STEM Teachers’ Community Building Through a Social Tutoring Platform

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Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9412)


Teachers’ knowledge and skills have a great impact on students’ learning outcomes. Teachers’ vocational training has been a research topic in technology-enhanced learning for years. The Go-Lab project aims to engage school students with STEM topics by bringing online laboratory experiments based on inquiry learning approach into the classroom. In Go-Lab, teachers’ knowledge and skills in inquiry learning with online labs are important. Thus, we have launched the Go-Lab Tutoring Platform, a social tutoring platform for teachers’ expertise sharing and community building through virtual tutoring sessions. In this paper, we present the first rollout results of the tutoring platform based on five teachers’ training events. We explore the practical activities for efficient knowledge sharing between teachers and pedagogical experts, in order to build up teachers’ community.


Tutoring platform Lifelong learning Professional training Community building Web-based learning STEM study Technology-enhanced learning 



This research is partially funded by the European Union in the context of the Go-Lab project (Grant Agreement no. 317601) under the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) theme of the 7th Framework Programme for R&D (FP7. This document does not represent the opinion of the European Union, and the European Union is not responsible for any use that might be made of its content.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Information Multimedia Communication AGSaarbrückenGermany
  2. 2.Ellinogermaniki AgogiPalliniGreece
  3. 3.University of LeicesterLeicesterUK
  4. 4.École Polytechnique Fédérale de LausanneLausanneSwitzerland

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