Professional Development | FETC 2012 News

PBS TeacherLine To Launch Course on Virtual Teaching

FETC Resources
FETC Resource Center on THE Journal
FETC RSS Feed on
THE Journal
FETC App for Android
FETC App for Apple iPad and iPhone
FETC Main Site
FETC 2012 Conference Schedule
FETC 2012 Workshops
FETC 2012 Concurrent Sessions
FETC 2012 Featured Speakers

PBS TeacherLine next month will launch a six-week course designed to introduce teachers to the "critical knowledge, strategies, and techniques to support student achievement in an online learning environment."

PBS TeacherLine is an online resource that offers professional development services and other resources for teachers in preK-12 and higher education. Those include a collaborative professional learning community, more than 80 online courses for teachers, and resources for instructional coaches.

The new course, TECH570: Fundamentals of Virtual K-12 Teaching," was unveiled at the FETC 2012 National Conference taking place in Orlando, FL. In the project-based course, a facilitator will guide teachers through topics like assessment strategies, working with students virtually, and building communities. According to PBS, the course aligns to online teaching-related standards set by iNacol, the NEA in its Guide to Teaching Online Courses, the Southern Regional Education Board.

"As millions of families opt for the flexibility and convenience of virtual learning, teachers are faced with the challenge of adapting their instruction to the dynamics of online teaching," said Rob Lippincott, senior vice president of education for PBS, in a prepared statement. "The 'Fundamentals of Virtual K-12 Teaching' course gives educators an eLearning Toolbox and allows them to practice the skills needed to support student achievement in the online environment."

TECH570: Fundamentals of Virtual K-12 Teaching will launch Feb. 29. The course runs 45 hours and costs $525. Additional details are available on the PBS TeacherLine site.

About the Author

David Nagel is the executive producer for 1105 Media's online K-12 and higher education publications and electronic newsletters. He can be reached at dnagel@1105media.com. He can now be followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/THEJournalDave (K-12) or http://twitter.com/CampusTechDave (higher education). You can also connect with him on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=10390192.

comments powered by Disqus

White Papers:

  • Make a Difference. No Compromise. PDF screen shot

    Printing solutions have become complicated. With new options and technology, such as MFP or CLOUD services, it is making short and long term printing decisions much more complicated. Read this whitepaper to learn about available printing solutions that offer low acquisition costs, low energy consumption and speedy print production. Read more...