Preparing Teachers to Teach in Online and Blended Learning Environments
Abstract: Twenty-first century educators, both teachers and teacher educators require training andexperience in online and blended learning environments. A common barrier faced by colleges of education in meeting this need is the lack of access to the technology and the requisite training to be successful. CourseSites by Blackboard™, a free, hosted online course creation and facilitation service, has removedthose barriers and is being used by colleges of education to help prepare teachers to educate digital-age learners. CourseSites is powered by the latest asynchronous and synchronous technology from Blackboard, provides self-paced and live training options including online pedagogy best practices, enablesaccess to a community of practice of online educators, and includes dedicated support for teachers and students. Come learn how simple it is to get started with creating an online learning environment and how this resource is helping to shape the future of teachereducation.