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A Survey of Professional Development via Distance Teaching and Learning

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Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in San Diego, CA, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-78-5 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA


In the last decade, distance learning has become an integral part of professional development. Unlike a traditional classroom, a virtual classroom is a teaching and learning environment located within a computer-mediated communication system. Distance learning enables the learner to be flexible with respect to time and distance and provides for individual adaptation of the domains of interest, pace, and academic level. Teaching online is different from teaching face-to-face and needs its own set of pedagogies. The literature review indicates that factors examined in distance learning studies refer to learner characteristics, such as extent of the learner's participation in the learning process, views and attitudes towards distance learning, academic achievements, and the effectiveness of technology usage. Characteristics and findings of various studies as well as teachers' role and professional development in an era of virtual classrooms are reviewed and analyzed.


Dori, Y.J., Herscovitz, O. & Kaberman, Z. (2010). A Survey of Professional Development via Distance Teaching and Learning. In D. Gibson & B. Dodge (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2010--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 412-419). San Diego, CA, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved March 21, 2019 from .


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