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By: pabadie (124 month(s) ago)

One of the great sorrows I have with the faculties I support is their seeming recalcitrance to pursue in any meaningful way a PLC. I completely agree with the research that and on-line PLC makes perfect sense. The question is how to motivate my faculties to take the initiative to engage in one.

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Distance Learning For Teachers’ Professional Growth:

Distance Learning For Teachers’ Professional Growth Mona Wexler ETEC 645 Southeastern Louisiana University

Live, Online Short-Courses :

Live, Online Short-Courses NASA’s Office of Education created short, online courses Designed to help teachers meet professional development hours Teachers participate in a “collaborative community of practice” Wanted content to pertain to teacher’s daily practice Allow opportunities to collaborate with other professionals Social constructivism – knowledge is constructed through group interaction Teachers interact online with NASA scientists 4 – 6 live (synchronous) one-hour sessions for each course Online classroom and conference call Independent assignments between sessions Active learning – teachers ask questions and share experiences Marrero, M., Riccio, J., Woodruff, K., & Schuster, G. (2010). Live, online short-courses: A case study of innovative teacher professional development. The International Review Of Research In Open And Distance Learning, 11 (1), 81-95. Retrieved from http://www.irrodl.org/index.php/irrodl/article/view/758/1485

Collaborative Design of Online Professional Development :

Collaborative Design of Online Professional Development Milwaukee Public Schools started a Professional Support Portal Mentor new teachers and provide for online professional growth Wanted to decrease new and established teacher turnover Face to face meetings and Internet-based Videoconferencing Harvard Graduate School of Education helped develop PSP Curriculum Development Assistant (CDA) to find/post lessons Teachscape3 - video case study based professional development Tapped In 4 – non-profit online virtual environment Cadres created with 12 teachers and 2 mentors Meetings every 2 weeks online or face to face Positive impact on motivation of teachers David Eddy Spicer, & Chris Dede. (2006). Collaborative Design of Online Professional Development: Building the Milwaukee Professional Support Portal. Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, 14(4), 679-686,688-697,699.  Retrieved March 13, 2011, from Research Library. (Document ID: 1118693191).

Online Communities to Facilitate Teacher Professional Development:

Online Communities to Facilitate Teacher Professional Development Development of learning communities Meet the ongoing professional development needs of teachers Allow teachers to choose topics to benefit their class Shift away from “one size fits all” classes chosen by district Community model approach – teachers choose based on needs Teachers seen as learners who make decisions for their classes Online learning environment members can regularly meet from comfort of their own homes Three main reasons to use online collaboration: Philosophical – Shifts in philosophy of knowledge favors learning communities Research based – Research backs learning communities effectiveness Pragmatic – It works!! Jennifer V Lock.  (2006). A New Image: Online Communities to Facilitate Teacher Professional Development. Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, 14(4), 663-678.  Retrieved March 13, 2011, from Research Library. (Document ID: 1118693181). Teacher Education, 14(4), 663-678.  Retrieved March 13, 2011, from Research Library. (Document ID: 1118693181).

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