[Technology 1000] Discussion Topic: Going the Distance: Online and Blended Models of Sustained Professional Development

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Mariann Fedele MariannF at lacnyc.org
Fri May 11 10:51:15 EDT 2007


The following discussion is taking place on the Adult Literacy Professional Development Discussion List - my apologies for not alerting you earlier about the first part of this discussion. Please read below for a description of each part.

To subscribe to this discussion and to view the archives so you can catch up on posts from this week, go to:


Also, Jackie, Taylor, the Moderator of that List, has built a section on the Wiki where resources, additional information, and the discussion threads are being posted. Go to:


- information on this discussion can be found in the upper right hand corner: see "Going the Distance".




Discussion Topic: Going the Distance: Online and Blended Models of Sustained Professional Development Where held: The Adult Literacy Professional Development Discussion List Part I: Discussion Primer - May 7-13, 2007 Part II: Discussion with Guests - May 14 - 21, 2007

To participate, subscribe:


Guest Participants (Biographies): http://tinyurl.com/yrtktz

Moderator: Jackie Taylor, jataylor at utk.edu

Preparation for Discussion: http://tinyurl.com/242bpg

This is a two-part discussion. _Part I_ is a "discussion primer" and begins before the guest discussion. _Part II_ is the online discussion with Guest Participants, including _both_ asynchronous discussion and "real-time" opportunities.


General Overview

Join the Adult Literacy Professional Development Discussion List to explore development, design, and facilitation considerations and implications with online and blended models of professional development.

Subscribers will have the opportunity to view a Pod cast of the face-to-face panel discussion at the AALPD PreConference at COABE, interact with panelists and additional guests online, and plan next steps.

Part I: Discussion Primer - What's Available in Online Professional Development?"

When: May 7-13, 2007

Join the list to share your state or organization's initiatives in providing online professional development, or to learn what is available to you in online professional development, any costs involved, whether credits (CEUs) are available, and more.

Part II: Guest Discussion - "Going the Distance: Online and Blended Models of Sustained Professional Development"

When: May 14 - 21, 2007

Join the list to participate in a guest discussion of online and blended professional development and professional development-at-a-distance.


Topics include (but are not limited to):

Teachers and Administrators:

** Sharing qualities that attract practitioners to online and blended professional development and offering recommendations for designers/developers;

** Browsing online courses/tools from various providers and interacting with online course facilitators;

** Discussing considerations in selecting online professional development and supporting participation;

Designers and Developers:

** Sharing strategies and considerations for online and blended professional development and professional development-at-a-distance;

** Examining ways to blend technology tools and other design implications to enhance professional development;

** Exploring strategies for evaluating the effectiveness of online and blended models;

Online Facilitators (DE Teachers, Professional Developers, List


** Considering what skills and qualities make a good online presenter/trainer;

** Sharing practical techniques, including facilitating interactivity and improving teacher retention;


** Discussing quality considerations specific to the online environment;


** Developing action agendas as individuals, teams, or as a field to

advance online and blended professional development opportunities.

This discussion will build and expand upon issues explored in the recent

AALPD PreConference at COABE, "Exploring the Potential for Online

Professional Development."




Marie Cora ~ Adult Education Consultant

Barbara (Bee) Dieu ~ Educator and life long learner. Member Tesol EVO

and Braz-Tesol EduTech SIG Coordinator

Kristine Marane Góngora ~ Instructional Designer, ProLiteracy Worldwide

Dr. Dafne González ~ Full Professor, Universidad Simon Bolivar, Caracas,

Venezuela; TESOL EVO

Crystal Hack ~ GED-i Coordinator, Center for the Application of

Information Technologies (CAIT), Western Illinois University

Dr. Elizabeth Hanson-Smith ~ Professor Emeritus at CSU, Sacramento;


Debra L. Hargrove, Ed.D. ~ Coordinator Florida TechNet

Noreen S. Lopez ~ Adult Education Consultant

Susan Ohlsen ~ Project Manager, ProLiteracy America, Verizon Literacy


Dr. Leslie Petty ~ Associate Director, Project IDEAL, University of


Tim Ponder ~ Ohio Literacy Resource Center (OLRC)

Sharon Reynolds ~ Coordinator, Central/Southeast ABLE Resource Center,

Ohio University, Athens, Ohio

Lynda Terrill ~ Technical Assistance and Web Coordinator, Center for

Adult English Language Acquisition, Center for Applied Linguistics,

Washington, DC

Marian Thacher ~ Director, Outreach and Technical Assistance Network



Mariann Fedele

Associate Director,

NYC Regional Adult Education Network

Literacy Assistance Center

NIFL Technology and Literacy Discussion List
32 Broadway 10th Floor
New York, New York 10004
mariannf at lacnyc.org

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