Connected Educators Project

The importance of online communities of practice for educators has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Education’s National Educational Technology Plan.  The plan emphasizes the critical role that these communities can potentially play in ensuring that professional educators are well connected to the content, resources, data, information, peers, and expertise they need to be highly effective.

As a result of this emphasis, the U.S. Department of Education funded the Connected Educators Project.  As one of seven project partners, the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation leads the research for the Connected Educators Project. In particular, the Connected Educators team members’ work focuses on the utilization of evaluation tools and techniques designed to assess the development and impact of online communities. The team uses site analytics and social networking analysis to gather quantitative information about how participants actually use these resources. Using a value creation framework, the team tries to determine the extent to which the community is providing different forms of value to members.

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Dr. Sherry Booth Freeman 
Senior Research Scholar

Dr. Lauren Bryant
Research Scholar

Dr. Shaun Kellogg
Research Associate