Doing Online Professional Development -- Online

Santovec, Mary Lou
September 2004
Distance Education Report;9/15/2004, Vol. 8 Issue 18, p4
The article discusses about new research in experimental learning. Susan Crichton, assistant professor of educational technology, in a research, found that experiential learning, especifically having online educators use online professional development, is successful in changing teaching practices. The philosophy of teaching differs between online and classroom environments. "Teachers' individual philosophies don't change," Crichton says. "But variables in the online environment support different teaching and learning approaches." In an online environment, learning can be self-paced and mastery driven. It can draw on multimedia resources and allow for e-portfolios and other electronic assessments.


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