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ID : 367
Original submission :
Title : Online Communities of Practice: Towards Configurations for Engagement and Sustainability
Type : Paper (25 minutes)
Category : Individual session
Abstract :

In recent years, the emergence of online communities of practice (CoPs) has redefined teacher continuing professional development. Engagement in online CoPs offers opportunities for reflection, knowledge exchange, participant ownership, and social emotion sharing. However, little research has been conducted about the quality and depth of social interactions among Vietnamese EFL teachers while participating in online CoPs. In response to the call for rigorous research featuring the roles of moderators (Tsiotakis & Jimoyiannis, 2016), the realities of participants’ contribution (Rensfied et al., 2018) and quality of teachers’ interactions (Lantz-Andersson et al., 2018), this study employed a mixed methods research design in analysing Vietnamese EFL teachers’ Facebook groups and conducting an online survey to investigate teachers’ engagement in online CoPs. Facebook was adopted as an online CoP platform because of its popularity in Vietnam - with 60 million users accessing it for about 4 hours a day (Phuong, 2018). This presentation focuses on Vietnamese EFL teachers’ engagement as well as their expectations, strategies and perceived benefits regarding online CoPs. Findings shed lights on different realities of three Facebook groups as CoPs from both active and non-active members’ perspectives, and the stakeholders’ embracement of digital configurations to foster sustainable practices in the given context.

Keywords : online communities of practice, professional development,
Conference theme : Training language teachers in e-learning environments
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Main presenter : Mr. Tien MAI
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Affiliation : Ho Chi Minh City Open University (Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam)
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Biography :

Tien MAI is a teacher educator and trainer at Ho Chi Minh City Open University where he develops and instructs courses such as classroom management, storytelling and digital literacies. His professional interests include creative pedagogies, educational technologies and professional development. His personal writing and research journeys can be found at

Co-presenters : Co-presenter (2) : Mr. Luan Thanh Nguyen (The University of Newcastle, Australia) Co-presenter (3) : Mr. Van Thinh Le (Banking Academy - Phu Yen province) Co-presenter (4) : Ms. Tran Le Nghi Tran (The University of Queensland, Australia)
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Date added : Friday, 15 March 2019, 12:56 AM [JST]
Date modified : Saturday, 4 May 2019, 7:44 PM [JST]
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Peer review :
Submission status : Accepted
Schedule number : 230-P
Schedule day : Aug 9th (Fri)
Schedule time : 12: 05 - 12: 30
Schedule duration : 25 mins
Schedule room name : B103
Schedule room seats : 30 seats
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