06 SES 09, Open Learning Environments: Looking for Evidences
Parallel Paper Session
This paper considers how online resources can be used to build a quality assured portal to support the evidence informed training and professional development of new and experienced teachers based upon portals develop in the England as part of the Teacher Training Resource Bank (TTRB). This resource was developed to support teacher training and professional development but was ended in 2010 due to a change of government.
Statistical records of TTRB usage since its inception in 2006 demonstrate widespread use of the resource within English initial teacher education (ITE) and schools. An independent evaluation of the TTRB (Chambers, 2009) indicated a positive impact on trainee teachers in terms of making a large range of research and up-to-date resource material easily available. Trainee teachers were further enabled to make connections between theory and their own practice. The quality of their academic work was also seen to be improved through more comprehensive use of sources.
At its peak, the TTRB had over 30,000 visitors per month with 15,000 page views per month according to independent analytic software tools. The TTRB was a project, funded by the English Teacher Development Agency for Schools (TDA). The main aims were to articulate and represent the professional knowledge bases that underpin teacher education and to increase the range and quality of resources available for the professional development of novice teachers and those who support them.The TTRB sought to link theory, debate and practice through raising the profile of research and knowledge creation.
Review articles by academics and education experts were rigorously moderated, categorised and interlinked with related content creating contextually rich and authoritative resources that were linked to the original source. It aimed to be a one-stop portal for education professionals to gain evidence informed briefings that are authoritative, credible, relevant and timely. The site also included longer briefings on key areas of interest and a ‘real life’ question answering service called the e- librarian. This enabled register users to obtain a librarian’s response to a question if they were unable to find required resources on the web site. These questions also served to inform the future selection of material for review.
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