Researchers found similar effects on student learning and teacher behavior regardless of whether teachers took part in online or face-to-face professional development.
Fishman said that administrators and policymakers should see the findings as further evidence that online teacher professional development, while no silver bullet, can be a viable alternative to the traditional model.
"There's some hesitation on the part of teachers who think that online [professional development] is somehow less valuable to them because of a lack of personal connection," Fishman said.
"I think this study may make them a little more optimistic."
Via Dennis T OConnor, Gust MEES