Title: Online forums as a resource for teacher professional development: lessons from a web-based community of practice and influence

Authors: John P. Cuthell

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Abstract: This paper describes a number of small-scale studies that focus on the ways in which e-learning can be integrated in a range of settings for teachers and their pupils. They examine a range of projects: those based in classrooms, home-school environments, after school activities, school-based Continuous Professional Development (CPD), subject-based CPD in national contexts and post-graduate accreditation. The work of primary and secondary school pupils and adult learners is considered.

Keywords: online discussion; online forums; e-forums; continuous professional development; CPD; teacher development; e-learning; online learning; web based communities; primary education; secondary education; adult learners; after school activities; postgraduate accreditation.

DOI: 10.1504/IJWBC.2008.019195

International Journal of Web Based Communities, 2008 Vol.4 No.3, pp.359 - 365

Published online: 02 Jul 2008 *

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