Using the new information and communication technologies for the continuing professional development of teachers through open and distance learning

Sólveig Jakobsdóttir, L McKeown, D Hoven

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We live in a time of rapid and profound change during which both needs and
opportunities for professional development keep growing as teachers strive to
become lifelong learners. In this chapter, the authors explore how continuing
education through open and distance learning (ODL) has evolved for the teaching
profession with the use of information and communication technology (ICT).1
The new ICTs are then discussed and how their uses can be theoretically based,
and the use of 3D virtual worlds such as Second LifeTM is examined. A framework
for professional development is introduced and two cases of development using
the new ICTs and ODL are presented. Problems and challenges are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTeacher education through open and distance learning
PublisherCommonwealth of Learning
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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