The Hot Topic Community: Videoconferencing to reduce the professional isolation of teachers in rural Western Australia

Broadley, Tania, Boyd, Don, & Terry, Emmy (2009) The Hot Topic Community: Videoconferencing to reduce the professional isolation of teachers in rural Western Australia. In Lyons, Terry, Choi, Joon-Yul, & McPhan, Greg (Eds.) ISFIRE 2009, SiMERR National Centre, UNE : Armidale, NSW, 76 - 84.

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Access to quality professional learning and the opportunity to collaborate with other educators can be limited for teachers in rural and remote areas of Western Australia. A recognised need to enhance the skills of rural teaching professionals and encourage teachers in small communities to join collegial networks was established by the members of several professional organisations. A working group consisting of representatives from the Australian College of Educators-WA (ACE-WA), the Rural and Remote Education Advisory Council (RREAC), the Society for the Provision of Education in Rural Australia (SPERA) and the School of Isolated and Distance Education (SIDE) provided teachers in rural areas with the opportunity to reduce professional isolation through the provision of relevant, convenient, and cost effective in-service education. Through a videoconferencing system, accessed within the Western Australian Telecentre Network and other educational organisations, the audience connected and participated with the presenter and studio based audience for two Hot Topics Seminars in 2008. This paper reports on the challenges and successes encountered by the working group and the findings of the research conducted throughout 2008.

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ID Code: 93399
Item Type: Conference Paper
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Deposited On: 07 Mar 2016 00:35
Last Modified: 11 Mar 2016 04:07

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