The Internet Learning Forum: Designing and Building an Online Community of Practice
Julie A. Moore, Diana Treahy, Chin-chi Chao, Sasha Barab, Indiana University, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, ISBN 978-1-880094-37-2 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC USA
This paper reports an effort to create opportunities for teachers' professional development using the web and video technology. In view of the lack of critical reflective discussion among teachers in current teacher professional development programs, we address the problem of how developing Web and video technologies may be useful in providing innovative and effective professional development opportunities for pre-service and in-service teachers. Developed from situated cognition and community of practice perspectives, the Internet Learning Forum (ILF) is a new community model for professional development. Using the video demonstration as the anchoring point, participants engage in discussion that helps them examine their own assumptions about teaching and learning, reflect on their practices, and exchange information with other members in the community.
Moore, J.A., Treahy, D., Chao, C.c. & Barab, S. (2000). The Internet Learning Forum: Designing and Building an Online Community of Practice. In D. Willis, J. Price & J. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2000--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 2208-2213). Waynesville, NC USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).