Reconstructing Distance Education Training in the State of Utah: Connecting the Literature on Best Methods to the Development PROCEEDINGS
George Miller, Utah State Office of Educaiton, United States ; David Stokes, Westminster College, SLC, Utah, United States ; Lisa Williamson, Utah Valley University, Orem, Utah, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Charleston, SC, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-67-9 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
What happens when your distance learning training becomes outdated?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.
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