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Abstract Title: Impact of online discussion in forming a community of practice for educators
Abstract: Community formation is important in identity development of teachers. However, many teacher communities form in isolation from each other, and demonstrate limited sustainability over time. Texas A&M University-Commerce has designed a unique online Master program to prepare high school teachers with better informed teaching practices in their own high schools by reinforcing foundational and pedagogical content knowledge within a remote collaborative learning environment. Using the community of practice theoretical framework, we discuss the role of course structure in promoting an ongoing online discourse among participants as they practice: learning physics, teaching, and overcoming their challenges.
We analyze written data from students' participation in the online discussion boards as part of the coursework requirement to investigate the effect of online video lectures, homework assignments, and reading assignments in providing opportunities for practice and collaboration among members.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Session Time: Poster Session II
Poster Number: B84

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Bahar Modir
Texas A&M University-Commerce
P.O. Box 3011
Commerce, TX 75429-3011
Phone: 785-320-9066
and Co-Presenter(s)
Robynne Lock
William G. Newton