Online Support for Teacher Community of Practice
Aaron Powell, Virginia Tech, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Orlando, Florida, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-58-7 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
The purpose of this roundtable is to discuss the problems faced in supporting intentional community of practice for teachers, particularly the socio-technical implications. The focus is on open and flexible systems that increase access and mutuality among teachers and better meet their needs. First is a brief discussion of teacher professional development, then an explanation of the relevance of community of practice theory. An open-source cooperative learning system, Sakai, will be explored for its potential as a portal to support teacher community, within the context of a current study of its adoption by a teacher cohort.
Powell, A. (2006). Online Support for Teacher Community of Practice. In C. Crawford, R. Carlsen, K. McFerrin, J. Price, R. Weber & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2006--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 2633-2638). Orlando, Florida, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).