Resources for Discussion - Going the Distance: Online and Blended Models of Sustained Professional Development

AALPD | Self Assessments | Online PD | Online Tools | Additional Reading

Association of Adult Literacy Professional Developers (AALPD)

Pod Cast of the AALPD PreConference Panel Discussion
"Using Online and Hybrid Models of Professional Development"

AALPD PreConference at COABE, Philadelphia, PA

Contains links to many online professional development opportunities including ELCivics, PDK and more, as well as handouts from the PreConference session.


Self Assessments

AdultEd Online

A new self-assessment of distance education teaching skills is now available. Online facilitators may wish to take this self assessment (with the intended audience in mind), identify vital few areas for improvement, and use the Adult Literacy Professional Development Discussion List as a self-study tool during the guest discussion to get your questions answered.

Virginia Tech's Self-Assessment Survey, Is eLearning Right for You?

A quick, online assessment of technology/distance learning skills and attitudes, with immediate feedback.


Online Professional Development

Adult Education DE Idea Exchange



The CAELA Web site ( offers professional development to adult ESL teachers, administrators, and researchers. Examples of several pages are below:

Central Illinois Adult Education Service Center, Self-Paced Modules

Distance Learning 101: A Project Ideal Online Course for ABE Distance Educators

A brief overview of this introductory course.

Florida Tech Net

PBS LiteracyLink

ProLiteracy America Professional Development


Our online workshops are synchronous, so nothing exists outside of the workshop time. To see an example of how it works, go to, scroll to the bottom of the page and click on "See a brief example of a live online class ... " This is a PowerPoint class, and gives a good idea of how the system works.

TIMAC Yahoo Group

We use Yahoo Groups to communicate and share among participants in our Technology Integration Mentor Academy.


YouTube for teachers - teachers can post videos here to support various professional development online offerings.


TESOL's Electronic Village Online (EVOs)

An info-packed link to this past session's EVO "call for proposals"

How EVO Differs - a brief description of the Electronic Village Online and its
unique characteristics.

A Short Guide to Netiquette - This is a set of "rules" for courteous behavior
on the Internet and is followed by a self-test. (This is also an example of the
kinds of materials EVO has developed over the years.)

Going the Distance
is a wiki where subscribers can add information, resources, etc. It is also a model for the kinds of tools we use in EVO. Information may be added by requesting to join the wikispace.

Although the EVO is over for this year, many of the group sites are still open
and available for browsing. Link to them from (Subscribers must join each of these groups in order to see
the resources, but membership is free and usually instantaneous.)

Yahoo Groups (one of the important free tools available to PD online):

  • Academic Writing - teachers can bring groups of students here to work on
    the exercises and communicate about them through the email list (high
    intermediate-advanced EFL/ESL level).
  • Academic Writing for Teachers - a place for resources and to ask questions
    about teaching composition in an EFL setting
  • Real English Online - for students who want to use realistic videos produced
    by Mike Marzio (videos for zero beginner-advanced).
  • EVOVideo07: ESL/EFL Video Production - a group for video-using teachers.
    The wiki has many resources, lesson plans, ways to get started with video,
    answers to technical questions, etc. You are welcome to join and add your
    resources or questions (also a related YG is linked from this site).
  • Learning with Computers - every quarter or so the founders of this group
    (Gladys Baya, et al.) begin a topic related to using technology online.
    Resources are archived and the group works together to contribute ideas and
    good, free tools. This spring the topic is Listening.
  • Moodle for Language Teaching - (run by Tom Robb) helps teachers practice
    using this free, opensource Course Management System (CMS).




New Technology-Based Ways to Deliver Professional Development

Marian Thacher and Leslie Petty, COABE 2007
Power Point
New Ways Handout

Technology Tools for Professional Development

A compilation of the resources shared during the Technology and Literacy List exchange in October 2006 on the technology tools they use to deliver professional development.


Additional Reading

Johnston, J. (2004). A Pilot Test of Study Groups: Professional Development for Experienced Distance Teachers (Project IDEAL Working Paper 5. Available for download at


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