Professional Development


Despite Increase in Instructional Designers, There Is No 'Universal Profile' for the Role

A new report from the Online Learning Consortium seeks to clear up the mystery surrounding the role of instructional designer in higher education.

Flipped Learning Global Intros Lesson Planning Credential

The Certified Lesson Planning Specialist is a set of online courses designed for educators who want to see what flipped classes look like and hear from peers about the reasons for their instructional choices.

4 Ways to Fine-Tune Academic Innovation in Higher Ed

Academic technology leaders share how they encourage faculty to experiment and engage with emerging technologies and pedagogies.

Digital Badges Initiative to Support Professional Development in Washington State

The Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges is teaming up with software development company Concentric Sky on a digital badging initiative that will use Badgr digital badges to document professional development accomplishments of faculty, administrators and staff across the system's 34 institutions.

Guiding Faculty into Immersive Environments

What's the best way to get faculty to engage with emerging technologies and incorporate new learning spaces into their teaching? Five institutions share their experiences.

New Summit to Explore Connected Learning

A new Connected Learning Summit, taking place Aug. 1-3 at the MIT Media Lab, is focused on "harnessing emerging technology to expand access to participatory, playful, and creative learning." The event will bring together researchers, educators, developers and others interested in digital citizenship, equity and access, virtual reality, digital media and more.

We Can Do Better in the New Reality: Rethinking Faculty Roles

How can institutions respond to the challenges of dwindling enrollments and vanishing state budgets, while leveraging the important role faculty have in strategic change? CT talks with NCHEMS President Sally Johnstone.

Online Non-Profit University Offers Teacher Training Scholarships

Western Governors University made the offer for people who want to earn their bachelor's or master's degree in education and aren't already enrolled there.

Transforming the Postsecondary Professional Education Experience

Many postsecondary professional schools are recognizing that they must develop innovative programs to address the changing environment that surrounds them as well as the new requirements their graduates currently face. Here, CT talks with Dean and Professor of Information Thomas A. Finholt at the University of Michigan School of Information to find out what changes UMSI is anticipating.

D2L Updates Brightspace with Professional Development Features

D2L's Brightspace learning platform now features a variety of ways to organize and manage faculty and staff professional development. Bringing these capabilities into Brightspace eliminates the need to maintain a separate learning management system for faculty development, according to the company. "Instructors and staff can use the same learning system to develop their professional skills that their learners are using — which saves organizations money, resources, budget and time,” explained John Baker, president and C.E.O. of D2L, in a statement.

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