About my research

My research was set in the context of the European Commission’s eTwinning initiative and it looked specifically at the use of eTwinning Learning Events (non-formal learning). It examined how the community influences the development of teachers’ competence in online collaboration and discourse, and it considered the contribution of social aspects and online moderation.

I am very grateful to my supervisor, Dr. Julie-Ann Sime from Lancaster University, and to my eTwinning soulmate, Tiina Sarisalmi, for their invaluable support. And to my examiners, Prof. Marilyn Leask from the University of Bedfordshire and Dr. Don Passey from the University of Lancaster, for their valuable advice.
Keywords: online learning communities; community of inquiry; online collaboration; content analysis; social presence; social ties; teacher training

Sunday, 10 March 2013

European Journal of  Education

Hi everyone,

Just to let you know that a paper has recently been published on my research in the European Journal of  Education: 

Holmes, B. (2013). School Teachers' Continuous Professional Development in an Online Learning Community: lessons from a case study of an eTwinning Learning Event. European Journal of Education, 48(1), 97-112 http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/ejed.12015/pdf 

The paper is in a special edition of the journal entitled 'ICT and Education: taking stock of progress and looking at the future'. It includes an editorial by colleagues from the Commission (click on the image for the table of contents).


March 2013.