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Sreb Online Teacher2 May2008


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A brief overview to standards based training for online instructors

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Sreb Online Teacher2 May2008

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