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Learning Together, Virtually Present: Teacher Professional Development in the RACOL Project
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, , , University of Alberta, Canada

EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Lugano, Switzerland ISBN 978-1-880094-53-2 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC

Abstract

Teachers in the Rural Advanced Community of Learners (RACOL) project in northern Alberta, Canada, are teaching geographically separate classes in up to 5 schools, some over 100 km apart, using Virtual Presence Learning Environments (VPLEs). These classrooms include synchronous and asynchronous distance learning technologies including multipoint video conferencing, SMART Board(TM) web-shared whiteboards, web-connected computers and visualizers. Some of the participating teachers have prior experience with audiographic teaching at a distance, while others are new to synchronous distance education. This paper describes the professional development team, theoretical framework, activities and outcomes in the professional development facet of the RACOL project.

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Geelan, D., Fiege, K. & Peacock, K. (2004). Learning Together, Virtually Present: Teacher Professional Development in the RACOL Project. In L. Cantoni & C. McLoughlin (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2004--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 3316-3320). Lugano, Switzerland: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved August 19, 2019 from .

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