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A brief overview to standards based training for online instructors

A brief overview to standards based training for online instructors

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  • 1. SREB Standards for Quality Online Teaching: Why They Are So Important Barbara Treacy SREB Online Teacher Meeting April 30, 2008
  • 2. Why Are Teaching Standards Important?
    • For the same reason teachers are important!
    • “ The most important factor affecting student learning is the teacher.”
    • – SREB Standards for Quality Online Teaching
  • 3. What Do Teaching Standards Do?
    • Enable accountability
    • Ensure quality instruction
    • Ground instruction in effective teaching and learning principles
    • Provide guidelines while not restricting creativity or learning
  • 4. Why Are Online Teaching Standards Important?
    • Online teachers need to meet the same quality teaching standards as f2f teachers
    • Online teachers need to understand how to do this in the online environment
  • 5. What’s So Different About Teaching Online?
    • Online curriculum
    • Social dynamic
    • Increased importance of written communication
    • Online facilitation strategies & “online voice”
    • Assessment strategies
    • Technical challenges occur
    • Classroom management
    • New support & parental communication systems
  • 6. SREB Standards for Quality Online Teaching
    • Address good teaching practices AND the online context – Connecting them both together
    • Set the agenda for quality teaching AND preparation of new online instructors
  • 7. Example: EDC/EdTech Leaders Online Virtual School Instructor Training
    • Based on SREB standards
    • Emphasize need for initial and ongoing PD
    • Online Instructor Course: initial training (8 wks)
    • Follow-Up: Building a Community in a VS course (4 wks)
    • Ongoing support and national online forum
    • Online course, with “model” online instructor
  • 8.  
  • 9. Instructor Training Course Sessions
    • 1: Introduction to teaching students in online courses
    • 2: Building an online learning community
    • 3: Identifying supporting resources for an online course
    • 4: Using the course management system's instructor tools
    • 5: The power of online discussion in virtual courses
    • 6: Managing diverse learning needs in a virtual classroom
    • 7: Assessing students in virtual courses
  • 10. SREB Standards as a Guide to Action: Basis for the Instructor Training Courses
    • Academic Preparation: for Certified Teachers
    • Content Knowledge, Skills, and Temperament for Instructional Technology
        • Experimentation Course
        • Incorporation of Web 2.0 technologies
        • Online course: provides experience in CMS and online environment
  • 11. Standards as a Guide to Action, cont.
    • Online Teaching and Learning Methodology, Management, Knowledge, Skills and Delivery
        • Online discussion techniques and skills: Scenarios
        • Online voice and netiquette
        • Approaches, tools, techniques for online classroom management and to differentiate instruction
        • Clear expectations: Welcome Letter
        • Online assessment and regular feedback
        • Project-based: Final Planning Template
        • Legal, ethical and online safety issues
        • Online experience with model instructor
        • Pre and post course data informs instruction
  • 12. How are online instructors changing teaching?
    • Virtual School Instructors
    • Understand how to teach with technology
    • Incorporate new strategies for individualized instruction and collaborative activities
    • Increase student engagement and/or facilitate deeper discussions with effective questioning techniques
    • Can be much more accessible to their students
    • Use innovative approaches to assessment
    • Virtual schools are “labs of reform” and virtual teachers are in the forefront!
  • 13. A few quotes…
    • “ This course has influenced my teaching in the physical classroom as well as offering thorough preparation and excellent resources for online courses that I may teach.”
    • -Louisiana Virtual School instructor
    • “ I can plainly see that each of my colleagues are as intrigued and inspired to teach as I am!  Each of us brings something to the table of educating and if we just take the time to glean from each other -- WOW!... I tell you this information alone has taken my level of excellence in teaching to higher level.” -Mississippi Virtual School instructor
  • 14. Thank you!
      • Barbara Treacy
      • [email_address]
      • EdTech Leaders Online
      • http://www.edtechleaders.org
      • Education Development Center
      • http://www.edc.org