ERIC Number: ED491602
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Improving Online Collaborative Learning for Teachers: How Changes to Design Features of the Adolescent Literacy Collaboratory Influenced Participant Retention, Overall Satisfaction, and Engagement
Brettschneider, Allison; Mather, Mary Anne
Education Alliance at Brown University
Key elements of effective teacher development include a focus on curriculum and job-situated problems, hands-on opportunities to apply learning, and collaboration among teachers (Garet, Porter, Desimone, Birman, & Yoon, 2001; Hiebert, Gallimore, & Stigler, 2002; National Staff Development Council, 2001). Program developers at The Education Alliance at Brown University drew upon these principles to create the Adolescent Literacy Collaboratory, a year long professional development initiative for secondary school teachers. The goal is to help science, mathematics, social studies, and English/language arts teachers integrate effective adolescent literacy instruction into their content-area classes. The Collaboratory is designed to provide opportunities for collaboration among teachers, a literacy expert, and content-area coaches through a blend of online and face-to-face activities. In this paper, we describe the Collaboratory design, discuss key design changes between the first and second years of implementation, and examine the levels of participant retention; overall satisfaction with the Collaboratory as a learning experience; and engagement with content, literacy experts, and peers. The purpose of this study was to generate useful preliminary evidence about whether the design adjustments were headed in the right direction and thus guide further refinements to the Collaboratory.
Descriptors: Secondary School Teachers, Program Effectiveness, Teacher Collaboration, Literacy Education, Faculty Development, Online Courses, Curriculum Development, Educational Technology, Adolescents, Cooperative Learning, Teacher Improvement, Experiential Learning, Teacher Participation, Persistence, Teacher Attitudes
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Brown Univ., Providence, RI. Education Alliance for Equity in the Nation's Schools.