This professional development course offers an in-depth look at practical support for teachers and administrators involved in Distance Learning. In this course, participants will be presented with both easy-to-use examples of how to manage a distance learning class and examples of how to educate students from a distance. Participants will have an opportunity to plan distance learning activities that integrate online collaborative tools to engage students in different ways. Participants will also explore examples of familiar tasks and ideas that can be modified at a distance to ensure students learn. This course provides information to support teachers and administrators as they shift all or some of their instruction to distance learning.
Week 1: Student Orientation
Week 2: The Importance of Self-Care and Starting School Out Right
Week 3: At a Distance: Teacher-Student Relationships and Teacher Credibility
Week 4: Distance Learning and the Importance of Teacher Clarity
Week 5: Engaging Tasks in the Distance Classroom
Week 6: Distance Learning: Planning Instructional Units
Week 7: Feedback, Assessment, and Grading in the Distance Classroom
This is an intermediate level course for teachers, literacy coaches, curriculum specialists, professional development specialists, or other school personnel. Participants are expected to have regular access to computers with Internet access. In addition, participants should be proficient with browsing the Internet, uploading and downloading content, navigating to computer files, and with using word processing software, email, and attachments.
The Distance Learning Playbook: Grades K-12 by Douglas Fisher, Nancy Frey, and John Hattie is a required professional book for this class. An e-version is available for purchase at a reasonable price and is recommended for ease of delivery. All materials in this course are the property of the South Carolina Department of Education Office of VirtualSC PD. All course materials needed/required for the workshop, other than the book listed above, are available online.