Next week a new massive open online course will begin for K-12 science teachers who want to learn how to help their students read and understand scientific texts.
The United States Department of Education is tackling professional development of teachers and others working with English language learners.
A public elementary and middle school has teamed up with a college in its area to deliver professional development to help teachers add computer science activities into their curriculum.
LMS maker Instructure and registration software maker GoSignMeUp will integrate systems to give one-stop service for professional development.
Colorado State University-Global Campus will launch new online teacher licensure programs in science and math this spring.
Colleges and universities are increasingly relying on adjuncts and part-time faculty members to teach their online courses. A quarter of schools have increased the use of online adjunct instructors by five percent or more; 31 percent have increased their use by up to five percent. Yet often, these instructors don't receive training on how to teach online; the schools lack formal policies for faculty expectations; and faculty are expected to create their own online courses with or without institutional help.
The National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development has partnered with Cengage Learning on a slate of professional development resources for adjunct faculty and administrators.
Many higher education institutions are working on initiatives to maintain a culture of creativity and innovation even in difficult economic times. CT spoke with Vice Provost for Research and Strategic Initiatives Lee Kats, to learn about Pepperdine University's Waves of Innovation model.
Judith Boettcher gives CT a heads-up about the upcoming revision of The Online Teaching Survival Guide.
Indiana University has placed an official wrapper around its active learning experimentation. The institution recently launched the "Mosaic Active Learning Initiative," a project that encompasses services and strategies to support faculty and students using this type of classroom and instructional approach.