Panels and Discussions PAD507
How Do We Design Effective Online Professional Development That Meets The Needs Of Teachers and Other School Staff?
Date Friday, Dec 4 Time – Room
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is forcing educators around the world to adapt and innovate their practices. Policy makers face a key challenge in how to effectively prepare and support large numbers of school teachers to implement new teaching and learning approaches as quickly as possible. Teacher educators face a dual challenge: on the one hand they need to offer support to teachers in a quick and efficient way. On other hand, they need to shift their own practice to online or blended scenarios. The panel will discuss key findings from the School Education Gateway Teacher Academy and other European initiatives to support teacher educators and policy makers in the implementation of new and updated teacher professional development programmes organised online or in blended scenarios.
Senior Pedagogical Manager, European Schoolnet, Belgium
Benjamin Hertz is Senior Pedagogical Manager of the European Schoolnet Academy, the first European MOOC platform dedicated to school education professionals. He is also responsible for the Teacher Academy on the School Education Gateway, the European Commission’s website for the school education community. Benjamin has a background in educational technology with a particular focus on e-learning strategies for teacher professional development. He holds an MPhil degree in European Politics as well as a teacher qualification from the University of Oxford.
Senior Advisor, European Schoolnet, Belgium
Anne Gilleran has many years’ experience in education in various different roles including being a school principal and teacher trainer. She has extensive experience in Information Communication Technology in Education both at in practice and research. In 2001 Anne joined European Schoolnet as project coordinator of the European School Leaders Network (ESLN); coordinator of European Schoolnet’s Virtual School and the European Network of Innovative Schools (ENIS) networks. During this time Anne was involved in a number of educational research and development programmes concerned with emerging issues in education in Europe, coordinated by European Schoolnet; eWatch, VALNET and OASIS, which have brought her into direct contact with schools across Europe. 2005 saw the start of eTwinningand Anne joinedmin the position of Pedagogical Manager. Anne has published number of research papers on the topic of online communities; edited several books on eTwinning and research topics related to eTwinning.