Faculty Publications

Document Type


Publication Date

April 2016

Publication Title

American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting


Case Studies, Teacher Education - Pre-Service, Technology


Online and Distance Education | Teacher Education and Professional Development


Isolation is often a problem in online courses. In this qualitative study, we used care ethics perspectives to design the social organization of an online course to foster the development of robust collaborative professional relationships. Redesign focused on two areas. First, we centered all assignments on complex real-world problems. Second, we used dialogic instructor-assisted self-assessment. We found that students built professional relationships through dialogue, and simultaneously produced high-quality work. The significance of this work lies in its potential to help other instructors address the challenge of helping teachers adopt collaboration as a professional disposition.


Paper presented as part of the session: Online Teaching and Learning SIG Paper Session 3.This paper is also available in the AERA Online Paper Repository. Each presenter retains copyright on the full-text paper. Repository users should follow legal and ethical practices in their use of repository material; permission to reuse material must be sought from the presenter, who owns copyright. Users should be aware of the AERA Code of Ethics.