This webinar is hosted in English
Building an Online Academic Graduate Program Resulting in a Sustainable Professional Community of Practice: A Model That Works by Dr. Christel Broady
Building an Online Academic Graduate Program Resulting in a Sustainable Professional Community of Practice: A Model That Works
In a time where online education becomes a cash-cow for many higher education institutions and where MOOCS can create a global cohort with limited personal connections, it is a challenge to create online programs that result in lasting human connections that surpass the time of the training. This issue can be particularly relevant for programs training teachers where it is important to consider the human aspect of learning and community. The field of teaching is per definition a human interest career driven by advocacy and care. Hence, it is important that teacher training models such dispositions.
Therefore, online teacher education programs need to be designed to provide teachers with authentic opportunities of connecting to each other and children in classrooms.
This presentation will discuss the case of a graduate teacher education program for ESL teachers purposefully designed with the human dimension in mind. The vehicle to create connections among participants and the profession in the field is the intentional use of social media in a way that transcends the time of training and creates a network of meaningful social and professional interaction in the field.
Come by and join us for a talk about the human connection in online education.
Dr. Broady is an associate professor of education at Georgetown College in the USA. She came to the United States in 1989 to attend college. Dr. Broady joined Georgetown College in 2001. She has been the program director of the ESL teacher endorsement program. She has been instrumental in ESL teacher and world language teacher training in Central Kentucky since 1999. Dr. Broady’s interests include advocacy, technology, and professional learning communities in the areas of ESL and World Languages. Dr. Broady is a committed life-long learner and enthusiastic technology user rooted in constructivism. She has been teaching online since 1991 and published and presented widely on technology and its role in the process of learning and teaching ESL. Dr. Broady believes that teaching is the greatest vocation on earth. As an educator she sees her role as that of coach empowering school personnel to meet all academic and social needs of immigrant and all student populations as well as their families and communities. To that end, advocacy for those without voice is one of her prime concerns along with preparing all students for a global 21st century.
Dr. Broady’s professional leadership includes regional, state, national, and global positions. Examples include president of and board member on the KYTESOL, steering board member of the TESOL Elementary Education IS (globally), TESOL International/NCATE USA ESL program reviewer, Chair of the TESOL International Elementary Education IS (globally), and multiple other positions. Dr. Broady believes that educators need to be professional leaders in order to present the latest in the discipline and shape what this status is.
Dr. Broady’s list of publications and presentations is extensive and includes regional, national, and international talks, teacher professional developments, and workshops. Among many other honors, she was chosen globally as an affiliate’s best presentation at TESOL International.
Professional honors Dr. Broady received over the past 20 years range from workplace service rewards at several institutions, professional recognitions, to multiple awards from KYTESOL and TESOL International, such as the TESOL International leadership award. Dr. Broady is proud of her several teaching and advising awards and nominations by student received at different institutions.