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Title: Can Online Learning Communities Achieve the Goals of Traditional Professional Learning Communities? What the Literature Says
Description: Professional learning communities (PLCs)—teams of educators who meet regularly to exchange ideas, monitor student progress, and identify professional learning needs—reflect a growing interest in promoting professional development that engages teachers and administrators. Increasingly, teachers are able to participate in online and hybrid PLCs in addition to PLCs that meet face-to-face. This report examines: characteristics of PLCs, as reported in the literature; advantages and challenges of online and hybrid PLCs, compared to face-to-face PLCs; and considerations for the design and setup of online and hybrid PLCs.
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Cover Date: September 2013
Web Release: September 18, 2013
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Publication #: REL 2013003
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Associated Centers: NCEE
Type of Product: What's Known
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