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Where Did You Get That Lesson? Understanding Online Teacher Resource Exchanges

Abramovich, Samuel (2013) Where Did You Get That Lesson? Understanding Online Teacher Resource Exchanges. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Teachers are increasingly using websites as their primary resource for finding instructional materials. These sites often encourage teachers to both upload and download their own materials while leaving ratings and comments about other resources. Yet despite the large number of participants and amount of data generated by these websites, we know relatively little about how they influence teacher selection of resources. The results of two investigations of large-scale popular sites, TeachersPayTeachers and TFANet, are shared. The examination of the data generated by these sites provided distinct patterns of teacher participation and use. Among the findings is the surprising result that a large number of ratings, positive or negative, is a predictor of a resource's popularity. These findings also lead to suggestions for how teacher educators and instructional designers can improve use and operation of online teacher resource exchanges.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Abramovich, Samuelsja24@pitt.eduSJA24
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairSchunn, Christianschunn@pitt.eduSCHUNN
Committee MemberMatsumura, Lindsay Clarelclare@pitt.eduLCLARE
Committee MemberCorrenti, Richardrcorrent@pitt.eduRCORRENT
Committee MemberHalverson,
Date: 30 August 2013
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 27 June 2013
Approval Date: 30 August 2013
Submission Date: 26 July 2013
Access Restriction: 5 year -- Restrict access to University of Pittsburgh for a period of 5 years.
Number of Pages: 125
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Education > Learning Sciences and Policy
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Teaching Resources, Metadata, Ratings, Hierarchical Linear Model, Human- Computer Interface
Date Deposited: 30 Aug 2013 18:40
Last Modified: 30 Aug 2018 05:15


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