Research behind the establishment of an Internet-based community of practice, called Special Ed Bulgaria, www.specialedbulgaria.org, is discussed. Preliminary results show that special education researchers and practitioners in Bulgaria are familiar enough with using the Internet to benefit from an online community. Results also indicate that there is sufficient access to the Internet. Usability results directed modifications to the prototype online community and led to the incorporation of a popular course management system called Moodle.
Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research Commons, Instructional Media Design Commons, International and Comparative Education Commons, Special Education and Teaching Commons, Teacher Education and Professional Development Commons