Much-needed direction for navigating online professional development Although many educators are on the fast track to embracing online professional development (OPD), choosing the best solution is not as simple as pushing a button. OPD expert John D. RossÆs practical framework will guide you through asking the right questions and making sound development and purchasing decisions. The bookÆs process is founded on proven principles of professional learning and instructional design. You will benefit from othersÆ experience and expertise while efficiently charting a cost-effective course to success. This reader-friendly guide provides a path to answering these fundamental questions:Why do I need OPD? How much does it cost? How do I get started? What does high-quality online learning look like? What technologies are right for me? Did it work? Included are an OPD decision matrix, a step-by-step planning and implementation framework, ôbuyer bewareö guidelines, and real-life case studies from successful OPD providers. Whether you want to purchase or create OPD, this timesaving resource will help you understand your financial options and confidently chart your course to success.
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1. Why Online Professional Development?
|The OPD Framework|
|Asking the Right Questions|
|Why Online Professional Development|
|Caveat Emptor: Talking to Vendors|
|Determining Your Need for Online Professional Development|
|Take Action: Conduct a Needs Assessment and Create Your Vision|
2. How Much Does It Cost?
|Take Action: Determine Your Desired Outcomes|
|Measuring Your Outcomes|
|Ease of Use|
|Caveat Emptor: Supporting Your Outcomes|
|Economies of Scale|
|Take Action: Set Your Mission|
3. How Do I Get Started?
|Caveat Emptor: Facilitation Models|
|Caveat Emptor: Partnering for Success|
|Take Action: Gap Analysis to Describe Your Needs|
4. What Does Good Online Learning Look Like?
|Why Instructional Design?|
|Take Action: Instructional Design Considerations|
|Getting Your Hands Dirty|
|Take Action: Content Development Timeline|
|Using Media to Help (Or Hinder) Learning|
|Caveat Emptor: Evaluating Media in Online Content|
5. What Technologies Are Right for Me?
|A Word About Learning Objects|
|Presenting basic information via text and images|
|Demonstrating a process, sequence, or procedure|
|Hosting asynchronous interactions|
|Hosting synchronous interactions|
|Growing a learning community|
|Take Action: Exploring Technology Specifications|
|Infrastructure for online professional development|
|Caveat Emptor: Is Free Right for Me?|
|Caveat Emptor: Evaluating a Management System|
6. Putting it All Together
|Gathering all the pieces|
|Taking Care of Business|
|Take Action: What Online Facilitators Should Know and Be Able to Do|
|Putting the Pieces Together|
|Take Action: Putting all the Pieces Together|
7: Did it work?
|Is it better than face-to-face?|
|Measuring your outcomes|
|Take Action: Measuring Your Desired Outcomes|
|Was it worth it?|
|One story: The framework in action|
|Design, Deliver, Succeed!|
|References and Resources|