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Online Professional Development for Delaware Educators

eLearning Delaware uses a Web-based model to provide effective professional development opportunities that lead to gains in teachers’ content knowledge, improvements in their teaching practices, and an increase in the achievement levels of their students.


eLearning Delaware is pleased to announce that online professional development along with the opportunity for K-12 students to participate in blended learning activities will be using the Schoology Learning Management System platform beginning in July 2015. As we transition from Blackboard Learn to Schoology for professional development, we will also be bringing on 23 districts/charters to use Schoology with almost 79,000 K-12 students! Currently, 8 districts of those 23 districts/charters are using Schoology, but each of those districts is expanding their use. Exciting times for blended learning and personalized learning in our K-12 schools.

Since Blackboard Learn will be shut down on June 30, eLearning Delaware will NOT be conducting a summer session of courses. The summer session was originally scheduled to run from mid-June to mid-August, but due to the timing of migrating from Blackboard Learn to Schoology, we are cancelling the summer session in it's usual format. Instead, for the summer, after July 1, eLearning Delaware will concentrate on offering professional development activities related to using Schoology for delivery of instruction in our K-12 classrooms.

The regular eLearning Delaware course offerings will begin again in Fall 2015. eLearning Delaware offers a variety of educator choice and mandatory trainings delivered online via a learning management system. The educator choice courses are offered during four (4), seven-week sessions: Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer. Courses during these sessions are facilitator-led with an orientation week followed by 6 weeks of content with each participant developing a final product, in most cases a lesson plan, from the lessons learned throughout the course. The courses are entirely online (no face-to-face sessions), but during each week, there are specific readings (text and in some cases, video), activities, and a discussion that need to be completed during that week. The "week" runs from Wednesday to Tuesday. The courses are designed to take 3-5 hours per week or 30 hours total to complete. Upon successful completion of the course, participants will receive a certificate (printable from PDMS) for 30 clock hours that can be applied toward the 90 hour re-licensure requirement.

The eLearning Delaware platform is also used to deliver a variety of mandatory training to the Delaware educational community, such as, Child Abuse Detection and Reporting Training and School Bullying Prevention Training and Criminal Youth Gang Detection Training. In Fall 2015, mandatory training will be offered using the Schoology Learning Management System.


Contact Information

For more information on how to become involved in eLearning Delaware, please contact Dr. Wayne Hartschuh at wayne.hartschuh@doe.k12.de.us or John McClenny at john.mcclenny@doe.k12.de.us.

 

 

 

Last Updated: 05/08/2014