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Developing Pedagogy and Course Design Skills in Novice Virtual School Teachers in Australia

, Microsoft, United States ; , Catholic Education Western Australia, Australia

Journal of Online Learning Research Volume 5, Number 1, ISSN 2374-1473 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC USA

Abstract

Ten secondary schools in a large statewide education system initiated a virtual school network to address the lack of upper secondary school courses for university entry in smaller high schools. This article highlights the yearlong professional learning program designed to prepare a cohort of classroom teachers, who were novices to teaching online, for developing and teaching fully online courses. In accordance with program goals, data include pre/post measures of teachers’ capabilities in the iNACOL National Standards for Quality Online Teaching, and external course reviews using the iNACOL National Standards for Quality Online Courses. Results show that teachers grew in all standards their self-reported online teaching skills, and reviewers rated two-thirds of the 21 course quality items as being Very Satisfactory and Satisfactory for a majority of the courses prior to teachers beginning to teach students. Findings indicate areas of emphasis for the ongoing work of the cohort’s professional learning community.

Citation

Cavanaugh, C. & Roe, M. (2019). Developing Pedagogy and Course Design Skills in Novice Virtual School Teachers in Australia. Journal of Online Learning Research, 5(1), 5-22. Waynesville, NC USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved August 26, 2019 from .