Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Online PD: The Teachers Talk Back

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Online PD: The Teachers Talk Back

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HIGHLIGHTS

* More than half of teachers surveyed cited scheduling as a primary benefit of participating in online professional development offerings.

* One out of five respondents said affordability was a primary benefit of online PD.

* Along with providing them with online courses, teachers want administrators to use technology to create opportunities for collaboration with other teachers.

33% of teachers report having enrolled in an online professional development course; 13 percent have researched taking an online class.

What are the primary benefits of participating
in online professional development? (Multiple answers allowed.)

Fits my schedule                                               56%
Ability to customize my learning to meet my needs              37%
I can review materials as I need them                          35%
Saves time                                                     28%
I am part of a professional learning community                 23%
I am more accountable for my own learning                       2%
Less expensive than alternatives                                2%
Supports my learning style                                     17%
I am better organized                                          15%
I have more opportunities to collaborate with my peers         15%
Just in time/when I need it                                    15%
Provides access to experts                                     14%
I feel more connected to my profession                         13%

How would you like your school or district to use technology
to create professional learning communities? … 
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