Reconstructing Distance Education Training in the State of Utah: Connecting the Literature on Best Methods to the Development
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Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (SITE) 2009
Charleston, SC, USA
March 2, 2009
Ian Gibson, Roberta Weber, Karen McFerrin, Roger Carlsen & Dee Anna Willis
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What happens when your distance learning training becomes outdated? How do you bring your content and methods current? How do you ensure your practice is solidly connected to theory? In 2007 this was the issue facing the Distance Learning Director at the State Office of Education in Utah. This paper documents research into the issues and the creation of new approaches for professional development of DL teachers. The state of Utah has over 400 distance education sites and its vast geography makes it difficult to visit DL teachers to maintain a training regime. A graduate student was awarded a USOE grant to conduct a literature review of distance learning. Research suggested Podcasts be used for professional development. Additional grants were awarded to two distance learning teachers and Westminster College (Salt Lake City, UT) to assist in preparing asynchronous "Podcasts" for professional development activities and discussions for Utah's DL teachers.
Miller, G., Stokes, D. & Williamson, L. (2009). Reconstructing Distance Education Training in the State of Utah: Connecting the Literature on Best Methods to the Development. In I. Gibson et al. (Eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2009 (pp. 466-474). Chesapeake, VA: AACE. Retrieved December 10, 2013 from http://www.editlib.org/p/30639.
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