Developing Effective Professional Development Spaces, Real and Virtual, for College of Education Faculty
Abstract: Towson’s College of Education developed a faculty professional development lab to support the faculty’s authentic integration of technology. The lab was launched in direct response to faculty concerns about lack of competency with emerging K-12 classroom technologies, such as interactive whiteboards. Teacher interns were expected to demonstrate fluency with such technologies in their student teaching placements, but faculty members were not modeling effective teaching using such tools. The lab, staffed by one part time faculty member and two graduate students, provided workshops, one-on-one coaching and instructional support to faculty members. In addition, an online web environment (wiki) was developed to provide just-in-time resources to both faculty and pre-service teachers. The overwhelming success of the lab and associated resources will be profiled in the proposed presentation.
Presider: Katrin Becker, Mount Royal University / Mink Hollow Media