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Asynchronous Methods for Professional Development

, Clemson University, United States ; , North Carolina State University, United States

Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Charleston, SC, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-67-9 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA


Professional Development is acknowledged as suitable for keeping current with professional techniques (Roscoe, 2002) However, in this declining economy in the United States, professional development is often discontinued during budget cuts. Research has found distance learning to be a cost effective alternative to traditional professional development training (Southernwood, 2008) . More specifically, the use of asynchronous methods for professional development is a cost effective answer to the need for professional development during these hard economic times. This session will investigate techniques found in literature, examine current asynchronous professional development, and brainstorm innovative asynchronous techniques for the future. Lastly, this session will consider effective evaluation methods for asynchronous professional development programs. Specifically, how to effectively evaluate the programs and if evaluation methods should differ from evaluation of face-to-face or synchronous online delivery methods will be explored.


Bartlett, M. & Bartlett, J. (2009). Asynchronous Methods for Professional Development. In I. Gibson, R. Weber, K. McFerrin, R. Carlsen & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2009--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 1166-1170). Charleston, SC, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved December 17, 2018 from .


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