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The Benefits of an Online Environment in Promoting Learner-Centered Professional Development for Teachers
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, University of Montevallo, United States ; , Shelby County School System, United States

E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, in Washington, DC, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-54-9 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), San Diego, CA

Abstract

The online course, "Professional Development for Alabama Teachers," utilizes contemporary staff development practices to train P-12 teachers to identify and implement the appropriate, data-driven staff development steps necessary to impact their own teaching and their students' learning. In contrast to the "one shot, hit or miss" training most often associated with teacher professional development, the online environment used in this course was intended to remove participants from the traditional workshop or staff development settings and place them in an extended, content-rich, online learning community with opportunities to read and discuss current research, communicate with peers from within and outside of their own school systems, consult with staff development experts, and implement and report site-based action research. Within the context of staff development for practicing teachers, the implications and benefits of utilizing an online environment are discussed.

Citation

Walsh, Jr., E. & Beckham, L. (2004). The Benefits of an Online Environment in Promoting Learner-Centered Professional Development for Teachers. In J. Nall & R. Robson (Eds.), Proceedings of E-Learn 2004--World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education (pp. 1004-1006). Washington, DC, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved December 15, 2019 from .

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