- Workshop 1: Q-Methodology as a Technology Infusion Assessment Process
- Workshop 2: Virtual Teaching and Learning Best Practices
Workshop 1: Q-Methodology as a Technology Infusion Assessment Process
Abstract: Q methodology is one approach to examine teacher education faculty perceptions of how technology can influence learning, faculty confidence in preparing candidates to use technology, program design for technology integration, and leadership support for faculty and candidate development. The workshop will provide a history and purpose of Q methodology; introduction to factors & factor analysis; constructing a Q set; conducting a Q sort; and data analysis. During the workshop, you will see how participants load onto factors related to institutional challenges, development of programs, and faculty confidence issues. Lastly, concept of consensus items about program design for technology infusion, the need for intentional curriculum design, fieldwork, and assessment to prepare candidates for technology use will be connected to Q methodology research.
Objectives: The ability to accurately determine how well technology is infused across teacher education programs remains challenging. The main objective of this workshop is to present a process for teacher educators supporting technology infusion to assess technology use. Participants will learn about Q-methodology as a research approach to understand more about teacher educator perceptions of technology infusion. The workshop will provide research tools, process guidance, and invitations to participate
Presenters: David Rutledge, New Mexico State University; Jon Clausen, Ball State University; Arlene Borthwick, National Louis University; Brandy Walker, J.W. Fanning Institute University of Georgia
Workshop 2: Virtual Teaching and Learning Best Practices
Abstract: Virtual Learning and Teaching Best Practices will explore planning and implementing virtual learning, communicating with parents and students using virtual tools, and other essential practices for online learning. This workshop is divided into five modules: Introduction and Terminology, Instructional Delivery, Curriculum and Instructional Resources, Student Progress, and Student and Family Support. Module One will provide background information and workshop agenda. In Module Two, participants will focus on lesson planning, setting up a digital classroom, and recording instructional videos. In Module 3, we will discuss digital resources to support virtual teaching and learning, student data privacy, and vetting online tools. Resources and best practices for formative assessment, small group virtual instruction, and online communication will be the focus of Module 4. Finally, Module Five looks at best practices for communicating with parents. Participants will be provided with time to collaborate with one another and interact with the tools and strategies covered in the workshop.
- Provide an overview of the terminology and research related to virtual teaching and Learning;
- Offer best practices for planning and delivering virtual instruction;
- Establish guidelines for selecting digital resources;
- Demonstrate multiple methods for formative assessment, small group instruction, and online communication;
- Recommend methods of communication with student and parents while teaching virtual
Prerequisites: This workshop is intended for course instructors who teach blended, hybrid, and/or online courses at the K-20 level and are intermediate to advanced users of educational technologies.
Presenters: Michelle Starcher, University of North Texas
Michelle Starcher is the District Training Specialist for the Educational Technology Department in Fort Worth ISD. Michelle has served in K-12 education for over twenty-years with experience as an elementary teacher, curriculum writer, librarian, and technology coach. Over the last two years, Michelle has led the e-learning team in the development, implementation, and evaluation of professional development eCourses for over 5,000 teachers and administrators. In addition to Michelle’s work in FWISD, she is currently working on a PhD in Learning Technologies. Research interests include personalized instruction, online teaching and learning, professional development, digital learning leadership, and school transformation. Michelle has previously presented information related to online instruction and technology integration at state and local conferences.