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Multidisciplinary Review of Communities in Online Professional Development Programs
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, , Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, United States

E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-90-7 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), San Diego, CA

Abstract

Several online professional development programs are exploring the educational value of utilizing online communities for supporting learning. Though many online communities are being designed, much research is needed to know the determinants of success. This multidisciplinary review investigates a) how the elements of design of the online communities reflect design principles of CoP, and b) the role of the instructor in online communities within professional development programs. Findings reveal that design challenges faced by such online communities are developing interdependence among online community members, setting a future path of the CoP within a program, and overcoming technological problems. This literature review informs future design of online communities and offers suggestions for further research.

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Khurana, C. & Boling, E. (2011). Multidisciplinary Review of Communities in Online Professional Development Programs. In C. Ho & M. Lin (Eds.), Proceedings of E-Learn 2011--World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education (pp. 1990-1996). Honolulu, Hawaii, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved August 20, 2019 from .

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