16 SES 08, Technology Enhanced Learing: Focusing on the Teacher (Part 1)
Symposium: to be continued in 16 SES 09 A
Professional development to support teachers in using technology is not new. The British Journal of Educational Technology was first published in 1970, and a seventeen-nation European project to bring together expertise in this field was published over twenty-five years ago (Harrison, 1988). Unfortunately however, educational research has not kept pace with technological change, and while online teacher professional development (oTPD) has increased exponentially, evidence of the effectiveness of such self-directed learning is often anecdotal and based on immediate rather than long-term impact (Dede, 2009). The MESH Guides (2014) are part of an international oTPD initiative offering teachers quick access to research-informed professional knowledge, and this presentation shares findings from an evaluation of the MESH Spelling site, a suite of resources on cognition and spelling development, with lesson plans and software, all aimed at helping teachers of English improve their students’ spelling. The site collects data on user nationality, navigation, behaviour flow and event timing, augmented by a questionnaire that probes deeper issues of perceived usefulness and learning. This presentation reports data from teachers in the UK, USA, China, Malawi and Nigeria, and attempts to document some of the cultural as well as pedagogical challenges of conducting an intercontinental online evaluation.
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Network 1. Continuing Professional Development: Learning for Individuals, Leaders, and Organisations
Network 2. Vocational Education and Training (VETNET)
Network 3. Curriculum Innovation
Network 4. Inclusive Education
Network 5. Children and Youth at Risk and Urban Education
Network 6. Open Learning: Media, Environments and Cultures
Network 7. Social Justice and Intercultural Education
Network 8. Research on Health Education
Network 9. Assessment, Evaluation, Testing and Measurement
Network 10. Teacher Education Research
Network 11. Educational Effectiveness and Quality Assurance
Network 12. LISnet - Library and Information Science Network
Network 13. Philosophy of Education
Network 14. Communities, Families and Schooling in Educational Research
Network 15. Research Partnerships in Education
Network 16. ICT in Education and Training
Network 17. Histories of Education
Network 18. Research in Sport Pedagogy
Network 19. Ethnography
Network 20. Research in Innovative Intercultural Learning Environments
Network 22. Research in Higher Education
Network 23. Policy Studies and Politics of Education
Network 24. Mathematics Education Research
Network 25. Research on Children's Rights in Education
Network 26. Educational Leadership
Network 27. Didactics – Learning and Teaching
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