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Masters, Jessica; Magidin de Kramer, Raquel; O'Dwyer, Laura; Dash, Sheralyn; Russell, Michael – Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, 2012
Improving teacher quality is arguably the most effective way to improve student achievement. Online professional development (OPD) has great potential to improve teacher quality. There is a dearth of scientific research, however, on whether changes in teachers' knowledge and instructional practices resulting from OPD are linked to changes in…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Faculty Development, Electronic Learning, Grade 4
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Ferdig, Richard E.; Cavanaugh, Cathy; DiPietro, Meredith; Black, Erik W.; Dawson, Kara – Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, 2009
The number of students taking online courses in K-12 has increased exponentially since the inception of virtual schools in 1996. However, K-12 virtual schooling is a relatively new concept for those involved in teacher education. As teacher education departments build pre-service preparation programs, in-service professional development…
Descriptors: Teacher Education, Standards, Best Practices, Educational Research