Or are you an online teacher interested in the latest technology to make your online courses more effective? For example, some online schools offer free training modules to help campus-based teachers learn how to transition to cyber-classrooms. Michigan State University’s Virtual University Design and Technology website offers text-based lessons in topics including pedagogy and best practices, online course content, enlivening techniques, course structure and design, and hybrid courses. The Learning to Teach Online project has been developed by COFA Online, an academic unit at the College of Fine Arts, the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.
This University of Pittsburgh videocast discusses online course planning and design, interaction, giving students feedback, assessment, getting feedback from students, and new technologies.
Originally developed for Texas Woman's University, this course includes modules showing how to design a course, along with explanations of best practices for distance education. Also from Texas Woman's University, this course gives tips to help you successfully create the navigation, layout, colors and design of your course content. This step-by-step video resource shows teachers how to use technological tools such as Blackboard, wikis, online surveys, podcasting and more. Seven Pace University online instructors give their best advice about being an effective online educator. MERLOT provides a large, peer-reviewed collection of online curricula and other resources, as well as forums and publications aimed at online educators. Talk to staff about their own CPD needs, encourage them to undertake CPD and make sure that provision isn’t too generic. Understand the cycle of whole-school development planning and how effective CPD might help move your school forward. Have a keen eye on the bigger and longer-term pictures – who are the stars in your school? In September, let your NQTs know about CPD and ensure they understand and are aware of any CPD requirements during their induction year. Be sure to monitor and evaluate all CPD undertaken and ask staff to feedback to the relevant people – quality control is important and CPD cash should be spent wisely, appropriately and within budget.
Communicate with staff – ensure equal access to CPD and make yourself available to discuss all CPD matters with them.

Make sure your governing body is aware of the ways in which CPD benefits the school and try to keep evidence of this. All About Educational provides a wide range of training and support services for pupils, teachers, middle and senior leaders in schools and academies in the UK and world-wide.
MSU Extended University’s summer online courses for science teachers are now open for enrollment. Bobcat Bulletin is a weekly e-newsletter designed to bring the most recent and relevant news about Montana State University directly to friends and neighbors via email. MSU Today e-mail brings you news and events on campus thrice weekly during the academic year. Montana State University’s online graduate courses for science teachers are now open for summer 2016 registration.
The courses, part of MSU Extended University’s National Teachers Enhancement Network, start at various dates in May and June, with the earliest beginning May 23. Summer 2016 courses include 12 offerings in biology, earth sciences, education, physics, math, microbiology and environmental science. Several popular courses are returning, including the physics of renewable energy, environmental microbiology and understanding climate change. Extended University’s NTEN program has reached more than 20,000 science teachers in its 22-year history. MINISTER of Education Ronald Thwaites is encouraging teachers to make use of online programmes in upgrading their skills. He said that while the Government is in full support of professional development, it could not afford the cost of having teachers on extended study leave. He was addressing a scholarship award ceremony for Spanish language teachers held on February 20 at the Caenwood Education Centre in Kingston.
According to Thwaites, the Government owes many schools over $1 billion to pay temporary instructors while the regular teachers are on study leave. Fifty full scholarships, valued at $237,500, were awarded to Jamaican teachers of Spanish by the Embassy of Spain and the Spanish-Jamaican Foundation. The award of $4, 750 each will enable the teachers to participate in a one-year Virtual Spanish Classroom (Aula Virtual de Español) programme, and each will receive internationally accredited certification upon completion.

Go to iTunes U's Pace University page and select "Faculty Contributions" to access these videos. Search the MERLOT database for “distance learning” to find links to material to help you plan and design effective online classes. The consortium’s Effective Practices site is a way for online educators to share techniques, strategies, and practices in online education that have worked for them. In order to move your setting forward in line with strategic objectives, you must develop your staff so they do their job effectively. Look at where you are in your cycle and identify how CPD links in with the current objectives for school improvement. Help your staff to plan and record their own CPD needs and link it to their appraisal targets. As much as you can, link the training to the school development plan and whatever whole-school targets appear in appraisal for all staff. Participants can take courses for professional development or start working toward a 12-credit graduate certificate or a master’s degree. Please understand that comments are moderated and it is not always possible to publish all that have been submitted. The video- and PDF-based episodes each examine specific successful online teaching strategies from many different disciplines, offering tips, guidance and pointing out the potential pitfalls to both novice and experienced online teachers.
Some comments may be republished on the website or in the newspaper – email addresses will not be published. Some staff are uneasy about participation in continuing professional development so there is also an element of challenge in your role.
Essentially you’ve got to know your staff, their strengths and areas for development and encourage them to develop.
Training which has a meaningful impact on staff will inevitably do the same for the children and that’s good CPD.

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