Communities of Practice: Creating Learning Environments for Educators

Editors, Chris Kimble, Paul Hildreth and Isabelle Bourdon
Publisher, Information Age Publishing

As a two volume set:
Hard cover ISBN: 1593118678 , Soft cover ISBN: 159311866X

As separate volumes:
Hard Cover - Vol 1 ISBN: 1593118635 , Vol 2 ISBN: 1593118651
Soft Cover - Vol 1 ISBN: 1593118627 , Vol 2 ISBN: 1593118643


Joan Kang Shin, University of Maryland, USA


Joan Kang Shin is a full-time lecturer in the Education Department at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). She is the Coordinator of Online and Off-campus Programs in the ESOL/Bilingual Education Master's Program. In addition, she is also a doctoral candidate in the Language, Literacy and Culture Doctoral Program at UMBC. As a teacher trainer in the field of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), Joan embraces both online and face-to-face teaching environments. Her current research revolves around building successful virtual Communities of Practice (vCoPs) for TESOL teaching professionals around the world.


Volume 2, Chapter 8 - Distributing Teaching Presence: Engaging Teachers of English to Young Learners in an International Virtual Community of Inquiry