The Institute for P-12 Engineering Research and Learning (INSPIRE) at Purdue University in the U.S. was established in 2006 to integrate engineering and engineering thinking into the Pre-Kindergarten-12th grade education. The institute provides elementary teachers with pioneering professional development in engineering education through a week-long face-to-face Summer Academy and an online professional development program. The purpose of this paper is to describe the process of the P-6 engineering education teacher professional development, and meanwhile, present a set of design principles to extend teacher professional development through an online learning community.
Liu, W., Carr, R. L., & Strobel, J. (2009). Extending Teacher Professional Development through an Online Learning Community: A Case Study. Journal of Educational Technology Development and Exchange (JETDE), 2(1). https://doi.org/10.18785/jetde.0201.07