Investigating the role of ePortfolios and online courses in a community of practice: Assisting Bulgarian special educators with lifelong competency development

Rob Peterson, Jan Herrington, Deslea Konza, Mira Tzvetkova-Arsova, Krassen Stefanov

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    Abstract

    Research and development for an Internet- facilitated distributed community of practice (DCoP) for special education in Bulgaria is in its final phase. Results from the needs assessment indicated that special education researchers, practitioners, and parents in Bulgaria would benefit from such a community and that there is sufficient Internet access. Formative evaluation results directed website usability and sociability improvements and the incorporation of Moodle, a popular course management system. An effectiveness evaluation is currently underway to investigate the DCoP’s effect on the job performance and satisfaction of special educators. Preliminary results indicate that though a DCoP has begun to coalesce, it may remain unclear if it helps special educators do their jobs better. Partnership with the European Union 6th Framework integrated project, TENCompetence, may help address this finding. The expected outcomes of such a partnership include the implementation and testing of ePortfolios and online courses to assist Bulgarian special educators with lifelong competency development.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages80 -91
    Publication statusPublished - 8 Nov 2007
    EventFifth International ePortfolio Conference - Maastricht , Netherlands
    Duration: 16 Oct 200719 Oct 2007
    Conference number: 5

    Conference

    ConferenceFifth International ePortfolio Conference
    Abbreviated titleE-Portfolio 2007
    Country/TerritoryNetherlands
    CityMaastricht
    Period16/10/0719/10/07

    Keywords

    • community of practice
    • portfolio
    • special education
    • competence development

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