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The Online Water Cooler: Inviting Faculty into Professional Development through the Entry Point Framework

, University of Antwerp, Belgium ; , University of San Francisco and BrainJolt, United States ; , University of Oklahoma, United States

EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Montreal, Canada ISBN 978-1-880094-56-3 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC


Today many University systems are adopting policies that require faculty to create technology-based educational opportunities. However, faculty members often lack the skills and resources to engage in such endeavors. Further, evidence can be found in many studies that current modes of professional development have not effectively addressed the individual needs of faculty. Therefore, the primary goal of this paper is to showcase a new research-based professional development prototype tool. Employing the Entry Point Framework to address different ways that individual faculty members learn, process information, and manage innovation, the professional development prototype tool is designed to engage various faculty members and invite them into a professional community of practice.


De Loght, T., Dara-Abrams, B. & Shortridge, A. (2005). The Online Water Cooler: Inviting Faculty into Professional Development through the Entry Point Framework. In P. Kommers & G. Richards (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2005--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 2622-2627). Montreal, Canada: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved February 16, 2019 from .


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