An online environment for value added learning : more than you bargained for

Warren, Colin 2009, An online environment for value added learning : more than you bargained for, in The power of you : Learning Technologies Conference,, Australia, pp. 1-5.

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Title An online environment for value added learning : more than you bargained for
Author(s) Warren, Colin
Conference name Learning Technologies Conference (2009 : Mooloolaba, Qld.)
Conference location Mooloolaba, Qld.
Conference dates 19-20 November 2009
Title of proceedings The power of you : Learning Technologies Conference
Editor(s) [Unknown]
Publication date 2009
Conference series Learning Technologies Conference
Start page 1
End page 5
Total pages 5
Place of publication Australia
Keyword(s) professional development
learning community
web 2.0
social software
Summary Online web-based technologies are increasingly being used in educational and professional contexts to create an effective environment for teaching or professional learning. A number of studies have explored the intersections between on and off line teaching and learning, participants’ perceptions, and claims of connectedness and community fostered by online sites (Jones, 1998; Rheingold, 1995; Soderstrom, 2006). This paper will outline the development, functionality and usefulness of the online environment (Drupal) installed and used to support the Australian Government Summer School for Teachers of English. It includes an analysis of the virtual environment (social software) established for the Summer School. The research project aimed to determine what aspects of an online environment supported the success of this national professional development activity that incorporated physically present, and online communication, connection, and collaboration between 200 teachers over a period of seven months. In this paper the site manager explains their role and perspective of the potential of social software for learning.
Language eng
Field of Research 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
Socio Economic Objective 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
ERA Research output type E Conference publication
HERDC collection year 2009
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