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Online Professional Development

Marilyn Bowen, Mississippi Schools Career and Technical Education
Leanne Long, Mississippi Schools

This webinar was focused on teachers learning online.

What does an online adult educator look like?
Teachers plans, designs and incoporates strategies to encourage active learning, interaction, participation, and collaboration in an online learning environment - modeling best practices using learning styles.

The teacher provides online leadership in a manner that promotes student success through regular feedback, prompt response, and clear expecations.

A teacher develops and delivers assessments, projects, and assignments that meet standards-based learning goals and assesses learning progress by measuring student achievement learning goals.

She highlighed and gave tips on discussions. To ensure quality discussion, these tips should be taken into consideration. You will find during the session that discussion board participation will be evaluated and will fulfill a requirement of completion.

Quality - Postings have professional quality and depth of topic
Comprehension - Postings show evidence that articles have been read and understood.
Application - Postings apply to the topic of the module.
Examples - Postings have several examples or related ideas of the topic

When you reply, these three areas should be targeted:
Releveant - Reply postings are realted to the topic that was addressed.
Discussion Tracks - Reply postings make way for further questions or replies by other participants.
Style - Reply postings will be positive and professional.

One of the things that facinated me was Learning Blocks - http://www.learningobjects.com/

This uses wikis, blogs, and webcast. Not sure if they were using Blackboard 7 or 9. However, in reviewing Bb9, blogs and webcast are availabe. There is a cost to buying this building block.

Here are a few screen shots.


Last, I asked the question regarding to online teaching theories and she shared they used learning styles, but also she referenced an online book regarding to learning theories that was very interesting. Theory and Practice of Online Learning

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