Communities of Practice

Wednesday, 16 December 2009, 17:28 | Category : Education Technology
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Communities of practice are everywhere.  Groups of people who join together to form a community based around a shared practice, interest or activity. Some people are in the center of the group, others are around the edges.  Both play critical roles in the sustainability of the community.  The community is continually shaped by the participation [...]

Schlager and Fusco: Teacher PD, Tech and CoPs

Wednesday, 16 December 2009, 16:18 | Category : Education Technology
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Schlager, M. S., & Fusco, J. (2003). Teacher Professional Development, Technology, and Communities of Practice: Are We Putting the Cart Before the Horse? The Information Society, 19, 203. doi: 10.1080/01972240390210046 Mark Schlager is the co- founder of TAPPED IN an online community of practice established in 1997.  Judith Fusco is the project co-director and community [...]

Design and Structure of Online Community: Inquiry Learning Forum

Barab, S. A., MaKinster James G, Moore, J. A., & Cunningham, D. J. (2001). Designing and building an on-line community: The struggle to support sociability in the Inquiry Learning Forum. Educational Technology, Research and Development, 49(4), 71. Teachers need to have ownership in a community in order for it to be successful.  Wenger (1998) describes [...]

Sustainable Online Communities: What are the factors?

Hur, J., & Hara, N. (2007). Factors Cultivating Sustainable Online Communities for K-12 Teacher Professional Development. Journal of Educational Computing Research, 36(3), 245-268. doi: 10.2190/37H8-7GU7-5704-K470 In this study of online teacher community called INDISCHOOL in Korea, the researchers examined online postings from the community and conducted interviews.  12 factors were identified as a resulte of [...]