Online Community for Teachers of ELLs

Robert Lucas and John Willinsky

This paper recommends strategies for cultivating—as opposed to centrally planning—an online community that supports the goals of Understanding Language, beginning with the assumption that technological development should serve the needs and shared goals of community members.

While building an online community, the authors propose monitoring four dimensions of group health—remuneration, influence, belonging, and significance—and suggest practical strategies for cultivating each.



Robert Lucas says that for Understanding Language, change is not only about spreading resources but building a community with shared ideas. How can our community develop excellent resources while also making room for experimentation?

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