Carpenter co-authors article for The Internet & Higher Education journal
Jeffrey Carpenter, associate professor of education and director of the Teaching Fellows program, co-authored the article in the peer-reviewed journal The Internet and Higher Education.
Jeffrey Carpenter, associate professor of education and director of the Teaching Fellows, has published an article in the journal The Internet and Higher Education, along with co-authors Torrey Trust and Daniel Krutka, of the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the University of North Texas, respectively.
Many faculty and staff in higher education have turned to digitally-enhanced professional learning networks (PLNs) as a means for situated learning that can help them grow in their various professional responsibilities. However, there is scant research on what these PLNs mean to the professional lives of higher educators. We report findings of a qualitative study that investigated participants' perspectives on their PLN experiences through analysis of survey data from 151 higher education faculty and professionals. Data analysis suggested that the anytime, anywhere availability of expansive PLNs, and their capacity to respond to educators' diverse interests and needs, fostered new learning experiences. Participants reported that their PLNs supported professional growth, specifically in the areas of teaching and learning. These findings have implications for defining the present and future of faculty learning and development in a digital age.
The article reference is:
Trust, T., Carpenter, J. P., & Krutka, D. G. (2017). Moving beyond silos: professional learning networks in higher education. The Internet & Higher Education, 35, 1-11.