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New Literacies 2011 - Virtual School Teaching: Examining the Preparation to Teach Online


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Barbour, M. K., & Miller, B. (2011, August). Virtual school teaching: Examining the preparation to teach online. A presentation at the Wayne State University New Literacies Conference, Detroit, MI.

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New Literacies 2011 - Virtual School Teaching: Examining the Preparation to Teach Online

  1. 1. Michael BarbourWayne State University Beth MillerFlorida Virtual School
  2. 2. Students Enrolled in Online Courses 2001 = 40,000 – 50,000 (Clark, 2001) 2010 = >2,000,000 K-12 (Watson et al., 2010) 48 States (plus DC) reporting significant K-12 online learning activity Michigan, New Mexico, Alabama, Florida and New York all require online learning
  3. 3. 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)
  4. 4.  Current higher education training options  Limited Canadian opportunities focused on K-12  Growing number of US-based opportunities Partnerships with K-12 online learning organizations  Virtual High School Global Consortium  Florida Virtual School Some open access online resources
  5. 5. Memorial University of Newfoundland defunct Diploma in TeleLearning and Rural School Teaching  undergraduate level (i.e., post-B.Ed.)  6 required course and 4 electives (from a list of 7 courses)Queens University course in Teaching and Learning Online  undergraduate level  focused on familiarization with and design of K-12 online learning (included a practicum option)  not offered for past two years
  6. 6. Graduate Certificates in Online Teaching Arizona State University Boise State University Georgia Southern University Georgia State University University of California-Irvine University of Florida 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
  7. 7. 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
  8. 8. University of Florida Master’s – Instructional Technology 4 week practicum in a variety of subjects Shadow teachers Grade student work Produce recorded lesson
  9. 9. 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
  10. 10. 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
  11. 11. Challenges of Virtual Internships Geographically disperse population Background checks Intern perceptions Observations by university professors FLDOE approval Technology 
  12. 12. Successes of Virtual Internships Geographically disperse population Placement in challenging subject areas Observations by university professors Intern perceptions Technology  Producing viable teaching candidates for employers
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  18. 18. http://virtualschooling.wordpress.comTags:• IT6230• professional development• teacher education• teacher training
  19. 19. Beth MillerOutreach/Partnerships Manager Florida Virtual School