Five more readings on the subject of online professional …

Educational Research: Five Further Reading on Online Career Development

We share five resources on online career development. © Black Jack / Shutterstock

Welcome to this month’s edition of Educational Research: Five More Reads. In this series we take a look at some further reading on a specific topic, including open access research papers from various online databases, and Teacher Archive content you may not have come across yet.

Living and working during the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in teachers around the world working remotely for extended periods of time. At the Teacher Magazine, we reported on how teachers effectively taught and assessed during school closings and how they have recently been engaging with educational research in online communities.

In this edition of five advanced readings, we share five resources dedicated to online career development.

  1. Professional development from a distance: Rapid Evidence Assessment. This quick review, conducted by Evidence for Learning, analyzed the available evidence on the effectiveness of distance development approaches versus face-to-face and mixed approaches. The review was conducted to assist school principals during times of remote working due to COVID-19, and also examined the role of remote mentoring, the use of video, and the use of interactive content.
  2. Online Communities of Teachers to Support Situational Knowledge: A Design-Based Study. To assess whether an online community of educators can support the development of situational knowledge, and more generally to assist prospective teachers in transitioning from university to in-service teaching, researchers at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) are working with academics to conduct an online -Platform developed by eight other universities, which was carried out over three years. In this report, they outline the design of the online platform, how it was used by the teaching staff involved in the study, and how it is overall effective. “The prevalence of pragmatic support within the platform suggests that it is useful for teachers to share declarative knowledge,” the researchers concluded. Note that teachers can join the TeachConnect platform described in this article at
  3. Towards a thriving digital resource ecology with teachers. In this report, released in March 2020, researchers are evaluating four digital platforms developed by the Victorian Department of Education and Training for educator use (FUSE, eduSTAR, Digital Learning News, and DIGIPUBS) to determine if a more innovative digital resource model is required. The report’s authors conducted a review of other online digital education centers and made recommendations for best practices in designing a digital hub.
  4. Continuous Professional Online Learning: A Model for Improving Reading Outcomes in Regional and Remote Schools? This article by Main & Slater of Edith Cowan University describes a research project that provides professional online learning in reading classes. The model included teaching coaching and the use of an existing learning management system (LMS) to provide professional learning materials and share examples of participant videos. The data collected through the project seemed to show the effectiveness of professional online learning in terms of participant engagement, changes in classroom practice, and student outcomes.
  5. The perception of online teachers in initial teacher education to use web conferencing to support professional discussions. In this study, academics from the University of Tasmania analyzed the impact of weekly web conferencing on professional conversation opportunities for student teachers. “The study found that initial teacher training students felt that the web conferencing generated higher levels of engagement, satisfaction, and a sense of achievement than alternative activities, including face-to-face training,” the authors write.

You can find some of the resources featured in this article in the Cunningham Library Catalog and EdResearch Online. Use the links below to search these two online databases for additional resources related to online career development.

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