The Value of Online Options in Teacher Education: Harnessing Technology to Reach Goals
Tuesday, March 19 10:15 AM-11:15 AM Location: Celebrity Ballroom 3
Presider: Allan Zadorozny, Westdale School - Pembina Trails School Division, Canada
Abstract: Teacher education has its traditional format of in-the-classroom courses, with the culminating field experience to prepare the teacher for a teaching career. Once the teacher is in the classroom, however, the prospect of returning to obtain the graduate degree for purposes of career advancement is not a simple matter to consider, given typical teaching loads and schedules that also must work around personal responsibilities. Too often, even being able to continue one's education through an online course can seem unsurmountable. Both time and workloads interfere with realizing one's dream. How can teacher preparation programs - which include such graduate coursework - plan courses and schedules so that these prospective graduate students can make their dreams come true? One solution is to harness the potential in various emerging technologies to provide the flexibility and engagement that will encourage the student to complete the program. The author has collected stories provided by students in online Education graduate courses to pinpoint relevant concerns that online graduate course delivery should address. This session will depict viable plans for presenting coursework to graduate students who are already busy with their teaching careers.