PD … can be so much more than a nice morning tea

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Presentation by Sharon Altena, Southbank Institute of Technology. How effective is your eLearning PD strategy? Are you frustrated that you are not making sustainable changes to the practices of teachers? What are the eight principles of effective PD?

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PD … can be so much more than a nice morning tea

  1. 1. PD … can be so much more than a nice morning tea Presented by: Sharon Altena Southbank Institute of Technology
  2. 2. About me <ul><li>Sharon Altena </li></ul><ul><li>Educational Designer Online@Southbank team Southbank Institute of Technology. </li></ul>
  3. 3. About eLearning at Southbank <ul><li>Involved in eLearning for the past six years </li></ul><ul><li>Use Blackboard as our LMS </li></ul><ul><li>Dedicated online team </li></ul><ul><li>24% of courses have an online presence </li></ul><ul><li>Institute goal 30% online by 2010. </li></ul>
  4. 4. About you <ul><li>What is your role? </li></ul><ul><li>Educational/Instructional Designer </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher </li></ul><ul><li>Manager </li></ul><ul><li>Other. </li></ul>
  5. 5. About you <ul><li>What is your organisation? </li></ul><ul><li>TAFE College </li></ul><ul><li>Private RTO or Corporate </li></ul><ul><li>University </li></ul><ul><li>Other. </li></ul>
  6. 6. About you <ul><li>Where are you located? </li></ul>
  7. 7. Workshop outline <ul><li>What Southbank has been doing to develop the eLearning capacity of teachers </li></ul><ul><li>The problems with current approaches </li></ul><ul><li>What research has to say </li></ul><ul><li>What we did </li></ul><ul><li>Questions and comments </li></ul>
  8. 8. Question <ul><li>What strategies are you using to develop the eLearning capacity of your staff? </li></ul>
  9. 9. What Southbank has been doing One and Two day F2F workshops
  10. 10. What Southbank has been doing Lunchtime Blackboard Specials
  11. 11. What Southbank has been doing Online Breakfasts
  12. 12. What Southbank has been doing Customised workshops and one-on-one training
  13. 13. What Southbank has been doing Presentations at the Teaching and Learning Conference
  14. 14. What Southbank has been doing Community of Practice
  15. 15. What Southbank has been doing Online@Southbank support web site
  16. 16. What Southbank has been doing Self-paced online courses
  17. 17. What Southbank has been doing Print-based support resources
  18. 18. What Southbank has been doing External providers of professional development
  19. 19. The problem
  20. 20. The problem We are not making sustainable change to the practices of teachers
  21. 21. My research
  22. 22. Estimated 15% of teachers implement what they learn in a professional development workshop. How effective is PD?
  23. 23. Research tells us … <ul><li>Professional Development must: </li></ul><ul><li>have institutional support </li></ul><ul><li>be continuous </li></ul><ul><li>be related to the classroom </li></ul><ul><li>be individualised </li></ul><ul><li>include follow-up support </li></ul><ul><li>include mentoring </li></ul><ul><li>provide opportunity for collegiality. </li></ul>
  24. 24. What we did? <ul><li>Developed an … </li></ul>
  25. 25. What we did? <ul><li>The program would focus on developing: </li></ul><ul><li>Advanced skills in Blackboard LMS </li></ul><ul><li>Online facilitation skills </li></ul><ul><li>Customisation of toolboxes </li></ul><ul><li>New technology skills </li></ul><ul><li>Writing for the web skills. </li></ul>
  26. 26. What we did? <ul><li>Underlying principles: </li></ul><ul><li>Blend of online and face-to-face workshops </li></ul><ul><li>Showcase eLearning best practice </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunity to be an online student </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunity for self-directed learning </li></ul><ul><li>Peer learning. </li></ul>
  27. 27. What we did? <ul><li>Based on research we proposed to: </li></ul><ul><li>take teachers offline for one day per week for a semester to develop their eLearning capacity. </li></ul><ul><li>Professional Development must: </li></ul><ul><li>have institutional support  </li></ul><ul><li>be continuous  </li></ul><ul><li>be related to the classroom  </li></ul><ul><li>be individualised  </li></ul><ul><li>include follow-up support  </li></ul><ul><li>include mentoring  </li></ul><ul><li>provide opportunity for collegiality.  </li></ul>
  28. 28. What we did? <ul><li>Based on research we proposed to: </li></ul><ul><li>Offer scholarships to two teachers from each faculty across the institute </li></ul><ul><li>Determine a “set” scholarship day. </li></ul><ul><li>Professional Development must: </li></ul><ul><li>have institutional support  </li></ul><ul><li>be continuous  </li></ul><ul><li>be related to the classroom  </li></ul><ul><li>be individualised  </li></ul><ul><li>include follow-up support  </li></ul><ul><li>include mentoring  </li></ul><ul><li>provide opportunity for collegiality.  </li></ul>
  29. 29. What we did? <ul><li>Based on research we proposed to: </li></ul><ul><li>require teachers to develop a blended online course that they would teach in Semester 2, 2007. </li></ul><ul><li>Professional Development must: </li></ul><ul><li>have institutional support  </li></ul><ul><li>be continuous  </li></ul><ul><li>be related to the classroom  </li></ul><ul><li>be individualised  </li></ul><ul><li>include follow-up support  </li></ul><ul><li>include mentoring  </li></ul><ul><li>provide opportunity for collegiality.  </li></ul>
  30. 30. What we did? <ul><li>Based on research we proposed to: </li></ul><ul><li>Engage nine eLearning mentors to support teachers in the program. </li></ul><ul><li>Professional Development must: </li></ul><ul><li>have institutional support  </li></ul><ul><li>be continuous  </li></ul><ul><li>be related to the classroom  </li></ul><ul><li>be individualised  </li></ul><ul><li>include follow-up support  </li></ul><ul><li>include mentoring  </li></ul><ul><li>provide opportunity for collegiality.  </li></ul>
  31. 31. What we did? <ul><li>Based on research we proposed to: </li></ul><ul><li>conduct a needs analysis of program participants to enable us to customise training and include self-directed study opportunities. </li></ul><ul><li>Professional Development must: </li></ul><ul><li>have institutional support  </li></ul><ul><li>be continuous  </li></ul><ul><li>be related to the classroom  </li></ul><ul><li>be individualised  </li></ul><ul><li>include follow-up support  </li></ul><ul><li>include mentoring  </li></ul><ul><li>provide opportunity for collegiality.  </li></ul>
  32. 32. What we did? <ul><li>Based on research we proposed to: </li></ul><ul><li>prepared a detailed proposal for Institute management requesting them to support and fund an Online Teaching Scholarship program. </li></ul><ul><li>Professional Development must: </li></ul><ul><li>have institutional support  </li></ul><ul><li>be continuous  </li></ul><ul><li>be related to the classroom  </li></ul><ul><li>be individualised  </li></ul><ul><li>include follow-up support  </li></ul><ul><li>include mentoring  </li></ul><ul><li>provide opportunity for collegiality.  </li></ul>
  33. 33. What we did? <ul><li>Prepared a Scholarship application form which included a needs analysis. </li></ul><ul><li>Received 36 applications for 16 places. </li></ul><ul><li>Developed our Online Teaching Scholarship around the needs analysis. </li></ul>
  34. 34. What we did? Scholarship program – Digital Story
  35. 35. The program Writing for the web New Technologies Building an online course Online Facilitation Blackboard Certified Trainer Blackboard OR Customising Toolboxes
  36. 36. The program <ul><li>Podcasting </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Wikis </li></ul><ul><li>Digital Storytelling </li></ul><ul><li>Ivocalize </li></ul><ul><li>Optimising images </li></ul><ul><li>Hot Potatoes </li></ul><ul><li>QuizGame Master </li></ul><ul><li>MovieMaker </li></ul><ul><li>Dreamweaver templates </li></ul><ul><li>PowerPoint </li></ul><ul><li>Learning Units </li></ul><ul><li>Voiceboards </li></ul>
  37. 37. Feedback from teachers Tania Vint Ross McLennan
  38. 38. Semester 1 Expectations <ul><li>Fully participate in all workshops and program activities. </li></ul><ul><li>Build a blended online course. </li></ul><ul><li>Establish a minimum online presence in three other courses. </li></ul><ul><li>Prepare a new technology, Blackboard, toolboxes or online facilitation workshop. </li></ul>
  39. 39. Semester 2 - Expectations <ul><li>Teach blended online course in Semester 2 </li></ul><ul><li>Prepare a brief report about the scholarship program </li></ul><ul><li>Co-present a two hour workshop at Teaching and Learning conference in July </li></ul><ul><li>Conduct two local PD events for faculty staff </li></ul><ul><li>Assist four teachers in faculty to develop a minimum online presence. </li></ul>
  40. 40. Examples <ul><li>Scholarship program – Online course </li></ul><ul><li>Sample courses developed by teachers </li></ul>
  41. 41. Program Outcomes 8 Conduct a breakout session at the Teaching and Learning Conference 51 Set up a minimum Blackboard presence for at least three courses to be taught in Semester 2 17 Customise part of a toolbox that can be used online 17 Complete an intensive Blackboard training course to an advanced level 17 Complete a Writing Online Course including assessment 17 Complete a Facilitating Learning Online course including assessment 16 Prepare a training session on Blackboard, facilitating online or a new technology that can be reused to train additional staff 17 Write and develop a blended or fully online course Achieved Outcome
  42. 42. Program Outcomes 19 New blended or fully online courses taught for the first time 68 Development of minimum online presence 34 Prepare and deliver professional development workshop to faculty staff 17 Prepare and deliver Scholarship report to faculty meeting Achieved Outcome
  43. 43. What Southbank has found … <ul><li>Professional Development must: </li></ul><ul><li>have institutional support </li></ul><ul><li>be continuous </li></ul><ul><li>be related to the classroom </li></ul><ul><li>be individualised </li></ul><ul><li>include follow-up support </li></ul><ul><li>include mentoring </li></ul><ul><li>provide opportunity for collegiality </li></ul><ul><li>have measurable outcomes. </li></ul>
  44. 44. Conclusion <ul><li>Any Questions or Comments? </li></ul>

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