Virtual Mentoring for Teachers: Online Professional Development Practices
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Virtual Mentoring for Teachers: Online Professional Development Practices

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Release Date: August, 2012|Copyright: © 2013 |Pages: 383
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-1963-0
ISBN13: 9781466619630|ISBN10: 1466619635|EISBN13: 9781466619647
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Description:

A major investment in professional development is necessary to ensure the fundamental success of instructors in technology-integrated classrooms and in online courses. However, while traditional models of professional development rely on face-to-face instruction, online methods are also gaining traction-viable means for faculty development.

Virtual Mentoring for Teachers: Online Professional Development Practices offers peer-reviewed essays and research reports contributed by an array of scholars and practitioners in the field of instructional technology and online education. It is organized around two primary themes: professional development models for faculty in online environments and understanding e-Learning and best practices in teaching and learning in online environments. The objective of this scholarship is to highlight research-based online professional development programs and best practices models that have been shown to enhance effective teaching and learning in a variety of environments.

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The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Assessment
  • Collaborative Tools
  • E-Learning
  • Higher Education
  • Instructional Design
  • Networked Learning Framework
  • Pedagogy
  • Professional Development
  • Social Networking
  • Virtual Learning Environments
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Contributors in education, instructional technology, library science, education policy, and literacy education describe professional development models for mentoring teachers using digital tools, and present real-life cases from around the US and a few other countries, showcasing a variety of research-based online professional development programs and best practice models. Chapters in Section 1 address professional development models for faculty in online environments, for situations such as professional learning using social networking sites, and professional development with graduate teaching assistants teaching online. Section 2 touches on theories of e-learning and best practices in teaching and learning in online environments. Some specific topics discussed in this section include e-learner motivation, and developing students' abilities to package their skills and their distinctive attributes. Keengwe is affiliated with University of North Dakota. Kyei-Blankson is affiliated with Illinois State University.

– Book News Inc. Portland, OR

This book will benefit not only those responsible for professional development at their institutions, but individual faculty and teaching assistants who want to improve their online teaching skills and provide better learning experiences for their students. Learning to teach online or in a blended environment is a life-long process and we all need to be ready for this journey with new technologies, innovative instructional strategies, and creative approaches. More than ever, professional development in a variety of forms and delivery methods will be vital for the success of online and technology-enhanced learning, teaching, assessment, and research.

– Dina Vyortkina, E-learning Manager at the University of East London, UK

This text provides an in-depth analysis of the factors that impact successful mentoring and online professional development programs. The quality of both theoretical perspectives and practical applications is high. This is a well organized and written book that highlights an important aspect of online learning, professional development, and online mentoring. The book is a valuable tool for anyone in the area of online teaching and learning.

– Carolyn Stevenson, the Communication Department, Kaplan University, USA

This text attempts to change our traditional view upon a matter that can hardly leave anyone indifferent. It discusses the essential matter: having the instructor as the object of analysis and their training process as a good online instructor as a professional project. [...] This is an excellent document for that purpose and its chapters contain the final list on which we must reflect for the future design of online training for adults and the role of technology in training processes.

– Joan Guàrdia-Olmos, Ph.D. is a Full Professor in the School of Psychology of the University of Barcelona, Spain

This book addresses issues of teacher preparation, technology skills, social presence, facilitation, communication and feedback, differentiation of instruction, and assessment and evaluation. The authors provide current and relevant research, a strong balance of practice and theory, and practical, applicable suggestions. The overall content is well-written and accessible and would be useful for instructors of both online and blended higher education classes, those interested in exploring online instruction, and administrators who oversee online instruction.

– David Herman, Graduate Assistant, Washington State University, USA

This hefty book has contributions mainly from the United States and Canada, plus two from New Zealand. Professionally the writers’ experiences embrace teaching from K to 20, in the community, and (the majority) at tertiary levels. Their teaching subjects cover a wide range. The sixteen chapters are divided into two parts, with 1 to 9 outlining professional development models for faculty and 10 to 16 addressing the topics of understanding e-learning and of best practices in teaching and learning.

Contributors strike a balance between the practical and the theoretical as they address the purposes for, resistance to, and issues and theories relating to online professional development. They also, of course, give detailed information about specific programmes which they have developed.

– Marilyn Lewis, Honorary Research Fellow, The University of Auckland
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Jared Sagini Keengwe is a Professor at the University of North Dakota (UND) and serves as the Director of the Undergraduate Elementary Education program. He is the editor-in-chief of two IGI Global Book Series: Advances in Higher Education and Professional Development (AHEPD) and Advances in Early Childhood and K-12 Education (AECKE). Prof. Keengwe has published several books and manuscripts in refereed journals. His work was honored with the UND Foundation/McDermott Faculty Award for Excellence in Academic Advising. He was a recipient of the North Dakota Spirit Faculty Achievement Award in recognition of significant contributions in teaching, research, and service. At the national level, Prof. Keengwe was a recipient of the International Institute of Education Fellowship under the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program (CADFP) – a scholar fellowship program for educational projects at African higher education institutions. The program is funded by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York (CCNY).
Lydia Kyei-Blankson 's teaching assignment includes graduate research methods courses. Also, she serves on many doctoral dissertation committees. To date, she has served on 56 dissertations. She is currently the Senior Research Fellow at NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising Center for Research at Kansas State University (KSU) and also serves on the editorial board of International Journal of Information and Communication Technology Education, Planning and Changing, and Impacting Education: Journal on Transforming Professional Practice. She is the recipient of the Manahan Family Teaching award, the University Research Initiative award, the University Teaching Initiative award, the EAF Spirit award, and the EAF Scholarship Productivity award.
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