Project Based Educational Technology Professional Development
Iain Doherty, The University of Auckland, New Zealand
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Nashville, Tennessee, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-84-6 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
Our paper is a progress report on the provision of professional development workshops for educators within an institute of higher education. The aim of the workshops is to teach educators the necessary theoretical and practical skills to enable them to use Web 2.0 tools – blogs, wikis & social bookmarking – to enhance their teaching. We have refined the workshops over a two-year period in order to engage educators at a deep level with the potential of Web 2.0 tools for teaching. This resulted in a project based workshop format requiring participants to complete a learning design activity template. We instituted a more complex learning design template and research results reported in this paper indicate that this was a mistake. We have therefore returned to a more straightforward learning design template. We have also revised our post-workshop support model to try to increase the number of workshop participants who put what they learn into practice.
Doherty, I. (2011). Project Based Educational Technology Professional Development. In M. Koehler & P. Mishra (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2011--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 1807-1812). Nashville, Tennessee, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).