The evolution of an online community - a case study

Riverin, Suzanne and Stacey, Elizabeth 2007, The evolution of an online community - a case study, Research and practice in technology enhanced learning, vol. 2, no. 3, pp. 267-297.

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Title The evolution of an online community - a case study
Author(s) Riverin, Suzanne
Stacey, Elizabeth
Journal name Research and practice in technology enhanced learning
Volume number 2
Issue number 3
Start page 267
End page 297
Publisher World Scientific
Place of publication Singapore
Publication date 2007-11
ISSN 1793-2068
Keyword(s) electronic network
professional development
communities of practice, ENO/REO
online learning
computer Science
social Sciences
Summary This article reflects findings from a long term case study of an online community of practice established through a network for the professional education of teachers in Ontario, Canada. The Education Network of Ontario/Réseau éducatif de l'Ontario (ENO/REO) was created in 1992–1993 to support and connect teachers from kindergarten to grade 12 in the province of Ontario. Its mandate was to ensure that all teachers had free access to the Internet and to each other and to encourage the development of skills in the area of information and communication technology with the ultimate goal of using those skills to improve classroom practice. The study investigated whether information technology had the potential to connect teachers to each other in order to build the capacity to create networks where professional learning could take place in a cost-efficient and flexible time and/or place. It was found that participants were early adopters who enjoyed innovation, that online networkswere supportive for learning but hard to maintain over time, and though they supported the integration of technology in the classroom, other barriers within schools could challenge this effect.
Language eng
Field of Research 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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