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The Concept of Online Learning Communities for Successful Technology Integration
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, University of Texas at Austin, United States

E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, in Orlando, Florida, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-83-9 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), San Diego, CA

Abstract

This paper reports on the analysis of an online forum built to support teachers’ integration of a hypermedia learning environment, Alien Rescue, in their 6th grade classrooms. The data collected are teachers' comments posted in the aforementioned online forum. Four categories were utilized to label teachers’ types of comments. Findings indicate that teachers used the online forum mostly to share teaching techniques when using Alien Rescue as well as to discuss technical issues encountered. Although, teachers were provided with a safe online environment to reflect on their practice while using technology, description rather than reflection was a more common practice. This study suggests that an online forum is a starting place for teachers to engage in contextualized learning and become more successful in their classroom technology integration. However, some work is still needed for teachers to engage in critical reflection, and therefore for meaningful learning to happen.

Citation

Santana, L. (2010). The Concept of Online Learning Communities for Successful Technology Integration. In J. Sanchez & K. Zhang (Eds.), Proceedings of E-Learn 2010--World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education (pp. 2127-2134). Orlando, Florida, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved November 18, 2019 from .

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