Professional Development: A Rural School District's Experience with Videoconferencing
Karen Fiege, Kim Peacock, David Geelan, University of Alberta, Canada
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Atlanta, GA, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-52-5 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
Abstract: The Rural Advanced Community of Learners (RACOL) project undertook an initiative to develop broadband synchronous and asynchronous technologies to a rural school district in northern Alberta, Canada. Relying on the recently installed Alberta SuperNet (a high-speed broadband network), the Virtual Presence Learning Environment (VPLE) classrooms were built using various digital and videoconferencing technologies. As of September 2003, four full-time teachers were required to teach varying subjects within these VPLE classrooms. Therefore, a professional development team was formed and nine professional development sessions were conceptualized and delivered. A history and unique qualities of the RACOL project, a review of literature pertaining to professional development for educational technologies, an in-depth analysis of the nine sessions that were delivered, as well as the results of some research conducted during the nine sessions will be described within this paper.
Fiege, K., Peacock, K. & Geelan, D. (2004). Professional Development: A Rural School District's Experience with Videoconferencing. In R. Ferdig, C. Crawford, R. Carlsen, N. Davis, J. Price, R. Weber & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2004--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 2150-2157). Atlanta, GA, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).