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Benefits of Online, Face-to-Face Professional Development Similar, Study Finds | EdWeek.org

Benefits of Online, Face-to-Face Professional Development Similar, Study Finds | EdWeek.org | Instructional Design | Scoop.it

Online teacher professional development has the same effect on student learning and teacher behavior as more traditional face-to-face models, according to a new research study to be published next month by the Journal of Teacher Education.

 

The study, which controlled for factors such as teacher experience and student demographics, compared the experiences of teachers charged with implementing a new high school environmental science curriculum. One group of teachers in the study participated in 48 hours of face-to-face workshops spread over six days, while their counterparts worked at their own pace through an online workshop covering the same content.

 

In both groups, the researchers found, "Teachers reported increased confidence with new curriculum materials, enacted those materials consistently with curriculum designers' intent, and their students learned from curriculum successfully and in equal amounts."

 

Barry Fishman, an Associate Professor of Learning Technologies at the University of Michigan, served as a lead investigator on the study, which was funded primarily by the National Science Foundation.

 

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.

 

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We Need More Design In Instructional Design

We Need More Design In Instructional Design | Instructional Design | Scoop.it
Good instructional design begins this purpose: To empower people to be competent, capable individuals who feel their efforts are valuable to their organization.
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JISC - The Design Studio / Enhancing Curriculum Design with Technology

Enhancing Curriculum Design with Technology (2013) is a short accessible publication that provides points for discussion, pragmatic tips and hands-on resources drawn from the Jisc Institutional Approaches to Curriculum Design Programme to enable those involved in curriculum design and approval in higher education to enhance their practices through the use of technology.  Links are provided throughout the publication to resources produced by the projects that can be freely shared and used within an educational context.

 

The publication is available in two formats: a PDF file containing graphic features and a text file for improved accessibility.


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