Almost every teacher knows how it feels to slog through mandatory professional development. All too often, irrelevant workshops are an inevitable fact of life in the one-size-fits-all world of teacher training.
As a former fourth-grade teacher, Julia Stiglitz has suffered through dull courses. And while she can’t cure the boredom of teachers who must endure subpar PD, she hopes to transform the voluntary side of PD through so-called massive open online courses (MOOCs).
“Sitting through PD that is not related to something you need to work on can be very frustrating,” says Stiglitz, director of business development and strategic partnerships for Coursera. “One of the best aspects of online PD is the ability for teachers to get information that is relevant to them–and from really strong organizations that know their content and how to deliver it.”
Some of those “really strong” universities include Johns Hopkins (MD) and Vanderbilt (TN), and the list is growing. With the help of these institutions, Coursera began offering its own approach to PD in May, so the curriculum is still very much in development. A course operations specialist with the company works directly with the university ed school partners to develop content.
via These MOOCs Will Make You Reconsider Everything About PD — THE Journal.
Teachers and principals are becoming increasingly comfortable using online tools for professional development, and are turning to options from social networking to Web-based classes to do so, a new nationwide survey reveals.
The findings, which cover a lot of ground, were included in the Speak Up 2012 survey, “From Chalkboards to Tablets: The Digital Conversion of the K-12 Classroom.” Speak Up is an effort led by Project Tomorrow, a nonprofit group based in Irvine, Calif., that seeks to improve students’ academic preparation through technology and other means.
Read more: Education Week: Rapid Rise Seen in Use of Digital Tools for PD.
Faculty Development in Blended and Online Learning
12 to 14 March 2012
Houston, United States
Explore the best approaches for engaging and supporting faculty interested in the online and blended teaching environment.
Web address: http://www.academicimpressions.com/events/event_listing.php?i=1288&q=10537v274891yT
Providing faculty with the structure they need to successfully make the transition to online teaching requires a shift in the understanding of technology, a comprehension of the new online and blended teaching environment, and effective administrative support.
Join us to explore the best approaches for engaging and supporting faculty interested in the online and blended teaching environment. This interactive workshop will address the areas of professional development essential to the preparation of instructors for online teaching and learning success. Each participant will return to campus with a relevant framework that covers their key concerns and action steps.