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Thursday, January 10, 2008

Article - K-12 Online Teaching Endorsements: Are They Needed?

This showed up in my inbox via the January 10, 2008 edition of T.H.E. SmartClassroom.
K-12 Online Teaching Endorsements: Are They Needed?
By Patricia Deubel, Ph.D.

The nature of the 21st-century classroom is rapidly changing. Online education in K-12, also called virtual schooling, is growing at about 30 percent annually, according to the North American Council for Online Learning. With this rise comes an increase in demand for experienced teachers to teach online. But is any regular classroom teacher already qualified to teach online? Some might believe this. However, it is a myth.

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I haven't read it yet, but it seems to me the answer to the question asked in the title is yes. At least that would be based upon the need for the Teacher Education Goes Into Virtual Schooling initiative, the recent report by Kerry Rice and Lisa Dawley Going Virtual! The Status of Professional Development for K-12 Online Teachers and the North America Council for Online Learning report Professional Development for Virtual Schooling and Online Learning.

But what do you think, are they needed?

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