Professional Development


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.

NSF Grant to Cover Master Degrees in STEM Teaching and Bonuses

A six-year project at the University of Houston will develop, mentor and retain 30 STEM teacher-leaders in high-need school districts.

New OLC Program to Support Digital Learning Research

The Online Learning Consortium is launching a new program that provides hands-on research and networking opportunities for current and recently graduated doctoral students in the field of digital learning. Participants in the O.L.C. Emerging Scholars program can contribute to projects in the O.L.C. Research Center, collaborate with researchers at institutions and organizations around the world, and network with peers and mentors.

New Project to Launch Global Standards for Flipped Training

The Flipped Learning Global Initiative has introduced a new effort to establish international standards for flipped training. The standards are meant to ensure that educators are trained using the most current global research and best practices in flipped learning, according to a news announcement.

U St Thomas to Launch Online STEM Engineering Ed Certificates

The University of St Thomas will begin offering graduate certificates in STEM engineering education online this year.

3D Printing Conference for Educators Heading to Atlanta in October

Educators interested in 3D printing will have a venue this fall to learn more about how to use it in K-12 and higher education.

Online Degrees Primed to Help Early Ed Teachers Meet New Credential Reqs

A report recently published by New America posed a set of questions related to how those policies affect the early education teachers who need to attain bachelor's degrees, especially in areas of quality and access — and whether online education could provide a leg up.

Hoonuit Buys Ed Training Company, Offers PD Credit Through U North Dakota

By completing a Pathway set, educators can earn a graduate credit through U North Dakota by working with an instructor of record at the university, receiving feedback on assignments and creating a "final reflection" paper that ties together the learning.

CBE Program to Train More Teachers in North Carolina

North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have teamed up to launch a competency-based teacher education program they hope will help address a widening teacher shortage in the state.

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