Expanding Online Professional Learning Opportunities

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Transforming Teaching in a Virtual Environment 

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Description: This asynchronous class is designed to prepare Maryland educators to facilitate virtual blended learning courses for students. Participants will identify best practices, resources, and strategies to help design virtual blended classrooms for success. Opportunities to brainstorm and share with colleagues will be included. Throughout the course, specific focus will be provided to support students with limited connectivity, students with learning differences, and other unique needs. These strategies will support virtual learning in blended classrooms. Course includes collaborative activities, discussions, and additional assignments including developing an action plan for a virtual blended classroom. This course will also assist teachers as they develop an understanding of how to blend the elements of synchronous and asynchronous instruction to create engaging and supportive remote learning environments for students. 

Online Teaching in Maryland (OTM)

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This three credit course is offered through the MSDE Online Professional Learning program.

Description: This newly updated online course prepares participants to facilitate online courses for students and other educators. Readings, hands-on activities, asynchronous and synchronous discussions, role-playing  activities, and other activities support learning the pedagogy behind successful online learning, teaching, and assessment. Practice in the course's "Sandbox" helps participants apply their knowledge and utilize the course features of their own system's Learning Management System.

PL for Remote Teaching Portal

Earn Credits While You Learn (Always Available)

The PL for Remote Teaching Portal offers professional learning opportunities that have been contributed by Maryland's local school systems, individual educators, and quality educational organizations. The Portal contains links to over 60 webinars/ courses/activities covering areas ranging from effective instructional development to communication, accommodations, accessibility, assessments, and more.

Using the Professional Learning Program for Maryland Educators, in conjunction with the portal, will allow educators to track their hourly commitments.  Eventually, subject to Local School System participation, these points can be converted into Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits.