Collaborative Presence in a social network-based CoP for teacher professional development on teaching effectiveness: What does it look like and how does it work?

ID: 40613 Type: Best Practices Session
  1. Sarah Haavind, Lesley University, United States
  2. Marielle Palombo, Consultant, United States

Thursday, October 24 11:15-11:35 AM Location: Las Vegas Ballroom 6 View on map

Presider: Pauline Roberts, Edith Cowan University, Australia

Abstract: This presentation describes a social network designed to support teachers whose students complete a feedback survey organized around the Tripod 7Cs of effective teaching: Care, Control, Challenge, Clarify, Captivate, Confer and Consolidate (Ferguson, 2012). After one year in five major US school districts, lessons learned can inform best practice for online TPD. We analyze network design elements such as video and text-based content delivered on an intuitive, socially organized and informal platform. We consider such design principles as a blended model that provides f2f structure and support as well as an asynchronous social networking environment for collaboration. Implementation conditions are examined to address the challenges with achieving productive interactivity. The authors articulate a vision of collaborative presence in online professional communities of practice where teachers regularly seek advice and share results as they strive to improve their teaching effectiveness.

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