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Supporting Deep Change with an Immersive Online Course

In Teacher Learning in the Digital Age: Online Professional Development in STEM Education, which examines models of online and blended teacher professional development, the chapter authored by Strategic Literacy Initiative leaders describes an online course they designed to support high school science teachers increase student comprehension of science texts. The chapter outlines the design and goals of the year-long inquiry-based course, iRAISE, including a discussion of the benefits of synchronous online learning for developing a strong community of learning with the power to transform classroom practice. It also includes discussion of the learning design principles used and decisions made in the process of “translating” a proven face-to-face professional learning experience into an online learning experience.

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AUTHORS
Ruth Schoenbach, Cynthia Greenleaf, Willard Brown, Heather Howlett
Teacher Learning in the Digital Age: Online Professional Development in STEM Education, edited by Chris Dede, Arthur Eisenkraft, Kim Frumin, Alex Hartley
$34.00, 296 pages, Harvard Education Press, 2016

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“…I can actually do the stuff they’re asking me to do in my class right now, instead of waiting six weeks later when I am back in school. So that is a positive to the iRAISE program. I have kids right now, I can do it, and I can try it.”

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