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AECT 2012 - Virtually Unprepared: Examining the Preparation of K-12 Online Teachers


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Barbour, M. K. (2012, November). Virtually unprepared: Examining the preparation of K-12 online teachers. A paper presented at the annual convention of the Association for Educational Communication and Technology, Louisville, KY.

Over the past decade, K-12 online learning or virtual schooling has grown as an exponential rate. However, this is still a neglected aspect of teacher education. This session will explore virtual schooling and provide participants with exposure to a variety of existing teacher education models and open access resources that they can adopt or adapt for their own use.

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AECT 2012 - Virtually Unprepared: Examining the Preparation of K-12 Online Teachers

  1. 1. Michael BarbourWayne State University
  2. 2.  Little teacher education in virtual schooling or online teaching and learning pedagogy (Smith, Clark & Blomeyer, 2005) “persistent opinion that people who have never taught in this medium can jump in and teach a class, a good classroom teacher is not necessarily a good online teacher” (Wood, 2005, p. 36) Davis et al. (2007) discovered “effective virtual teachers have qualities and skills that often set them apart from traditional teachers” (p. 28)
  3. 3.  in the United States, Rice and Dawley (2007) found that less than 40% of those who responded indicated they had received any professional development before beginning to teach online Kennedy and Archambault (2012) found that only 1.3% out of 522 universities in the United States (34% response rate) had any aspect of K-12 online learning in their teacher preparation program
  4. 4. Virtual School Designer: Course Development design instructional materials works in team with teachers and a virtual school to construct the online course, etc.Virtual School Teacher: Pedagogy & Class Management presents activities, manages pacing, rigor, etc. interacts with students and their facilitators undertakes assessment, grading, etc.Virtual School Site Facilitator: Mentoring & Advocating local mentor and advocate for student(s) proctors & records grades, etc. Davis (2007)
  5. 5.  Arizona State University Boise State University Georgia Southern University Georgia State University University of California-Irvine University of Central Florida* University of Wisconsin-Stout Valdosta State University Wayne State University certificate details  3-4 courses in online course design and delivery, along with online learning tools  may or may not include practicum
  6. 6. Graduate Certificate in Online Teaching and Learning Endicott College* Plymouth State University* Framingham State College Northwest Nazarene University Salem State College North Dakota State University certificate details:  5 courses in online teaching, course design, and Web 2.0 tools  offered by VHS as PD courses  pay partner universities to obtain graduate credit and certificate
  7. 7. University of Florida Master’s – Instructional Technology 4 week practicum in a variety of subjects Shadow teachers Grade student work Produce recorded lesson
  8. 8. University of South Florida Master’s in School Counseling Undergraduate in Physical Education Undergraduate in Foreign Language 7 week practicum in specified classroom Placement with clinical educator FEAPS Observations by university professors
  9. 9. University of Central Florida Undergraduate in core subject areas 7 week internships 14 week internships Placement with clinical educator, FEAPS, & ESOL considerations Total immersion into the classroom
  10. 10. English 9 (A) Biology (A) English 9 (B) Biology (B) English 9 Earth Systems (A) English Composition Earth Systems (B) English 10 (A) Current Issues English 10 (B) Geography Algebra 1 (A) World Civilizations (A) Algebra 1 (B) World Civilizations (B) Algebra A (A) Computer Technology Algebra A (B) Advanced Computer Technology Algebra B (A) Fitness for Life Algebra B (B) Digital Photography Health Algebra 2 (A) Music Appreciation Algebra 2 (B) Graphic Design Geometry (A) Geometry (B)
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  16. 16. http://virtualschooling.wordpress.comTags:• IT6230• professional development• teacher education• teacher training