PSU: Distance Learning Series (Webinar #1 Summary)

PSU: Distance Learning Series (Webinar #1 Summary)

PSU Distance Learning Series

Webinar #1 highlights

Whether or not you were able to attend, the first installment of the PSU Distance Learning Series provided plenty of resources to unpack as we strive to support learning in a variety of models throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

key takeaways


Common Language Is Needed to Support a Model


Distance Learning Is Not New, but this scale is

Scholars Moore and Kearsley (2011) have defined distance education as Planned Learning that normally occurs in a different place from teaching, requiring special techniques of course design and instruction, communication through various technologies, and special organizational and administrative arrangements.”


We Must Adhere to the Guiding Principles 

Good teaching is important: it may overcome poor use of technology, but technology can never save bad teaching

Designing effective learning experiences requires teachers as instructional designers who understand technology

Each medium has its own design characteristics and context

Make all mediums (face to face, print, audio, video, interactive multimedia)  available to learners

Interaction is essential


Next PSU Session 

Nov 19 – 10am

a blueprint to lead past the pandemic


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About The Author

Brandon Langer

Brandon Langer serves as the Program Administrator of Instructional Technology at MCIU where he oversees the Montgomery Virtual Program and supports the integration of instructional technology in the Office of Professional Learning. As a former teacher and an instructional coach, Brandon has conducted numerous professional development sessions centered around technology applications and integrating student-centered instruction into the classroom. He has also worked closely with fine and performing arts teachers throughout the northeast to create and advocate for arts programs and modernize arts assessment practices. His passion for student success is grounded in his belief that teachers, not the computer, are the most powerful asset in the classroom today. Brandon is the host of the OPL Podcast from MCIU and has earned a Bachelor of Music in Education from the University of Delaware and a Master of Science in Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Arkansas State University. He is a regular participant in many online PLN Twitter chats and can be followed @BrandonLanger.

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