ISTE's Guide to Outstanding Online PD

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Participate and share : Interactive lecture

Liz Lee  
Hosted by ISTE Professional Development. As we’ve shifted to do our jobs as educators in remote and blended settings, we’ve also needed to shift the ways we learn as professionals. Online professional development can be a great opportunity to grow educators’ skills, knowledge and confidence – if it’s done right! Join this session to hear from the team at ISTE behind ISTE U, our hub of online courses on essential topics for educators. We’ll share our 5-step guide to designing and developing best-in-class online professional development experiences. Many of the same strategies will work for designing online learning experiences for students, too!

Audience: Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Topic: Professional learning
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Stay current with research that supports improved student learning outcomes, including findings from the learning sciences.
  • Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.
  • Explore and apply instructional design principles to create innovative digital learning environments that engage and support learning.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The purpose of this session is to explore the value of and best practices for designing online professional development courses. By participating in this session, participants will learn, explore and practice a 5-step system to conceptualize, design and develop high-quality online PD.


(5 min) ISTE U overview
(15 min) ISTE’s 5 step guide to outstanding online PD
(10 min) Design in action: explore an ISTE U course
(15 min) Try it out: apply one or more of the design steps in an interactive exercise

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Liz Lee, ISTE

Liz Lee is the Director of Online Learning at ISTE. She leads ISTE U, ISTE’s online professional learning initiative, to help educators build the confidence, tools and strategies to accelerate innovation in their schools through a variety of online courses. Liz has an EdM in Technology, Innovation, and Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education and a BA in anthropology from the University of Virginia. She is passionate about transforming K-12 education through technology to promote student equity and success.

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