Virtual School Meanderings

October 18, 2016

AECT 2016 – Preparing Successful K-12 Online Teachers

This is the second session that I am blogging from the Association for Educational Technology and Communications 2016 annual convention.

Preparing Successful K-12 Online Teachers

  • In Event: DDL – Preparing K12 Teachers for Online Instruction

Tue, Oct 18, 2:15 to 3:15pm, Conf Ctr, Pavilion 9

Short Description

In this panel discussion, discussants will share their perspectives on the topics of: (1) current trends in K-12 online and blended learning, (2) improving success and performance of K-12 students and preservice/inservice teachers, and (3) creating leaders in K-12 online learning and teaching. Diverging and converging perspectives will be explored, including foci on state and national issues and cyber charter schools. Audience participation will be encouraged throughout.


  • Matthew Schmidt, University of Cincinnati
  • Jered Borup, George Mason University
  • Michelle Moore, University of North Texas
  • Kim C. Huett, University of West Georgia

The session began with quick introductions and backgrounds for each of the panelists.  The facilitator (i.e., Matt) then moved to some of the leading questions, some of which included (I say some because he skipped a bunch based on the conversation):

  • Who are the students of “online learning?” Why do they pursue fully online courses (whether supplementary or full-time)?
  • How are teachers professionally developed to teach online (and blended) now? (And should we split up the online/blended designations, as they are very different)?
  • what should be done to prepare in-service teachers to teach in online and blended environments?
  • What is the role of the state departments of education in this conversation?
  • What should online professional development look like, include field experience?

It was a different session in that because many of the folks in the audience were scholars of K-12 online and blended learning, so often times the panelists tossed questions or comments out to those of us sitting in the audience.  And, to be honest, a session that it was really difficult to take notes in because the conversation did kind of meander all over the place.

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