In ideal world, inservice training... shouldn't be a one-shot deal should be ongoing should be cyclical should be practical
Many teachers dont want training. They want results. They want information on demand. They want specific solutions to specific problems on an as-needed basis. They want just what they have determined to be useful, just when they want it. What do teachers want?
Find out what teachers really want to know, and start from there.
Choosing topics: Do a needs assessment; survey Solicit suggestions via email Ask the curriculum supervisors for suggestions Each year: inventory of computer skills for new instructors The more flexible, the better
Increase teachers' comfort level by addressing personal needs: using a spreadsheet screen shots send attachments to email scan pictures and text
A big paradox: In-service training may be counter- productive if teachers are required to attend.
If they arent required to attend, some teachers may never acquire the desired skills.
In some cases, teachers can be paid to attend CALL workshops. (This may sweeten the situation.)
In advance: Describe what computer skills are needed in the session description.
Dont do all the workshops yourself. Outsiders have a special aura. other teachers other units on campus experts from nearby campuses graduate students visitors
Allow for individual learning styles: handouts self-paced tutorials: videotapes, CD-ROMs, Web
large groups pairs or small groups observing while others work Allow for individual learning styles: