Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Barry Fishman discusses online professional development for teachers in Education Week

Tags: digital signage, educational studies, fishman, instructional improvement, k-12, professional development, teacher effectiveness, teacher quality, teaching and learning, technology

An article published in the June 13, 2012, Education Week, looks at nontraditional, online professional development opportunities for teachers, including webinars, twitter sessions, and YouTube videos. Barry Fishman says "The expansion of good online materials and easy access has put the control of this type of learning back into teachers' hands. The caution is that a lot of people are confused about online professional development, as if it were a thing or a particular way of interacting. It's not. It's a medium."

According to the article, one difficulty with some of these online learning opportunities is connecting them with some type of recognition or credit.

Barry Fishman is associate professor, School of Education;  and associate professor, School of Information.

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