Collaborative Problem Solving in Mathematics Online Professional Development
Abstract: Using collaborative problem solving to develop a “learning community” among mathematics teachers is an established approach to professional development within the field (Lachance & Confrey, 2003; Ryve, 2007). However, the question of whether an online environment adequately facilitates the development of a learning community among teacher-learners remains unanswered (Kim & Bonk, 2006). This roundtable will focus on how one online approach to professional development used by the faculty of Unnamed College promoted community building and collaborative problem-solving among K-12 mathematics teachers in rural Unnamed State. Participants will use Unnamed College’s model as a springboard for discussion of successes and challenges in structuring and conducting online professional development mathematics courses in ways that conform to the principles of reform-based mathematics instruction.