Professional Development for Educators
“You can learn virtually anything”
- Michigan Learnport
What is professional development for educators using distance learning?
There are several concepts of using distance learning for professional development:
- Providing courses, workshops and other teacher training programs through distance learning technology
- Using distance learning technology to connect with other educators for meetings, professional learning communities, legislative updates and other essential collaborative events.
- Flexible scheduling to accommodate a variety of needs.
- Training teachers on the opportunities available for their classrooms using distance learning.
What are the benefits of using distance learning for professional development?
- Districts can save money by recording workshops and training programs for repeat viewing. William Thomas, from the Atlanta-based Southern Regional Education Board says that “Once a training course or a workshop is developed it can be reused multiple times, and that’s where the cost savings come from.”
- Teachers and administrators who attend meetings and workshops may need substitute personnel adding to the cost of professional development.
- Maintaining a library of professional development programs for educators provide timely training in a variety of topics.
- Educators can save time and travel expenses by attending meetings through videoconferencing.
Where can I find more information?
Learning how to utilize the opportunities provided through distance learning can be a daunting but exciting endeavor for teachers and administrators. Several resources are here to help.
- StarNET distance learning video
- PBS TeacherLine and Michigan LearnPort provide online professional development resource delivering courses online for PreK-12 teachers.
- Distance learning in the classroom