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How Instructors Learn to Teach Online: Considering the past to plan for the future

By Steven Schmidt, Elizabeth M. Hodge, Christina M. Tschida / October 22, 2020

The onset of the COVID-19 Pandemic had major effects on all aspects of higher education, including the way in which courses were taught. Literally, overnight, courses that were taught face-to-face were moved online, and face-to-face instructors of those courses became online educators. Now, several months into the pandemic, it has become clear that instructors at colleges and universities today must be able to teach both online and face-to-face, and they must be able to move from one medium to the other as circumstances dictate. However, that is not easy to do, as learning to teach online takes time, and involves a good deal of effort. » [Full Article]
TYPE: HIGHER EDUCATION, PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

A Challenging Reality: Transitioning from the classroom to e-learning among English language learners

By Joel Floyd / October 9, 2020

In the wake of COVID-19, both K-12 and post-secondary institutions have had to transition from traditional learning in the classroom to teaching and learning through various online and or e-learning platforms. With such an abrupt transition, it's important for educators to explore the effectiveness of e-learning among their student populations. Moreover, this narrative discussion is facilitated by a program director who oversees an adult education English as a second language program located in Atlanta, Georgia. The director maintains the opinion that various modes of online learning are not the best learning method for all student populations and specifically adult English language learners. » [Full Article]
TYPE: OPINION, PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

How a Vocational Center Changed its Way to Train Adults: A Case Study on Computer-Based Learning and Vocational Training

By Yves Messier / August 31, 2020

EFFA (Ecole de Formation Funéraire Alyscamps), through a seven years development plan, introduced an offer including blended learning, 100% e-learning solutions, and virtual classroom. Our happy students are adults from 18 to 65 years old who have now the option to choose how they want to attend their training based on their availability and learning possibilities. Three project phases allowed us to integrate new pedagogical technique and to develop a framework for teachers to introduce new ways to teach, to handle a virtual classroom, and to redefine the own teacher's role and self-image. This case study explains how EFFA completed first an analysis to understand if our way of teaching, our goals, and our offer were still aligned with society and the labor market; and then we worked on deciding and implementing what was required to provide our clients with the best skills possible to gain employment and remain in ... » [Full Article]
TYPE: PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Internationalizing Teacher Education through Virtual Connections and Blended Learning

By Mary E. Risner, Swapna Kumar / July 23, 2020

This project used blended learning and virtual connections to infuse global perspectives in U.S. curriculum by preparing pre-service teachers with intercultural competence, understanding of global issues from diverse viewpoints, and the ability to use online technologies to develop critical thinking and digital literacy. Global themes were addressed in online synchronous sessions with teachers in other countries and purposefully combined with pre-readings and online and classroom discussions. » [Full Article]
TYPE: PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT, INTERNATIONAL ONLINE EDUCATION, K-12 BLENDED AND ONLINE LEARNING

Professional Development for Open Education: The usefulness of a cMOOC

By Jenni Hayman / September 6, 2019

There are two commonly identified obstacles to use of open educational resources (OER) and open educational practices (OEP) in global contexts. These obstacles are awareness and relevant skills. The focus of this article is participant experiences in a cMOOC designed to address these challenges. In June 2018, a group of post-secondary educators engaged in an open course they identified as useful for increasing their awareness and their capacity for finding and using OER. » [Full Article]
TYPE: HIGHER EDUCATION, PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Excited by E-Moderation? A Canadian Educator Shares Her Best Hacks

By Marla A. Zupan / February 22, 2019

Many of today's educators who seek new experiences are considering positions as electronic moderators (e-moderators). However, the transition from overseeing a physical classroom to managing a virtual learning environment can quickly become overwhelming and confusing. With limited supports and training opportunities available, e-moderators can struggle to find a balance between course content delivery and consistent candidate communication. This article has a twofold purpose. It first seeks to define and clarify the e-moderator role, particularly as it relates to online teacher professional development in Ontario. Next, the author outlines six strategies for success, targeting specific areas including setup, planning, time management, online presence and feedback. » [Full Article]
TYPE: HIGHER EDUCATION, PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT, MANAGEMENT

Innovation. Inspiration. Connection.

By Anita Samuel / October 24, 2017

The Distance Teaching and Learning Conference 2017 brought together distance educators, instructional designers, and administrators for three days of innovation, inspiration, and connection. Take a look at what happened at DTL 2017. You might want to include this in your 2018 schedule. » [Full Article]
REVIEW: EVENTS, TYPE: EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES, PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT