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Special Education Listserv

Subject: E-Learning/Courses for Educators/Research Findings in Support

Source: Leone Herring, Supervisor, Effective Practices

Intended Audience: Administrators, Special Education Directors, Special Education Instructors, Technology Directors, General Education Instructors

Date: April 5, 2010

The latest research findings for the e-Learning for Educators program have just been released.  The research was conducted by Boston College to assess the effects of the online professional development in: 1) improving teacher content knowledge, 2) improving instructional practice and, subsequently, 3) improving student academic achievement.

Findings demonstrate that the e-Learning for Educators courses and process can have a positive impact on teaching and learning, in that both teachers and students made statistically significant improvements, and suggesting evidence of some cause-and-effect change due to the online professional development and that improvements did not occur by chance.

To read a short overview of the results and access the entire research report click on the following link http://www.aptv.org/APTPLUS/ELearning/impact.asp

The following link will provide information about the eLearning for Educators program and the Missouri eLearning for Educators program specifically.  A link to the course catalog for Missouri eLearning for Educators is also located at this link.

http://dese.mo.gov/divspeced/EffectivePractices/elearning.htm.