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Virtual communities as training agents: towards lifelong models of teacher training
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, , Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Spain

E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-60-0 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), San Diego, CA

Abstract

Virtual communities emerge out of the need of moving from static traditional training systems to new possibilities supported by technology that allow collaboration and continuous renewal of knowledge. Trainees constantly revisit contents and are appalled by the interaction with other community members. In this paper we will make reference to an in-service training course we designed and carried out for English as a Foreign Language secondary school teachers. We analyse how the course and its development has been supported by the use of different technological tools and web-based platforms, which have allowed the creation of a virtual community. Qualitative data give us revealing data on the fears and attitudes by teachers towards technology and the way they approach the use of tools in their teaching procedures. The process shows results on how from an instructional proposal using web-based technology tools and resources emerged new spaces for communication and new lifelong learning practices that led to the creation of a virtual community of practice, which still persists.

Citation

Camacho, M. & Gisbert, M. (2006). Virtual communities as training agents: towards lifelong models of teacher training. In T. Reeves & S. Yamashita (Eds.), Proceedings of E-Learn 2006--World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education (pp. 1099-1104). Honolulu, Hawaii, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved August 18, 2019 from .

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