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Abstract Title: How Can Asynchronous Communication Support Virtual Faculty Learning Communities?
Abstract: The Physics and Astronomy New Faculty Workshop (NFW) does a good job of inspiring participants to try evidence-based teaching practices, but participants often face significant barriers to innovation that cause them to eventually revert to traditional instruction. Faculty Online Learning Communities (FOLCs) are year-long, virtual faculty communities designed to support participants after attending the in-person NFW. FOLCs provides participants with a community of peers and ongoing support to make it more likely that they will overcome barriers to improved teaching. In this presentation, we will analyze one FOLC communication channel: a private online message board. We will discuss how factors like the frequency and type of comments change over time as FOLC participants generate mutual trust and how these discussions support the learning that takes place during the synchronous FOLC meetings.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Joel C. Corbo
University of Colorado Boulder
and Co-Presenter(s)
Melissa Dancy
University of Colorado Boulder

Charles Henderson
Western Michigan University

Andy Rundquist
Hamline University

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