professional development, online instruction, formative assessment, instruments, virtual faculty support, program management, collaborative learning, professional learning communities, virtual pedagogy, standards for online teaching
Research conducted in various settings suggests that preparation and support for online instructors should be considered separately from comparable efforts for instructors in face-to-face environments. However, few studies provide empirical data that outline the ways in which preparation to teach online should differ, and only a handful link these practices to measurable outcomes that help define what is meant by effective. PBS TeacherLine’s model presents an opportunity to examine a comprehensive, well-established effort to prepare and support instructors of exclusively online courses. Results from a yearlong study illustrate PBS TeacherLine’s successes and explores their relationship with outcomes such as instructor retention, quality of online instruction, satisfaction with support received, and favorable learner course grades and re-enrollment rates. Findings reveal promising practices for preparing and supporting any online faculty, whether in k-12 or higher education, and suggest outcomes that may be appropriate for characterizing the effectiveness of these efforts.
provides a place for Sloan-C members and others to secure education and professional development about online eteaching and learning. Sloan-C offers wide ranging knowledge for those interested in deepening both pedagogical and practitioner aspects of their teaching practice.
includes valuable resources to help you and your faculty gain effectiveness in online teaching and learning, with discounted pricing on Sloan-C conferences and workshops, free webinars, discussion groups and peer networking, awards eligibility and more.
The Sloan Consortium offers three annual conferences, each focusing on a different area of interest in online learning and located in a different region of the country. Join us in Las Vegas, NV in the Spring for the Emerging Technologies for Online Learning International Symposium, in Milwaukee, WI in the Summer for the Blended Learning Conference & Workshop, and in Orlando, FL in the Autumn for our Annual International Conference on Online Learning.
The Online Learning Revolution is the new reality!
The 2012 Online Learning Survey reported that more than 6.7 million students are taking at least one online course, and this trend is growing faster than traditional enrollments, are you ready to participate or expand activities in this growing market?
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