Online Professional Development for ABE, Literacy, ESOL, and ASE Teachers - March 29 - April 19 2004

Online Professional Development for ABE, Literacy, ESOL, and ASE Teachers

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Two-Part NIFL-AALPD List Discussion with Guest Participants
Part One: March 29 - April 5, 2004

Part Two: April 12 - April 19, 2004

General Overview

Beginning March 29, several guests will be joining NIFL-AALPD to uncover and discuss the many aspects of online professional development for teachers! We will explore what kinds of online learning opportunities are available to teachers - and we will also look at the practical considerations and possibilities of offering online professional development. What's out there or is being developed? How is the field of professional development advancing the web presence of online PD in new and creative ways? What are we missing? What have been teachers' experiences teaching and learning in online PD formats?

We hope that through this discussion we will learn from each other as content developers, instructional designers, programmers, or online learning facilitators; but most especially we would like to hear from teachers who have participated as learners in online professional development. No matter your connection with online professional development, we hope you will join us and share your experiences.

The discussion will be in two parts:

Part 1 (March 29 - April 5)
Professional Development Online: An Overview

Join our guest participants who will address a broad range of topics relating to online professional development, including methods, considerations, and implications.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Subscribers' experiences with teaching and learning with online PD
  • Non-technology related issues involved in selecting and using online technology
  • Hybrid approaches to distance learning PD (combinations of on-line and face-to-face)
  • Alternative delivery systems
  • Various ways to create "online courses"
  • Issues in using online PD for smaller programs with limited access
  • State consortium approaches to online PD
  • Inexpensive ways in which programs may be using technology to enhance/extend professional development techniques

[While panelists are not formally scheduled April 5-11, subscribers are invited and encouraged to continue discussing the topics.]

Part 2 (April 12 - 19)

Content and Course Development for Online Teacher Professional Development

Building on the discussion from week one, we will examine online courses for teachers in detail. We will focus on content creation and adaptation; facilitation strategies, and what online tools best meet specific teaching and learning needs.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Re-purposing face-to-face workshops and courses for online formats
  • How to make online courses visually rich, stimulating, and interactive
  • Skills for negotiating online learning environments
  • What features teachers and facilitators like for different online learning needs
  • Considerations when moving courses from one learning management system to another
  • Open source software alternatives