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Improving Student Learning in a Fully Online Teacher Leadership Program: A Design-Based Approach

Improving Student Learning in a Fully Online Teacher Leadership Program: A Design-Based Approach
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Author(s): Scott L. Day (University of Illinois Springfield, USA), Leonard Bogle (University of Illinois Springfield, USA), Karen Swan (University of Illinois Springfield, USA), Daniel Matthews (University of Illinois Springfield, USA) and Emily Boles (University of Illinois Springfield, USA)
Copyright: 2013
Pages: 24
Source title: Teacher Education Programs and Online Learning Tools: Innovations in Teacher Preparation
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Richard Hartshorne (University of Central Florida, USA), Tina L. Heafner (University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA) and Teresa Petty (University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-1906-7.ch021

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Abstract

This chapter describes how faculty in a fully online Master’s program in teacher leadership are using a design-based approach, grounded in theory and informed by data, to iteratively improve core courses and student learning from them. Specifically, the authors revised their courses to meet Quality Matters (QM) standards for online course design, and then made incremental and ongoing revisions focused on course implementation and based on student responses to the Community of Inquiry (CoI) survey. The first part of the chapter describes the online program in which course improvements are taking place, and the QM and CoI theoretical frameworks. In the main body of the chapter, specific course revisions are discussed and initial findings reported which show significant improvements in student outcomes as a result of these revisions. This section also describes the design-based approach the authors adopted and provides recommendations for others who might want to similarly improve individual courses or program offerings as a whole. The chapter closes with a brief discussion of directions for future research and conclusions, which highlight what the authors believe are the most important aspects of this work.

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