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LabNet: An intentional electronic community for professional development


Computers & Education Volume 24, Number 3, ISSN 0360-1315 Publisher: Elsevier Ltd


Ongoing contact and peer support are essential to continued professional growth for educators. An electronic community can provide a supportive environment to foster change and growth and to lessen the isolation often found in teaching. Experience with TERC's LabNet project suggests that a successful electronic community requires careful design, comfort with the technology among the users, and a commitment by members to active participation. Skilled moderators play essential leadership roles using a variety of modes of communication to nurture collegial connections and reflective conversations. Networks are not a replacement for other forms of contact, training, and professional development. However, with careful attention to technical and social design, electronic communities can provide fertile ground for ongoing learning and professional growth.


Spitzer, W. & Wedding, K. (1995). LabNet: An intentional electronic community for professional development. Computers & Education, 24(3), 247-255. Elsevier Ltd. Retrieved August 5, 2021 from .

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