The emergence of networked technology has profound
implications for the way in which people communicate
and work at all levels of society. Learning as a key
aspect of life is at the core of such developments.
Technology-enhanced learning (TEL) is a new term that
encompasses the innovative ways in which technology
can support and augment learning including within its
scope collaborative and pedagogic approaches. As
such, TEL presents a range of opportunities for
teacher professional development; an area of
increasing importance in an ever-changing world. This
book explores TEL in the context of teacher education
focusing on the uses of asynchronous conferencing as
part of an open and distance learning course.
Conceived within sociocultural theory this study
develops a framework for stimulating important
aspects of professional learning within reflective
communities of developing teachers. This book
therefore provides a penetrating account for
professional learning and it should be especially
useful to researchers, course developers, teachers,
or anyone interested in the education of
professionals and TEL.