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Vass march2012

Vass march2012



Quality online teaching and professional development- a presentation for the Virginia Association of School Superintendents

Quality online teaching and professional development- a presentation for the Virginia Association of School Superintendents



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  • Teacher quality – we say this all the time and it’s true!
  • So how do we get these great teachers and support them? What does a great teacher look like
  • I think about who I want for their teachers
  • First thing we have to know!
  • What do teachers have to unlearn is the question of PD; can’t just layer things on. We have a major PD question
  • What ETLO does – online teaching and blended online teaching
  • For online PD
  • Teach teachers to create online courses

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  • Quality Online Teaching and Professional Development Barbara Treacy VASS Conference March 2012
  • Questions What is quality online teachingand why does it matter? How do we ensure and evaluatequality teaching? What preparation and professionaldevelopment do online teachers need? How do new tools and qualitycourse design support quality online teaching?
  • “Teacher qualitymatters. In fact, it isthe most importantschool-related factorinfluencing studentachievement.” -Jennifer King Rice, University of Maryland
  • “I like a teacher whogives you somethingto take home tothink about besideshomework.” - Lilly Tomlin
  • Good Teaching is Good Teaching: Online or Face-to-face “If you want to teach wellto very high standards, youhave to know the studentswell, you have to have thatrelationship that allows youto both challenge them, andadapt what youre doing forthem so that it works.” -Linda Darling-Hammond
  • All Teachers Need To: establish clear expectations have good curriculum provide regular feedback and assessment listen to and learn from their students address individual learning needs use technology tools/ Web 2.0 effectively collaborate with and contribute to school and professional communities
  • What’s Different About Teaching Online?  Online curriculum: different structure  Online technology: increasing choice of tools  Social dynamic: different pace and structures  Online discussion: new facilitation strategies needed; importance of written communication  Classroom management: different methods to address cohort and individual pacing needs  Assessment: new tools and strategies needed  Technical: challenges may occur
  • “The illiterate of the 21stcentury will not be thosewho cannot read andwrite, but those whocannot learn, unlearn,and relearn.” -Alvin Toffler (1990)
  • iNACOL Online Teaching Standards Initial: 2008; Updated: October, 2011 Focus on good teaching practices AND the online context – Connecting them together Adapted from SREB Standards Address:  Teacher knowledge and understanding  Teacher abilities Set the agenda for quality teaching AND preparation of new online instructors
  • http://edc.blackboard.com/webapps/portal/frameset.jsp?tab_tab_group_id=_2_1&url=%2Fwebapps%2Fblackboard%2Fexecute%2FcourseMain%3Fcourse_i
  • Online Facilitator Training Building a learning community Assessing online learning Meeting individual learning needs Incorporating online resources tools Maintaining participation Developing a course implementation plan Delivering a course
  • http://voicethread.com/#q.b476366.i0.k0
  • Quality Online Course Design:Important for Quality Teaching iNACOL’s National Standardsfor Online Courseshttp://www.inacol.org/research/nationalstandards/ ETLO’s Recommended Criteriafor Quality Online Courseshttp://edtechleaders.org/documents/OCD/Course_Dev_Check.htm
  • Online Course Design Topics Online instructional design and pedagogy Course goals and session content Online assessment strategies Differentiated instruction Using CMS & Web 2.0 design tools Developing and integrating multimedia Incorporating a learning community approach
  • Role of Professional Development Online instructors/designers need initial PD Online instructors/designers need ongoing PD in:  subject matter content and pedagogy  online pedagogy and instructional practice  new technologies and tools  school/district policies Evaluation must be coupled with a PD plan; targeted to the outcomes of the evaluation Recognize importance of teacher communities and collaborative opportunities
  • The power of connected teaching “If we want our students tosucceed in a global environment,then we, as educators, must beengaged in 21st century content,context, tools, thinking skills, and assessment.Thanks to online learning I am a 21st centurylife-long learner!” -JoAnn Nuzum, WV online instructor and developer
  • Thank you! Barbara Treacy btreacy@edc.org Director, EdTech Leaders Online http://edtechleaders.org Education Development Center http://edc.org