2020 News Stories

FCIT launches free online course series to support K-12 teachers through virtual instruction

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TAMPA, Fla. (April 23, 2020) — The Florida Center for Instructional Technology (FCIT), in partnership with USF Corporate Training and Professional Education, has launched the first in a series of fully-online professional development courses to help support K-12 teachers in virtual teaching environments.
The first course, “Using Student Assistants During Online Instruction,” launched this week and explores techniques teachers can use to effectively leverage the support of student assistants in an online setting. Consisting of short sessions of approximately 30 minutes to one hour, the course is self-paced and can be completed at a time that fits best into teachers’ busy schedules.
Nate Wolkenhauer, assistant director for FCIT, said this course is the first of many free or low cost courses the center will launch to support K-12 teachers and their students. The vision for the project is to help educators better navigate online learning environments and empower them to effectively use strategies that work for themselves and their students.
“Our goal in creating these professional development offerings is to keep teachers in mind at every phase of development,” Wolkenhauer said. “As a teacher, I have sat through so many professional development sessions that are extremely time-consuming and attempt to cram in more information than possible in the time provided. Our courses are meant to make teachers experts in one specific skill as opposed to providing a little bit of information on a bunch of different, loosely connected strategies.”
Housed in the USF College of Education, the Florida Center for Instructional Technology provides professional learning, digital content, and technology integration evaluation services to schools and districts worldwide. The Center’s free resource websites average over two million hits per school day from nearly 200 countries and territories. FCIT hosts a variety of resources such as iTeach Professional Learning courses, the TIM Tools suite of technology integration evaluation tools and the College of Education’s iTeach Lounge.

For more information and to register for the course, visit USF Corporate Training and Professional Education’s website.

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