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In this seminar we address the complex question of: What should online support for Australia’s teachers look like?
We provide an overview of the complicated network of government, commercial, and research websites that provide resources and communities for teachers. We turn to the literature and the theory to discuss the gaps that remain. For example, why, in the face of so many online portals, do teachers resort to querying through Google?
We posit suggestions about the kinds of online support would have a significant impact, in terms of initial teacher education, professional identity, job satisfaction, and retention. Our talk is grounded in four years’ experience developing TeachConnect (www.teachconnect.edu.au) a design-based research project creating an online platform to support teachers. We discuss the policy context within which the challenge of supporting teachers online occurs and pragmatic approaches to research within this paradigm.