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                   Follow up from iNACOL Webinar introducing new Competency Framework

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The beauty of the profession we are in is that we are seeing blended and online learning being built from the ground up. We are truly pioneers in this industry! As I have been researching what it takes to be a competent blended and online educator, I have come across varied theoretical frameworks, methodologies, pedagogy, and pathways.

iNACOL , international Association for K-12 Online Learning, has compiled all the research mentioned above as well as in the field experience to give us tools that outline national standards for online:
  • Courses
  • Teaching
  • Programs

NOW,…..drum roll please…….after observing classrooms and communicating directly with practitioners in the field, they have addressed the need of identifying the skills and requirements  for a quality blended learning platform…..and have released the:

Four key constructs of the framework are:
  • Mindsets – Core values that shape the perspective and process of the educator
  • Qualities – Personal attributes and behavior that contribute to a shift from the traditional to hybrid environment
  • Adaptive Skills – Collaborative and problem solving skills to better the school environment as innovation is embraced
  • Technical Skills – The How-Tos of executing specific tasks

The framework can serve as industry standards for:
  • Building professional development courses
  • Hiring teachers
  • Supporting and Evaluating Teachers

Considering the field of blended and online teaching is dynamic, we can serve as key contributors to how these competencies evolve. iNACOL realizes this is a living framework and look to the educators for refinement.

As we continue to develop our professional development courses, we should keep in mind that we are shaping the evolution of education in Hawai‘i and have the opportunity to mold and model these processes worldwide. How might you carry out your role and leave a footprint in this journey?


Simon Cording said…
We are in very exciting times. I will have to ponder your question further. Mahalo nui for the thought provoking post Tye.

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