e-Learning for Educators: Effects of Online Professional Development on Teachers and their Students
In this archive, Lynne Meeks, e-Learning for Educators Project Director at Alabama Public Television, discusses the e-Learning model and the research findings of the large-scale studies conducted by the e-Learning for Educators (eFE) project.
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Lynne Meeks (Primary)
Project Manager,e-Learning for Educators Consortium
Alabama Public Television
Are you considering the use of online delivery to provide widespread professional development (PD) needs to implement new initiatives? Are you looking at designing a PD model that can improve teacher performance as well as student achievement in a cost-effective manner?
This first webinar on online professional development (OPD) provides an overview to the topic. Lynne Meeks, e-Learning for Educators Project Director at Alabama Public Television, will discuss the e-Learning model and the research findings of the large-scale studies conducted by the e-Learning for Educators (eFE) project. These were among the first public studies that demonstrated that high-quality online teacher professional development can positively affect teacher content knowledge and teaching practices that translate into improvements on targeted student outcomes. The webinar will cover these topics:
- A successful, nimble OPD model that can produce both teacher and student improvements
- The research evidence supporting the effectiveness of the model
- Standards for high-quality OPD
Please take a look at our follow-up webinar on April 26, How Online Professional Development Can Support the Common Core Standards Roll-Out—Arizona's Vision
About e-Learning for Educators
The e-Learning for Educators project began with a two-fold effort—to establish a nimble, sustainable system of OPD and to determine whether high-quality OPD could indeed produce improvements in teacher quality and student achievement. After six years of evaluation and four research trials, the collective findings present a compelling case that participation in high-quality online professional development courses can positively affect teacher content knowledge and teaching practices that translate into improvements on targeted student outcomes. These research and evaluation findings are the backbone of the e-Learning for Educators Consortium.
e-Learning for Educators (2005-2011) was funded by a Ready to Teach grant to Alabama Public Television (APT) from the US Department of Education. Ten states’ Departments of Education and public television stations participated in the project that provided OPD courses to more than 45,000 teachers over six years.
The e-Learning for Educators Consortium is a post-grant, ongoing membership organization that was formed among state departments of education, public television stations and other educational agency partners to replicate and continue the work established in the eFE project. Partners in the membership group share resources such as training efforts, OPD courses, and other assets created during the grant period as well as assets that are being created post-grant among consortium members. The Consortium, coordinated by APT, is a strong collaboration among members who consider and discuss common challenges and often find common answers.
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