ERIC Number: ED498723
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Designing and Implementing Online Professional Development Workshops
Kleiman, Glenn; Dash, Terry; Ethier, Denise; Johnson, Kirsten; Metrick, Susan; Treacy, Barbara
Education Development Center, Inc.
This report provides useful information for those who are planning to incorporate online learning into professional development programs, as well as those who will design and implement online professional development activities. The Education Development center, Inc. (EDC) Center for Online Professional Education is continuing to explore this new medium for teaching and learning, as are many other organizations. Both the knowledge of the field and the available technologies will continue to advance rapidly. Therefore, this should be read as a status report of ongoing investigations by one of a number of groups exploring this field, rather than as a final statement on any aspect of online professional development. Following an introduction, this report: (1) summarizes the goals and audiences of the online workshops and other online activities that inform this report; (2) considers different approaches to online professional development (OPD), the key elements and potential advantages of the "learning community" approach to OPD, and some points to consider when planning the role of online workshops as part of a complete program that includes other types of professional development activities; (3) presents an overview of the elements common to all the Center's workshops, and notes about some additional elements used in specific workshops; (4) presents a summary of the data collected on four key areas of interest across a set of six workshops; (5) provides strategies and guidelines, derived from the Center's experience, for effectively designing, facilitating, implementing, and assessing online professional development workshops; (6) discusses features needed in systems used to develop and deliver online workshops using a learning community approach; and (7) sums up the Center's perspective of the current and future roles of online professional development for educators. A bibliography provides a selected set of recommended references, with brief annotations. Appendices provide specific information about EDC-COPE workshops; example activities and discussions; survey and evaluation forms; evaluation results; articles by EDC staff; handouts and slides from presentations by EDC staff; and notes from the Center's reviews of many relevant software tools. [The preparation of this paper was supported by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education for the NetTech (Northeast Technology in Education Consortium) project. Appendices are not included in this document, but are available upon request from EDC.]
Descriptors: Professional Development, Professional Education, Online Courses, Audiences, Technology Uses in Education, Computer Software, Workshops, Educational Technology, Program Design, Program Implementation
Education Development Center, Inc. 43 Foundry Avenue, Waltham, MA 02453. Tel: 617-969-7100; Fax: 617-969-5979; e-mail: email@example.com; Web site: http://ltd.edc.org
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Adult Education
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Education Development Center, Inc., Cambridge, MA.