2 Replies Latest reply: Jul 9, 2013 8:27 PM by cmuller RSS

Are the benefits of professional development greater online or face-to-face?

Lynne Hoffman Apprentice
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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?

 

Check out the article published in Education Week--Benefits of Online, Face-to-Face Professional Development Similar, Study Finds--by Benjamin Herold (June 19, 2013).

 

What do you think of the research findings cited in this article?  Do you prefer online learning or face-to-face?

 

  • Re: Are the benefits of professional development greater online or face-to-face?
    Jeanne Rogers Apprentice
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    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.

  • Re: Are the benefits of professional development greater online or face-to-face?
    cmuller Novice
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    Hi Lynne Hoffman,

     

    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. 

     

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