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Handbook of Research on ICTs and Management Systems for Improving Efficiency in Healthcare and Social Care
The skills and knowledge needed or attained for personal development and career advancement.
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Clever Health: A Study on the Adoption and Impact of an eHealth Initiative in Rural Australia
Patrice Braun (University of Ballarat, Australia)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-3990-4.ch004
Abstract
This chapter reports on the evaluation of Clever Health, an Australian e-health project. The evaluation took place from mid-2007 through 2010 and consisted of both qualitative and quantitative approaches to capture awareness, expectations, and use of Clever Health components—which included video-conferencing for patient care, professional development, and peer support—and to compare initial perceptions and expectations to perceived changes in awareness and uptake of Clever Health components. The study found that while use of components increased at a satisfactory pace, health services and professionals struggled with change management issues, which, in turn, impacted changing work practices. Findings suggest that it is imperative to address and integrate the human factors of e-health delivery in the rollout of future e-health programs. The study proposes a robust evaluation framework for future telemedicine projects that uses a patient-centred unit of analysis and examines the costs and benefits that accrue for different stakeholders.
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Clever Health: A Study on the Adoption and Impact of an eHealth Initiative in Rural Australia
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Talent Revolution: New Challenges in People Management
is the result of career planning and includes the aspects that a person enriches or improves with a view to achieving objectives within the organization. It can be through individual effort or with the support of the company.
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Computer-Driven Technologies for Effective Teaching in K-12 Classrooms in Nigeria
The process of improving and increasing the capabilities of teachers through access to conference attendance, workshops, and informal learning opportunities.
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Math Anxiety: Prevalence and Implications for Professional Development Among Elementary Math Instructors
Professional development is training done throughout a person’s career as opposed to learning done before a career is started. Professional development allows employees to continue to learn and grow throughout their working years.
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Culturally Responsive Pedagogy Considerations for Online Courses
The activities, programs, and opportunities that individuals engage in to enhance their knowledge, skills, and competencies related to their profession or occupation.
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Best Practices for Distance Learning in Elementary Education During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Required by many school districts for teachers to attend to gain proficiency in a particular subject matter to enhance student learning.
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The Uptake and Use of Digital Technologies and Professional Development: Exploring the University Teacher Perspective
Refers to systematic, planned professional training for teachers to develop, improve, and advance their skills in their teaching activities.
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Leadership Coaching and Mentorship as a Strategy for Retention
Ongoing learning and skill enhancement activities that individuals engage in to improve their knowledge, competencies, and effectiveness in their professional roles, contributing to career growth and success.
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Personalized Learning Case Studies
Classes or courses teachers take, for a fee or for free, to improve their teaching skills or to earn another degree This can be done at the school, online, or by attending an actual college class.
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Systematic Selection of Innovative Pedagogies in Teacher Education Courses and Practica
The term used for activities in which educators improve their knowledge, skills, and attitudes.
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Prospects and Challenges of Social Studies Teachers Professional Development in Nigeria
Programs and experiences for current teachers to develop knowledge and skills related to teaching.
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The Driving Forces Behind Teacher Attrition and Its Multifaceted Face in Language Teaching: A Scoping Review of the Articles From 2000 to 2020
The opportunities expected to be provided to teachers in maintaining their professional credentials and learning through academic achievements, earning degrees, and participating in academic organizations.
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Middle School Teachers' Sensemaking of Job-Embedded Learning
Professional development refers to any formal or informal learning experience or process that refines and enhances the professional knowledge, skills, and practices of teachers to improve student achievement and growth.
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Exploring the Development of Pre-Service Teachers' ICT-TPACK using a Cognitive Stimulation Tool
School teachers develop their instructional skills in relation to ICT integration, regenerate their understanding of scientific concepts, and increase their understandings of knowledge in teaching, learning and educational goals.
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Learning to Teach Online: Negotiating Issues of Platform, Pedagogy, and Professional Development
Activities designed to improve the knowledge, skills, and abilities of practitioners (such as online instructors, in this chapter).
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Enhancing the Landscape of Early Learning Training Environments
A learning situation that may include face-to-face or online learning opportunities.
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International School Teachers' Professional Development in Response to the Needs of Third Culture Kids in the Classroom
Authentic participation in professional learning sessions including training, reading, dialoguing, experimenting, reflecting, and collaborative activities, which can be both formally delivered and informally experienced as on-the-job work integrated learning.
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Communities of Practice for Promoting Organizational and Informal Learning in Public Administration
A series of activities organized and aimed at achieving professional growth in knowledge, skills and workplace involvement. It usually includes the activities of selection, training, mentoring and evaluation and is related to the result of job assessments, career plans, promotional systems and job transitions.
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Exploring the Post-Doctoral Journey: Career Decisions, Employment, and Professionalism
The process of career development in which a person seeks to gain education and experience which will help in the advancement in one’s profession.
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Artificial Intelligence in Higher Education and Its Socioscientific Evaluation
It encompasses all kinds of professional knowledge and skills acquired as a result of education, usually obtained by individuals studying at university.
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Faculty Development Through Collaborative Online International Learning
Instructors developing and improving their skills to keep their understanding and knowledge of their disciplines current and to adapt to new challenges.
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Level Up: Multiple Player Professional Development
The process of advancing the skills and capabilities of a group of practictioners.
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Challenges to Implementing STEM Professional Development From an Ecological Systems Perspective
Opportunities for teachers and staff to engage in learning specific to topics related to improving their curriculum and delivery of instruction.
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ChatGPT as a Personalized Professional Development Tool: Voices of English Teachers
A continuous process of acquiring new skills, knowledge, and insights to enhance teaching quality and stay updated with the latest methodologies, resources, and technologies.
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Pedagogical Challenges in Cross-Cultural Chinese Language Teaching: Perceptions and Experiences of Chinese Immersion Teachers in the U.S.
Teachers learn knowledge and skills related to classroom teaching and management through all types of learning opportunities, including pre- and in- service training, workshops, college courses, conferences, etc., both for personal development and for career advancement.
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Developing a Virtual Professional Learning Community for Online Faculty
Any type of continuing education effort that leads to improved skills for educators with the intention of boosting student outcomes.
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Action Research and Teacher Portfolio as Two Strong Teacher-Led Professional Development Designs
Specialized training, formal education, or advanced professional learning activities that teachers attend or participate to improve their instructional practices and professional knowledge.
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School Safety: Historical and Contemporary Considerations for School and District Administrators
Consisting of professional development opportunities that are in line with the goals of school, school district, and/or state growth as well as the demands of student learning and educator development.
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Role of Business Tourism in Knowledge Economies
Professional development involves activities and opportunities that enhance an individual's skills, knowledge, and abilities within their field. Business tourism provides professionals with opportunities for continuous learning through attending workshops, seminars, and conferences, contributing to their ongoing development.
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Virtual Reality (VR) Applications in Learning: “Living Autism”
An ongoing learning process often carried out at or as an extension to the workplace.
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Encouraging and Increasing Student Engagement and Participation in an Online Classroom
Opportunities for instructors to enhance their skills carrying out a particular concept in their pedagogical practices or to increase their knowledge of their subject matter area.
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Advancing Sustainable Development Through Teacher Professional Development
Professional development refers to activities or programs that help educators improve their skills, knowledge, and performance.
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An Agile K-12 Approach: Teacher PD for New Learning Ecosystems
Training for K-12 teachers on specific topics with goals of improving the teaching and learning paradigm.
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Teacher Insight on RTI Implementation at the Middle and High School Levels: A Comparative Case Study
Training provided on a specific topic with the intent of enhancing job knowledge and performance.
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An Authentic and Sustainable STEM Pre-Service Teacher Professional Development Model: Authentic Learning Experience and Preparing for Tomorrow's STEM Professionals
A form of vocational training that allows someone to acquire new knowledge and skills that relate to his/her profession, job responsibilities, or work environment.
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Supporting Adjunct Faculty Through Responsive Professional Development
Programs intended to provide continuing education opportunities for participants.
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Ready to Engage?: Urban Middle School Teachers' Responsiveness to Virtual Engagement Interventions on Their Instructional Practices
Information about the effects of teaching practices as related to a goal followed by high leverage action steps on how to fill in gaps to reach mastery in practice.
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Blended Learning Training Course for Teachers' Professional Development: What Are the Prospects Within the Field of Education in Greece?
A result of training that enables professionals to acquire knowledge, competences, skills and working experiences in order to better meet the requirements of their work. Its goal is to keep professionals up-to-date with current trends and to help them develop new skills in their field.
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Reshaping Institutional Mission: OWI and Writing Program Administration
Throughout this chapter, I employ the term professional development to indicate formal (and to some extent informal) access to further training in pedagogy and technology for faculty members. Formal access is provided through workshops, training cohorts, and facilitated discussion groups. Informal access is provided through one-on-one consultation between instructors and WPAs, instructional design experts, or even other instructors.
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Providing Teacher Certification and Professional Development Programs
Continuing education and career training after an individual has entered the workforce.
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A Study of Novice Faculty Members' Experiences During the Mentoring Process
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Mentoring Bilingual Teachers in Content and Language-Integrated Learning Programs Through the SIOP
Training programs, workshops, conferences and any other means that teachers undergo in order to advance in the profession, by learning new sets of skills and updating their knowledge of teaching methodologies.
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Re-Educating the Educators: Collaborative 3D Printing Education
For teachers this is a formal process of continued learning through coursework, conferences, and other forms of training, which is mandatory in some states of Australia.
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Learning to Partner: Implementation of a Partnership to Reform High School English Instruction
Learning opportunities designed to strengthen the knowledge and skills of working professionals.
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Becoming STEAM: Perspectives From School Leaders
The activities of teacher learning during a professional career.
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Growing Your Own Teachers: Supporting Alternative Pathways to Licensure
Sessions designed to support undergraduate and graduate teacher candidates and usually provided outside of the typical class meeting.
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Integrating Social Emotional Learning Into the Formative Development of Educator Dispositions
Teacher training, development, and continued growth done in purposefully designed ways, such as workshops, ongoing mentoring/coaching, etc., at the in-service teacher level.
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Educational Paradigm and Professional Development: Dimensions of the Culture of Educational Institution
A lifelong process in which professional knowledge is questioned, revised, and gradually improved by collective research of their own practice in concrete institution. It is common, collaborative, networked research, interpretation and understanding of the existing, and joint construction of better education practice.
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A Study of Problems Faced by Diploma of Associate Engineering Graduates on the Job in Pakistan
Development of knowledge, skills and attitudes of the personnel’s working in industry and practical life.
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Performance Assessment in Teacher Education Programs: Direct Evaluation of Teaching Ability
Is learning to earn professional credentials and learning opportunities situated in practice. It is known to be intensive and collaborative, ideally incorporating an evaluative stage.
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Learning Amidst Mayhem: Researching Teacher Development and Technology Use in Second-Grade Classrooms
Also known as “PD,” it refers to teacher learning after their initial certification. Public school teachers in U.S. schools are required to participate in a certain amount of PD in order to keep their teaching certificates valid.
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Engaging Online K-12 Students: Using Instant Messaging to Foster Teacher-Student Relationships
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Using an Adapted Continuous Practice Improvement Model to Support the Professional Development of Teachers in a Collaborative Online Environment
Normally formal training sessions aimed to upskill and update staff to maintain their effectiveness in their job or for career advancement. May be replaced by computer-based training or online courses. Informal learning experiences contributing to professional development are not usually acknowledged although they can also develop the person as a professional.
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Building Online Faculty Learning Communities: Current Challenges and Opportunities for Minority Serving Institutions for Higher Education
Any type of continuing education effort for educators. Through this, teachers can improve their knowledge, skills & abilities and, in turn, boost student outcomes. Learning can take place in formal or informal settings. Formal settings include conferences, courses, seminars, retreats, and workshops.
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Creating an International Collaboratory for Leadership in Universally Designed Education: INCLUDE as a Global Community of Practice
Taking part in continuing education and career training after entering the workforce to develop new skills and keep up-to-date in a profession.
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The Professional Development Needs of Special Education Teachers Teaching Students With Autism Spectrum Disorder in Western China
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Critical Thinking: Centering Teachers' Knowledge and Understanding
On-going, regular sessions conducted in a collaborative setting to provide training for teachers. The goals include improving pedagogical skills, content knowledge, and instructional practice in the classroom.
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Sharing Labs: Building Collaborative Culture Through Teacher-Led Professional Development
An ongoing process of training and education to improve teachers’ and administrators’ skills and practices in service of improved student learning.
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Features of Effective Professional Development Practices for Teachers as ICT Users
Professional development can be defined as activities that improve an individual's knowledge, skills, and other personal and professional characteristics.
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Growth Models in the Age of School Reform and Accountability: Policy, Practice, and Implications
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Federal Funding for Career and Technical Education
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Mobile Learning in Higher Education
Whole group meetings scheduled once a month in which an expert in the use of various technology tools came to teach participants how to implement and integrate in their own courses.
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Creating a Quality Online Early Childhood Program Focused on Building Community and Program Improvement
The training and coursework that early childhood professionals complete to stay current with best practices in the field of early childhood education.
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Professional Development and Adjunct Perspectives
One of the important approaches for improving teachers’ pedagogical skills.
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Developing and Supporting Mathematics Teacher Educators Through Virtual Collaborations
It is a collection of experiences teachers engage in to support revisions to their practice and incorporating new pedagogical strategies and content knowledge in their practice. Professional development can be in a single setting and/or it could stretch across a more substantial period of time.
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The Transformation of an ESL Teacher From the Face-to-Face to the Online Environment
A type of learning that occurs in one’s career with the purpose of increasing one’s knowledge of certain topics, usually delivered in conference workshops, coursework, or practice situations such as internships.
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Integrating Technology in the Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education in Namibia: Is It an Effective Tool for Professional Development?
Short-term or long-term opportunities for college or university professors to enhance their knowledge and application of skills in the areas of teaching, learning, assessment, technology and research.
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A Strategic Roadmap for Rising African American Women Leaders in the 21st Century
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Improving Teacher Professional Learning: Inquiry Cycles and the Whole Teacher
The strategy schools and districts employ aimed at increasing teachers’ knowledge to better inform instructional practice.
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The Role of Strategic Leadership in Building the Geocentric Culture of Global Corporations
A systematic approach to providing continuous learning opportunities to employees.
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Increasing the Effectiveness of Novice Teachers: Constructing Vicarious and Mastery Experiences Through a Collaborative Support Model
An experience designed to help a person gain new knowledge, skills, pedagogy, and experiences to reach professional goals.
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Clemson University's Teacher Learning Progression Program: Personalized Advanced Credentials for Teachers
A general term for content- and pedagogy-related training and/or development opportunities provided to teachers, intended to enhance their knowledge, skills, expertise, and teaching practice.
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An Integral Analysis of One Urban School System's Efforts to Support Student-Centered Teaching
As Timperley (2005) establishes, involves the dissemination of some kind of information to teachers in order to inform and improve practice.
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Improving the Professional Competencies of Physics Teacher Candidates Through Service Learning
It is the process of self-improvement for individuals to become better equipped and skilled in their chosen profession.
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College Faculty as Adult Learners: An Important Role in the New Age
A wide variety of formal or informal education, or learning intended to help professionals improve their professional knowledge, competence, skill, and effectiveness.
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Equity and Social Justice: Supporting and Serving Contemporary Learners in a Changed Higher Education Climate
Courses, seminars, or other avenues of learning that allow employees to further their career-related skills.
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The Influence of Professional Development on Primary Teachers' TPACK and Use of Formative Assessment
The experiences that provide practicing teachers with opportunities to advance their knowledge and skills.
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Shifting to Online Learning Through Faculty Collaborative Support
Opportunities for faculty to hone their craft by building pedagogical knowledge and technological skills.
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College Professors Turning Chaos Into Collegial Collaboration
Developing and improving skills to maintain credentials and skills to meet the professional needs. Examples include attending workshops, conferences, coursework, webinars, or online discussions.
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Networking International Student Collaboration and Experiential Exercise Projects
Refers to the acquisition of skills and knowledge both for personal development and for career advancement.
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Project-Based Learning Service Delivery Model Case Study
Classes or courses teachers take, for a fee or for free, to improve their teaching skills or to earn another degree This can be done at the school, online, or by attending an actual college class.
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A Holistic Professional Development Model: A Case Study to Support Faculty Transition to Online Teaching
Work-related skill building. Learning opportunities for improving job-related knowledge or skills through training and instruction.
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Thriving Through Disruption: COVID-19, Online Education, and Innovation
The intentional organization of workshops and sessions geared toward helping educators learn about and develop instructional skills to address challenges and opportunities. Professional development is often geared to the needs of a context or group of educators.
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A Scenario That Works: Adapting the Army's Soldier Skills Training Model to Teach K-12 Teachers Technology
Additional learning following the earning of credentials in a career field or profession.
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Educators as Facilitators of Game-Based Learning: Their Knowledge, Attitudes, and Skills
The set of tools, resources, and training sessions for educators to improve their teaching quality and effectiveness.
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Dynamic Approach to Teaching Geometry: A Study of Teachers' TPACK Development
Process of improving skills and developing knowledge to increase teaching effectiveness.
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Teacher PLCs and the Advancement of SEL
Any activity that is intended to advance teacher knowledge, skills, and dispositions in, of, and for teaching and learning.
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School Librarian Experiences of Learning Management Implementation
The often formal and sometimes informal process by which teachers learn new skills, procedures, or information related to job duties and/or improvement of job performance.
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Online Mathematics Teacher Professional Development
Refers to informal (not college credit) learning that occurs throughout a person’s career. In this paper, it refers to such learning in regard to teachers.
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The Coaching Leadership Style (CLS)
The act of self-improvement through learning and training.
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Leading Teacher Professional Learning: Shared Language for Shared Goals
A formal structure or program within schools where teachers gather with facilitators or experts to work on improving some aspect of instruction. Professional development may be ongoing, occurring multiple times, or in a single event.
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Revitalizing Supervisory Models in Education: Integrating Adult Learning Theories and Stage Theories for Enhanced Teaching and Learning Outcomes
It refers to the ongoing learning and growth that teachers engage in to improve their skills, knowledge, and effectiveness as educators.
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Mobile Tablet Integration Using Augmented Reality
Is defined as the educational opportunities provided to teachers in order to assist them in technology education.
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Improving Classroom Management and Teacher Retention: A Needs Assessment
The opportunity for an individual to enhance existing skills and acquire new skills that may assist their performance at work.
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Integrative Course Design and Pedagogy to Humanize Online Learning: A Case Study
Formal education courses, usually short in duration (and sometimes, one-off) designed to help teachers extend their professional knowledge, competence, skill and teaching effectiveness.
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Community of Digital Learners: Embracing the Affordances of Online Teacher Education
Opportunities for professionals, such as teachers, to improve their practices.
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Teacherpreneurs as Agents of Reform
Workshops, classes, or small meetings that teachers attend to improve their teaching skills.
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Developing a Competency-Based Instructor Training Model of Professional Development: A Key Component for Competency-Based Instructional Programs
Professional development may be used in reference to a wide variety of specialized training, formal education, or advanced professional learning intended to help administrators, teachers, and other educators improve their professional knowledge, competence, skill, and effectiveness.
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Advantages and Disadvantages of Personalized Learning
Classes or courses teachers take, for a fee or for free, to improve their teaching skills or to earn another degree These courses may be offered within their school or district, online, or at a college or university.
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The Theory and Process Involved with Educational Augmented Reality Game Design
The training of in-service or pre-service teachers on a specific skill or content area applicable to their professional practice.
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Pedagogic Practice in Classroom and Workshop at Technical and Vocational Education Training Colleges
This is one of the effective means to augment teachers’ professional skills and attitudes, in order to produce better schools that will improve the learning process and student performance (Qi, 2012).
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Ensuring Quality in Technology-Focused Professional Development
A planned, comprehensive and systemic program of goals-driven, competency-based training activities that promotes productive change in individuals and school structures. The activities are interrelated and cumulative, complement the school’s and district’s vision/strategic mission and reflect all key constituencies.
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Instructional Design With a Language Lens: Preparing Educators for Multilingual Classrooms
Strategically designed learning opportunities for inservice educators to develop professional expertise and repertoires of practice to enhance student learning.
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Language Teaching in the Time of COVID-19: Insights From Experienced and Pre-Service Teachers
The process of earning or maintaining formal or informal trainings to develop competency or expertise in a specific field or skill.
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Leveraging Virtual Professional Development Experiences to Prepare to Teach Young Children Online
Participation in learning or continuing education opportunities to acquire additional knowledge, skills, and abilities.
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Mobilisation and Enactment of Malaysian ESL Teachers' Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge: From Professional Learning to Professional Practice
Engagement with activities or events to acquire or enhance knowledge and skills in certain pedagogical, curricular or instructional areas with the objective of improving classroom practices.
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Professional Development in the Twenty-First Century: YouTube Teacher Training and Professional Development
In education, professional development is any specialized activity designed for educators to improve knowledge, skills, and competence related to the practice of teaching.
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Helping Faculty Design Online Courses in Higher Education
Refers to a process involving activities designed to improve professional knowledge, skills, and attitudes on topics of interest with the goal of improving professional practice and student learning.
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Digital Leadership and Professional Development
The opportunity to learn new, career-related information that enhances the learner’s opportunity and talents within their career path.
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School-Based Professional Development of Teachers: The Role of School Heads as Leaders
Learning to get profession qualification or to improve upon one’s professional qualification, knowledge, understanding, and skills.
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Virtual Reality for Better Event Planning and Management
Formal and informal methods to continue the acquisition of professional knowledge post-qualification.
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Career-Ready Through Remote and Hybrid Fellowships: Experiential Learning in Graduate Education
Strategic, intensive, focused learning experiences that target career goals through knowledge building, observation, hands-on engagement, reflection, and application.
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Beyond Onboarding: Building a Culture of Continuous Professional Development for Effective Online Instruction
The enhancement of faculty’s educational knowledge and skills through various ways such as workshops and conferences that assist them to make improvements in their classes and educational contributions to academic programs.
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Selecting Open Source Software for Use in Schools
The process of learning undertaken to build the capacity of people working in a particular occupation or organization.
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Flipping the Post-COVID Online Classroom in a Professional Development Program at the Namibia University of Science and Technology
Opportunities for academic staff in higher education to enhance knowledge and application of skills in the areas of teaching, learning and assessment, technology, course design.
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Strategic Management from Within
The advancement of skills or expertise to succeed in a particular profession, especially through continued education.
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Preparing K-12 Teachers for Blended and Online Learning: The Role of PLNs in Preservice Learning and Professional Development
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A Program Planning and Evaluation Model for Training Teacher Educators on the Use of Technology in the Classroom
Refers to continuing education and career training provided to personnel after they have entered the workforce in order to help them develop new skills, stay up-to-date on current trends, and advance their career. Educators need continual education on emerging technologies to help them integrate them into their everyday work.
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The Undergraduate Career Compass: A Seven-Step Plan for Navigating the Transition From Academia to the World of Work
Acquiring the knowledge and skills required for a certain occupation and continuously developing the competencies directed towards enhancing the level of occupation.
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Professional Development and Training Needs for Administrators in an Islamic University Malaysia
Is a process carried out by the employees in a company, organization or institution to improve and also increasing their abilities by receiving education and training in their workplaces, following training provided by other organizations, or by seeing senior workers do that work.
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Re-Envisioning Multiculturalism: Promoting and Applying Disability Competencies Within Clinical Supervision
Learning opportunities that aim to advance one’s continued education, training, and knowledge of current practices and trends within their respective profession (particularly across allied mental health professions). Such opportunities may include conference attendance and participation in webinars or virtual educational offerings.
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Exploring the Adoptions by Students of Web 2.0 Tools for E-Learning in Higher Education: Web 2.0 Tools for E-Learning in Higher Education
Personal development is achieved through activities aimed to improve skills and developing knowledge in a particular field.
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Empowering Literacy Educators Through Trauma-Informed Practices
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Exploring Application of the Training of Trainers (ToT) Model on Faculty Professional Development and Teaching Practices in a Summer Learning Community
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Integrating ICT in Language Teaching and Learning: Preparing Technology-Enabled Language Teachers in the Digitally Transformed Education World
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Designing Enduring and Impactful Professional Development to Support Teacher Growth
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Coping With Compassion Fatigue Through Self-Care
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