2020 News Stories

David C. Anchin Center launches free professional development series to help educators teach online

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TAMPA, Fla. (May 4, 2020) — Teaching online demands new approaches to facilitate learning, and the David C. Anchin Center for the Advancement of Teaching has launched a new series of online professional development courses to help K-12 teachers learn best practices for effectively teaching online.
With millions of educators forced to rapidly move courses online due to the coronavirus pandemic, this course will help K-12 teachers sharpen their skills with hands-on activities and discussions centered on current best practices in distance learning. Offered free-of-charge and in an online, asynchronous format, the course will allow participants to engage in class activities throughout the week at their own pace.
“Educators at every level are relentlessly working to keep students progressing in their learning journeys,” said James Hatten, PhD, a faculty member in USF’s instructional technology program and the instructor for the course. “What many realize now is online and distance teaching is much more complicated than just managing online systems, utilizing technology tools and posting assignments. Effective online teaching requires special pedagogical skills and practices. This professional development course will introduce them to some of the key concepts to help them be more successful."
Participants can register for one of two sessions, taking place June 15-29 and July 6-17. Those who complete at least 80 percent of the course’s activities and regularly check-in during both weeks of the session will receive a certificate of completion.

For more information and to register, please visit the Anchin Center's website.

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About the David C. Anchin Center for the Advancement of Teaching: 
The mission of the David C. Anchin Center for the Advancement of Teaching Center is to collaborate with teachers, school leaders, districts and other educators to improve the quality of education for students and to transform the teaching profession to attract, retain, and develop quality educators. We achieve this mission through partnerships with schools, the broader educational community, business and industry, and the community at large. The Anchin Center is located in the College of Education at the University of South Florida.