Document Type

Conference Proceeding


Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education


Community Services, Education and Social Sciences


Communications and Multimedia




This article was originally published as: Herrington, A., Herrington, J., Omari, A. & Oliver, R. (2001). Supporting Beginning Teachers: A Web-based Collegial Enterprise. In C. Montgomerie & J. Viteli (Eds.), Proceedings of World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications 2001 (pp. 736-742). Chesapeake, VA: AACE. Original article available here


This paper describes the design, development and evaluation of a website designed to ameliorate many of the problems encountered by beginning teachers. The site allows new teachers, and preservice teachers on school practice, to communicate with each other through a discussion board, and provides access to a range of resources including lesson plans, videos of exemplary teaching, annotated lists of useful websites and frequently asked questions. Such access may help to lessen the feelings of isolation and lack of support felt by many beginning teachers, and provide a link between the practical realities and constraints of the classroom and the more innovative, research-based methods and strategies teachers learn while at university.