PSU: Distance Learning Series (Webinar Summary)

PSU: Distance Learning Series (Webinar Summary)

PSU Distance Learning Series

Webinar highlights

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

key takeaways

01

Common Language Is Needed to Support a Model

02

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.”

03

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

 

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Prioritization Scorecard

This Prioritization Scorecard serves as a guide to the Common Language & Guiding Questions tool and will quantify areas of the Systems Model that need greater attention and effort to develop your plan.

As you use this Scorecard, focus on the system component definitions provided in the Common Language & Guiding Questions tool to evaluate your strengths and weaknesses. Then, work through each system component to mark your score (i.e. 0, 1, 2, or 3) for in-person, hybrid, and distance learning models. Finally,  total your scores to determine areas for improvement. For example, a component with a total score of 9 is an exemplar, but a component with a total score of 4 is an area that needs to be addressed.

Upon completion of the Prioritization Scorecard, you will have identified areas to begin and focus your continuity plan. Finally, we recommend you use this tool as a part of any ongoing, continuous improvement plan.

Next PSU Session 

Dec 10 – 10am

FACILITATION MODALITIES: PATHWAYS TO INTERACTION

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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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