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Issues in Online Professional DevelopmentBuilding an Online CommunityPD Challenges for Blended Learning Professional Development ActivitiesActivityTypeWhenOptional/MandatoryDescriptionTeacher WeekF2FAugustMandatoryNew teachers - 5 days Returning teachers - 3 daysFacilitator Intro (7 weeks)VirtualVariesMandatoryInitial training for all instructorsAdv. Facilitator (3 weeks)VirtualVariesMandatory - FT Optional - PTVirtual learning communityMission ControlVirtualContinuousMandatory-Tricks Trade Optional - all other boardsDiscussion Boards/Learning communityWebconference SessionsVirtualBi-MonthlyOptionalVariety of topics hosted by admin and team leaders - archived for those who cant attend liveFaculty MeetingsVirtualWeeklyMandatoryThursdays at 7 pm via Elluminate Archived for those who cant attend liveDepartment MeetingsVirtualMonthlyMandatoryHosted by team leadersAP seminars / workshopsF2F/VirtualVariesMandatoryWeek long seminars every 5 years Full day workshop every 2 yearsWebinarsVirtualVariesOptionalHosted by ETLO, SREB, NACOLTeacher Mentor ProgramF2F/VirtualContinuousMandatory for New TeachersPaired with experienced teachers/Meet regularly/Enrolled in courses2Facilitator TrainingETLO 1st PD for all online instructorsComponents:Facilitated course (usually six weeks before beginning employment)Experimentation course for practice of concepts Project based (planning template)

Mission ControlContent area - All reference documents, forms and how-tos

Tricks of the Trade A place for colleagues to seek and to offer general instructional support as well as discuss best practices for online learning

Faculty Bulletin Board - A place to share non-instructional news with colleagues

News Articles of Interest - This is a place to post news articles either in print or online that may be of interest to the online learning world

Department Forums Science, Social Studies, English/Humanities, World Languages

Book Forum - discussions (voluntary)

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At this point we appear to have a

19th century curriculum,

20th century buildings and organizations

and 21st century students facing an undefined futureBruce Wellman, MiraVia, LLC

Blended LearningBlended learning is anytime a student learns at least in part at a supervised brick-and-mortar location away from home and at least in part through online delivery with some student control over time, place, path, and/or pace.

Six Models of IntegrationFace-to-face Driver Teacher driven in a f2f environment with supplemental online resourcesFlex: Most of the content is online with tutoring in a f2f classroomRotation: Students rotate between f2f and online within the same courseSelf-blend: Students are online after hours on their own initiativeOnline driver: Content is online and students meet with f2f occasionallyOnline lab: Students in computer lab with mentor during school day and teacher is online

Blended Learning: ProsIncreased teacher effectiveness Teachers trained in online delivery are more successful ( content access for students anytime, anywhere contentIncreased interaction with instructor f2f and virtually home and schoolPotential for students to work at individual pace with greater control of their own learningImplementation IssuesCurriculum and resourcesTools training teachers and studentsFacilitation/support school and homeRole of parents/guardiansTechnology access alternativesBackup for lack of accessPedagogical support for teachers Initial and Ongoing Resistance to change Blended Learning Instructor SupportBlending Learning or Integrating Technology?Designing a new classroom Putting the puzzle pieces together (ie. Student, classroom, parent)Dynamic curriculumRethinking traditional bricks-and-mortar policiesAutomation of manual tasks (data entry)Other