovar students, faculty, staff, and administrators serve as topical experts and international educators from Sweden and the United States serve as design facilitators. Participatory design commenced in April 2017 when international faculty from Sweden and the United States co-taught a graduate level course, Information Systems Analysis, Design, and Modelling, at the Pristina campus. Working with UBT administrators, directors, managers, and librarians, students worked in teams to co-design three essential parts of a holistic Knowledge Center ecosystem: a digital environment to advance local knowledge visibility, an organizational environment to enhance boundary crossing collaboration, and a digital academic library environment to enable discovery of and access to published academic scholarship.Following these ‘learn by doing’ instructional activities, exploratory knowledge managementdiscussions produced a Knowledge Center concept paper in July 2017, with funding from the Fulbright Specialist Program. The white paper recognizes the social context of learning – that knowledge is acquired and understood through action, interaction, and sharing with others. It thereby anticipates the social relationships necessary for information exchange and knowledge creation, oftentimes enabled by technology, for knowledge incubation in the university and beyond. This collaborative design approach anticipates continuing to convene multidisciplinaryconversations and to integrate interdisciplinary coursework into realization of the University’sfounding knowledge vision which recognizes the critical importance of developing new and more complex ways for connecting people, information, and technology in the university and with the society. In response, the UBT Knowledge Center aims to foster knowledge creation which curates and preserves intellectual, cultural, national, and regional resources for future generations.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. p. 306-306
Keyword [en]
knowledge center, higher education, Fulbright Specialist Program
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Information Systems
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Computer and Information Sciences Computer Science, Information Systems
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-73590ISBN: 978-9951-437-54-7 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-73590DiVA, id: diva2:1201144
Conference
UBT International Conference 2017 - International Conferences on Education and Development. Durrës, Albania, 27-29 October 2017.
Note

Note: This international collaboration is funded in part by a 2017 Fulbright Specialist Program award from the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, United States of America.

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