e-Learning for Educators: Effects of Online Professional Development on Teachers and their Students: Findings from Four Randomized Trials

Boston College (June 2010)

This report details the large-scale e-Learning for Educators study of the impact of online professional development on teachers’ content knowledge, instructional practices and student learning. This study shows significant impacts on teachers' content knowledge, instructional practices and student learning in both mathematics and English language arts (ELA) at the upper elementary and middle school levels. EDC’s EdTech Leaders Online (ETLO) developed the series of four online workshops (three 30-hour workshops in ELA and mathematics for upper elementary and middle school teachers) and prepared the online facilitators who delivered these workshops to teachers across project states.

E-Learning for Educators was a 10-state consortium funded by the U.S. Department of Education in 2005 and led by Alabama Public Television to develop state-wide online professional development programs in Alabama, Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. ETLO provided capacity building, online training, courses, and consulting to support this successful program which has, in the course of its four years, reached over 21,000 teachers with high quality online professional development in a range of subject areas and grade levels.