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Using Online Professional Development for Teachers of Gifted Students

Gifted education is tricky and many teachers don’t know how to deal with such students. It isn’t often cost effective to implement programs in schools that may host a single or a few gifted children. Little and Housand (2011) discuss the ability to use online education to facilitate learning through multiple school systems in order to raise professional teaching standards and help such students in their precocious development.  In higher education technology lags behind other industries. The reasons are many but often tradition, skill level, and perception are important considerations. With proper technology professional development in the educational fields has new opportunities. More important, it can help teachers understand their rare students even when such skills are not currently available. There are a few tips when trying to consider the potential success of such programs. Coherence: The training should match both the goals of the organization, student needs, and

Free Webinar-Faculty Attitudes on Technology

Inside Higher Ed 's 2013 Survey of Faculty Attitudes on Technology -- conducted with Gallup -- aims to understand how college and university faculty members and campus leaders in educational technology perceive and pursue online learning and other emerging opportunities for delivering course content. Highlights of the survey findings include: Few faculty believe that online courses can achieve student learning outcomes as well as in-person courses. Whether an online program is offered by an accredited institution tops the list of factors that contribute to quality in online education according to faculty members. Technology administrators are far likelier to associate quality with academic credit.  Faculty members feel strongly that institutions should start MOOCs only with faculty approval, and that MOOCs should be evaluated by accrediting agencies. Of faculty who have never taught an online course, 30 percent say the main reason th

The Five Best Ways to Build Relationships in the Workplace (Online Classroom)

For the online faculty member, his or her workplace is behind a computer.   Often we feel isolated and alone.   Imagine what it must be like for our students who may need someone to connect to virtually (e-connectivity).    “ It’s not enough for a course to be accessible online, it must also be designed in a way that keys into the digital pulse of current events, trending topics and insider knowledge endemic to the web. The three-quarters of 18 to 29 year-olds who have profiles on social networks are likely wondering why online course offerings aren’t nearly as enticing as the content that they find on their favorite social websites.” (Masoni) As the current Allstate ad says… “we want more, we just want more”.   Students want a relationship with the instructor.   Students need reassurance there is a real instructor and person behind the text who is active and engaged. Two methods to provide more for your students are to build trust and to model behavior that you expect f