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Online Spaces as Sources of Informal Learning for Teachers
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, Lock Haven University, United States

Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Las Vegas, NV, United States ISBN 978-1-939797-37-7 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA

Abstract

Informal learning opportunities such as those found in online spaces can serve as valuable sources of professional learning for educators who often note that professional development does not meet their needs. This paper presents a small portion of the findings of a larger study intended to determine what types of discourse develop in online spaces for teachers and what patterns emerge through this unique venue for knowledge sharing as participants learn from one another informally. Using a modified coding scheme based on Arvaja’s original (2012), data analyzed from three online discussion forums revealed five types of discourse in conjunction with eleven distinct themes found among the postings. In addition, findings support adult learning theory that distinguishes the role of lived experience and tacit knowledge as crucial to learning.

Citation

Zelonis, K. (2019). Online Spaces as Sources of Informal Learning for Teachers. In K. Graziano (Ed.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 583-594). Las Vegas, NV, United States: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved November 18, 2019 from .

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