Teacher Professional Development

roundtableLocation: Salon 3
This is a roundtable in the Cyberlearning 2017 Roundtable session.

Integrating Instruction, Psychology, and Technology to Improve Online Learning

John Chapman
The great majority of technological advancements have traditionally been designed and developed outside of education-rich environments. This is due, in part, to the increasingly prohibitive costs of developing new technology within current, capital-resource thin, educational environments and to the accelerating pace of technological improvement. While exceptions do exist, more often than not, educators and instructional designers without extensive financial resources are limited in seeking out, improving and designing new instructional approaches beyond what current technological functionality affords. One response is to offer educational researchers opportunities to learn to code. Another response is to offer research funding to integrate new pedagogical approaches pushing technological functionality. This post outlines a relatively new, yet active-learning based pedagogy that is limited by current technological functionality and offers suggestions for improved integration between pedagogical and educational technology research efforts.

Supporting professional development (PD) leaders’ work and learning through materials design

Kara Suzuka

In this presentation, I will discuss our efforts to create web-based professional development (PD) materials that support the work and learning of PD facilitators/leaders as they try to engage teachers in challenging content and activity structures. I’ll share designs we have developed for our practice-based modules– with a special focus on the supports and scaffolds we have been pilot testing with PD facilitators/leaders to encourage their professional learning and growth.
Project: Homepage, NSF Award #1118745 – Developing Teaching Expertise in K-5 Mathematics