Discovering how teachers build virtual relationships and develop as professionals through online teacherpreneurship

Catharyn Shelton, Leanna Archambault

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Online teacherpreneurs are K-12 classroom teachers who engage in educational entrepreneurship, sharing their teaching ideas and resources virtually, through online marketplaces such as A common practice among online teacherpreneurs is to collaborate virtually in private social media networks, where they build professional and personal relationships with teacherpreneur peers. This study explored one such group, Spanish Teachers on Teachers Pay Teachers, a Facebook group of 40 K-12 Spanish teacherpreneurs who interacted on a daily basis with the expressed goal of improving their businesses. An analysis of group members' open and closed-ended survey responses (n = 25) indicated that this collaboration was an active community of practice, where participants negotiated relationships and learned together. The community fostered a cycle of continual engagement where teacherpreneurs felt emotionally supported and empowered by one another to realize new achievements in entrepreneurship as well as teaching practice. Online teacherpreneurship and the virtual collaborations it inspires may represent a unique, grass-roots opportunity for teachers to positively impact K-12 education.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)579-602
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Interactive Learning Research
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Online community of practice
  • Online professional development
  • Online teacherpreneur
  • Social media
  • Teacher community
  • Teacher professional development

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Science Applications


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