It is important now for me to focus my work around my two original research questions:
In a virtual environment for teachers’ continuous professional development:
° How does an online community support the development of teachers’ competence in online collaboration and discourse?
° How do social aspects, such as social presence and social ties, contribute to this collaboration and discourse?These questions should act as lenses through which I analyse the data that I've collected and write up my results. The end may be still some way off, but I can nevertheless see the light at the end of the tunnel - thanks to the support of my critical friends in Lancaster.