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Professional Development: A Rural School District's Experience with Videoconferencing

Full Paper ID: 8172
  1. Karen Fiege
    University of Alberta
  2. Kim Peacock
    University of Alberta
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    David Geelan
    University of Alberta

Abstract: The Rural Advanced Community of Learners (RACOL) project undertook an initiative to develop broadband synchronous and asynchronous technologies to a rural school district in northern Alberta, Canada. Relying on the recently installed Alberta SuperNet (a high-speed broadband network), the Virtual Presence Learning Environment (VPLE) classrooms were built using various digital and videoconferencing technologies. As of September 2003, four full-time teachers were required to teach varying subjects within these VPLE classrooms. Therefore, a professional development team was formed and nine professional development sessions were conceptualized and delivered. A history and unique qualities of the RACOL project, a review of literature pertaining to professional development for educational technologies, an in-depth analysis of the nine sessions that were delivered, as well as the results of some research conducted during the nine sessions will be described within this paper.

Presider: Andreas Panayiotidis, Faculty of Business Kingston University


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