Successful student outcomes derive from a quality classroom experience – regardless of whether that classroom is a brick-and-mortar or online environment. However, online and blended teaching requires additional skills that should be identified and developed. Compared to a classroom teacher, an online teacher’s role is likely to be more heavily weighted toward guiding and individualizing learning; engaging in effective digital communication with students; assessing and grading students using unique online tools; and, in some cases, developing the online course content and structure. Combine the development of these skills with the desire to give students greater control over the time, place, path and pace of their learning, and you understand what it takes to be an effective online teacher.
- District Administrators/Tech
- School Administrators
- High School Teachers
- Various Content Areas
Professional Development Goals
- Train teachers in the best practices of blended learning.
- Train teachers in the use of a Learning Management System conducive for the blended environment.
- Develop a number of courses that will be offered in a blended model.
- Deliver both blended and fully online courses using nationally recognized best practices for online course delivery (i.e.iNacol Standards).