I am woefully behind on answering #maet questions! I finally had a moment to catch up and respond to @RyanMillerCISD ‘s inquiry:
I am sitting on all of these video tutorials and training resources I have created and am wondering how I can gather some useful data from those that utilize them. I sense an Action Research Project unfolding! The big question is how can I gather pertinent data from the use of my resources and what impact the resources have on:
1. New Staff Training
2. Improved proficiency
3. Preferred learning styles
I feel like there is the enormous hole in the universe when it comes to quality research on effective Professional Development… maybe that is just my perception, but this is where I thought you might be able to point me in the direction of what is happening on the PD research front.
The direction I am heading is housing all of my resources in Moodle courses where the staff members we serve can access them and participate in on-going “courses.” Moodle gives me the advantage of tying individual resources/topics with discussion forums, surveys, etc – and I feel this might be my best shot at gathering useful data while providing the best possible learning environment.
A good place to start is existing research and then modeling your work after that, adding your own special twist. The TPACK Reference Library is a good place to begin your explorations: http://tpck.org/tpck/index.php?title=Reference_Library
The following recent articles could be helpful to your situation:
Lee, M. H. & Tsai, C. C. (2010). Exploring teachers’ perceived self-efficacy and technological pedagogical content knowledge with respect to educational use of the World Wide Web. Instructional Science, 38(1), 1-21. Retrieved from http://www.springerlink.com/content/d510480505435104/
Jamieson-Proctor, R., Finger, G. & Albion, P. (2010, April). Auditing the TPACK capabilities of final year teacher education students: Are they ready for the 21st century? Paper presented at the Australian Computers in Education Conference 2010, Melbourne, Australia. Retrieved from http://acec2010.info/proposal/248/auditing-tpck-capabilities-final-year-teacher-education-students-are-they-ready-21st
Another excellent resource surrounding professional development is the POD Network – http://www.podnetwork.org – even though it is higher ed, it is focused on professional development in educational settings which you can transfer to K12.
Once you explore these resources and start to envision a project, post your thoughts and we’ll help you shape things up — there’s a whole #maet #edtech twitterverse and blogosphere here to support you!