ERIC Number: ED464616
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
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Technology Professional Development Enabled by an Electronic Management System.
Denton, Jon J.; Smith, Ben L.; Davis, Trina J.; Strader, Roy Arlen; Clark, Francis E.
The need is clear for colleges of education to prepare student and teachers for a technological world. Most Texas institutions of higher education are struggling with integrating technology into courses and content areas an in offering online courses. This project was undertaken to address the need for increased faculty proficiency in technology while recognizing the challenge and the potential of the disparity between faculty and student in technology skills. The goals of the project were to facilitate faculty development through building capacity and providing technical support. Across the project, 633 technology fellows were placed with teacher education faculty (both campus and school-based faculty who work with teaching candidates). Anticipating the logistical challenges of tracking so many technology fellows at a time, an Electronic Management System (EMS) was developed during project start-up to support project management functions. The EMS is presently being used to archive 843 electronic learning objects and to support those faculty who have placed ten courses online. As additional project challenges evolved, such as assessing technology skill competence and offering professional development experiences to the technology fellows, underlying databases and programmed routines in the EMS were re-purposed to meet the need or resolve the challenge. (Author/MES)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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