A new study suggests that the benefits of online teacher professional development has the same effect on student learning and teacher behavior as more traditional face-to-face models. Do you find this surprising?
I've heard many comments about this issue as school districts continue to add online opportunities for professional development. Not all feel they are successful and feel that face to face should still be an option. District budgets contribute to the success or failure of a teacher. Is there enough support to facilitate the changes needed in the 21st century classroom? Professional Development, mentoring, and follow-up are all important pieces.
I enjoyed reading the article "Benefits of Online,Face-Face Professional Development Similar, Study Finds" by Benjamin Herold. I agreed with the article's statements that:
"One of the benefits of online professional development is that it lets teachers move at their own pace," and "The same thing is probably going on in face-to-face [settings]. You just zone out when you're sitting in a 40-hour workshop." I think for me it depends upon the topic of the Professional Development. Sometimes I have taken very interesting face-to-face workshops but some are long. Workshops online seem shorter when they go well. Either way works for me, I have even taken some podcasts.