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Nested Communities for Professional Development
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E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, in Quebec City, Canada ISBN 978-1-880094-63-1 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), San Diego, CA

Abstract

This paper shares the experience, reflections and lessons learned by the designers and facilitators of a large online learning community, funded by the National Science Foundation to serve as an electronic infrastructure for NSF's Math Science Partnership Program. This learning community, MSPnet ( http://mspnet.org ) was created to serve multiple, nested communities composed of university faculty, K-12 educators, administrators, and professional developers who were engaged in efforts to improve math and science education. The paper will focus on how one designs online communities that facilitate effective professional development. It will focus on three factors that strongly affect the user experience -- the structure of the online community, the nature of the professional development, and the facilitation and administration that takes place behind the scenes.

Citation

Falk, J. & Drayton, B. (2007). Nested Communities for Professional Development. In T. Bastiaens & S. Carliner (Eds.), Proceedings of E-Learn 2007--World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education (pp. 1521-1525). Quebec City, Canada: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved January 29, 2020 from .

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