ERIC Number: ED431900
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Professional Development and Learning Technologies: Needs, Issues, Trends and Activities = Le perfectionnement professionnel et les technologies d'apprentissage: Besoins, problems, tendances et activities.
Human Resources Development Canada, Hull (Quebec). Office of Learning Technologies.
This document is the product of a three-part research effort to create an information base to help front-line practitioners incorporate learning technologies into their classroom and distance professional development activities and programs. The report details the objectives, procedures, and results of the three research projects. Research methods included a review of pertinent Canadian, U.S., and world literature and interviews with 46 leaders in the field of education and training technology conducted for the following purposes: identify education and training practitioners' professional development needs in the areas of learning technologies; summarize current issues and trends in professional development practices for educators in the area of learning technologies and identify (by sector) "clusters" of objectives around which professional development activities are organized; and develop an English and French database containing existing professional development opportunities across Canada. The report recommends the following actions: discipline- and profession-based professional development opportunities delivered using the technologies; ongoing support for technology renewal/updating of educators and trainers; dialogue and debate on the value, nature, and objectives of teaching/learning and the role of learning technologies; and hardware, software, and technology infrastructure. The document contains 101 references. Appended are lists of the following: members of the Professional Development and Learning Technologies Working Group; telephone interviewees; selected conferences; selected professional development workshops and seminars; selected formal study programs and courses; and 277 books, journals, websites, listservs, and organizations concerned with professional development. English and French versions of the report are included. (MN)
Descriptors: Community Programs, Corporate Education, Delivery Systems, Distance Education, Educational Needs, Educational Opportunities, Educational Practices, Educational Resources, Educational Technology, Educational Trends, Elementary Secondary Education, Faculty Development, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Internet, Labor Force Development, Lifelong Learning, Literature Reviews, National Surveys, Needs Assessment, Private Schools, Professional Continuing Education, Resource Materials, State of the Art Reviews, Training Methods, Trend Analysis, Two Year Colleges
Web site: http://olt-bta.hrdc-drhc.gc.ca/publicat/index.html
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Multilingual/Bilingual Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Human Resources Development Canada, Hull (Quebec). Office of Learning Technologies.
Identifiers - Location: Canada