Education Week: Ed. Schools Lag Behind in Virtual-Teacher Training

Education Week: Ed. Schools Lag Behind in Virtual-Teacher Training.

Virtual Education Experts Say Graduate Programs to Train Online Teachers Make the Most Sense, at Least for Now

Article ToolsAs the youngest faculty member in the school of education technology at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, Leanna Archambault was quickly tapped as the most “qualified” to teach one of its first online courses.

Not that she was.

“I was like, ‘How do I do this?'” recalled Ms. Archambault, a nontenured instructor at the university at the time. “It was really like building the plane while I was flying it.”

As she soon found out, teaching online courses presented very different challenges from merely integrating technology into the classroom. And after earning a doctorate from UNLV, Ms. Archambault in 2008 headed to Arizona State University in Tempe to create a curriculum to help K-12 teachers learn how to teach online. But while she had intended to focus on preservice teachers, she found certification and course-hour requirements too encumbering, and instead created a graduate certification program that began this fall, a choice that was the obvious one in retrospect.

“With undergraduates, they just made the decision to be a teacher, and many of them are not even aware that online teaching is a possibility,” Ms. Archambault said. “There needs to be some kind of will on the part of the teacher, because it’s a huge commitment. And it’s vastly different from the traditional classroom.”

While experts on virtual education largely agree that preservice teacher education needs to catch up to the times, they also often concede that graduate programs make more sense, at least for now.

Schools like Iowa State University, in Ames, offer coursework to prepare preservice teachers for virtual teaching, and others like the University of South Florida, in Tampa, and the University of Central Florida, in Orlando, offer virtual-teaching internships. But they are largely the exceptions.

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Georgia Tech Enterprise Innovation Institute to Offer Online Training on Lean

WEBWIRE – Friday, September 10, 2010
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September 10, 2010 – Bordentown, NJ – The Georgia Tech Enterprise Innovation Institute has engaged LeanForward to develop web-based training on Lean. Lean is a systematic, continuous improvement process that boosts productivity by reducing waste while also aligning an organization’s operations with its overall growth strategy.

Lean was initially developed for manufacturing environments but it can also help service organizations improve their operations. The online programs LeanForward is developing for the Enterprise Innovation Institute are unique in that they provide training on how Lean principles can be used to improve not only manufacturing, but also office, healthcare, and government/education sectors. The courseware presents appropriate content and examples for the primary sector chosen by the learner. But learners can jump into other sectors throughout much of the training to compare differences and similarities. This enables end users to learn how Lean can be applied in their specific environment while also helping them place the Lean principles in the proper context.

The Enterprise Innovation Institute’s Lean elearning includes two courses, Lean Management and Lean Tools. The courses provide specific Lean information and examples based on the user-selected sector.

“We are pleased to be working with LeanForward to expand our online training offerings to include training on Lean.” said Carol Aton with the Enterprise Innovation Institute. “The eLearning we have developed with LeanForward has enabled us to reach a wider audience than we could reach through our traditional classroom based instruction and has enabled us to further our mission to assist business and industry throughout Georgia and the nation.”

About LeanForward:
LeanForward provides innovative technology-based learning solutions that enable organizations to more efficiently and effectively transfer knowledge from those who have it, to those who need it. LeanForward develops custom elearning courseware, including computer-based training (CBT), web-based training (WBT) and high-end training simulations. For more information on LeanForward, please visit www.leanforward.com.