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Design, Deliver, Succeed!

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June 2011 | 208 pages | Corwin
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.
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
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

 
Conclusion

 
 
2. How Much Does It Cost?
Outcomes

 
Take Action: Determine Your Desired Outcomes

 
Measuring Your Outcomes

 
Support

 
Security

 
Required Technology

 
Ease of Use

 
Risk

 
Caveat Emptor: Supporting Your Outcomes

 
Economies of Scale

 
Conclusion

 
Take Action: Set Your Mission

 
 
3. How Do I Get Started?
Take Inventory

 
Caveat Emptor: Facilitation Models

 
Caveat Emptor: Partnering for Success

 
Conclusion

 
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

 
Conclusion

 
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

 
Monitor learning

 
Take Action: Exploring Technology Specifications

 
Infrastructure for online professional development

 
Caveat Emptor: Is Free Right for Me?

 
Conclusion

 
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

 
Celebration

 
 
7: Did it work?
Formative evaluation

 
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

 
 
References
 
Index

Supplements

"The practical applications offered in this book provide valuable resources for developing online professional development that is firmly grounded in best practices of e-learning. Ross provides solutions on how to transform your training program into digitally rich experiences that will engage, enrich, and enhance learning."

Jill Montoya, Online Professional Development Coordinator
Jefferson County Public Schools, Golden, CO

"A really helpful tool to keep up with the exploding online environment for professional development."

Barbara Frank, Senior Policy Analyst
National Education Association Academy, Washington, DC

"Too often, new technologies take center stage without a real focus on what our learning outcomes will be or how the technology will be implemented. What I appreciated about this book is that it very methodically laid out a plan that could be easily utilized by school districts interested in online professional learning. The templates and the questions are easily transferable to any team or process."

Catherine Huber, Principal
West Seneca CSD, NY

"In this well-written, easy-to-digest resource, John Ross draws on his years of experience to help educators consider why an online approach might be the answer to their professional development needs.  He carefully outlines the technical questions and processes needed to support a successful effort."

John Bell, Leadership and Evaluation Coordinator
Alabama State Department of Education, Montgomery, AL

"John Ross provides real-life examples and resources that will ensure online professional learning produces changes in educator practice and student learning."

Joellen Killion, Deputy Executive Director
Learning Forward, Arvada, CO

"John Ross provides a timely and unique look at online learning in this ground-breaking book. His thorough, practical, and state-of-the-art approach to online learning is critical to the future of online professional development."

James Herman, Director of K-12 Reading and Language Arts
Tennessee Department of Education, Nashville, TN

"This book explores why online professional development is a good option, how to get started, which technologies to use and how to put it all together. Experiences of other educators in the book allow the reader to benefit and create a cost-effective path to success."

Charlotte Adinolfi
District Administration magazine, July/August 2011

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Preface

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