ISTE Presentation from 2019:
Online Video for “Just In Time” Teacher Learning
The Utah Education Network has created a series of online video stories called UEN PDTV. Learn about the process for creating, developing and producing a web series like UEN PDTV to provide high-quality online professional development to educators.
ISTE Criteria Addressed & Rationale
4 – Learner: Report changes made to teaching practice based on timely, research-based best practices.
The UEN Professional Development team created an online webinar every Wednesday afternoon called “Faculty Lounge” in order to share tips and tricks for using instructional technology tools. From 2011-2014 it enjoyed a substantial run and strong viewer base, but then numbers began to drop. In the process of researching the data collected by view counts, we noticed that even though there were fewer live viewers, we still had a significant amount of views of archived videos. (Timestamp 2:11)
Research shared in the LBDL program, acquired through ISTE Forums and Discussions, and our own teacher feedback, we quickly learned that online professional development held at specific times did not meet the needs our our learning community.
This information aligned with the research we found about Effective Teacher Professional Development published by the Learning Policy Institute in May of 2017, proved to us that a collection of professionally produced video modeling good teaching and specifically good teaching with tech would be more effective than webinars produced a specific time and day.
Therefore, we adjusted our programming structure from a live webinars to a pre-recorded episodes. This change in format led to a substantial increase in the overall number of viewers and “UEN PDTV was born!”
24 – Analyst: Use assessment data to inform and guide instruction based on individual student needs
Now that our online video library is growing, we also want to insure that teachers know when new content is made available. Through the use of social media and the tool “Buffer”, we have found that the best time to release a video online is Tuesday at about 10:00 AM. Although this data isn’t from an assessment in the true classroom sense, it is a data specific formative and summative assessment of how our instructional content is used by educators. Using this real time data we are then able to most effectively share content to our educators in Utah and provide easy access to what they need when they need it. (Timestamp 14:37)