Creating Virtual Cooperative Learning Experiences for Aspiring School Leaders and Practitioners with Web 2.0
Academic Leadership - Online Journal,
Vol. 9 No. 3 (2008): Vol-9-Issue-3-March-2008
Whenever the personal pronoun “I” is used in the introduction and in the conclusion, it refers
to the lead author who was the source of the original idea for the grant, developed the grant
objectives, and implemented the grant in his classes and reflect his important professional
experiences that led to the grant proposal and the analysis of its accomplishment.
In December of 2008, the authors were awarded a University of North Carolina at Charlotte funded
curriculum and instructional development grant based on two innovative ideas for preparing future
school leaders: (1) the creation and use of wikis to expand and deepen student learning beyond the
classroom, and (2) the creation of a virtual social network to connect current educational leadership
students and graduates, providing the opportunity and the means for networking between students and
practitioners, practitioners with each other, and both groups with educational leadership professors
around the proposition that solving problems of practice (whether in the graduate classroom or in the
K-12 arena) can be significantly enhanced by sharing personal knowledge of research-based
strategies and school-proven best practices.