Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum

Teacher professional development and classroom resources across the curriculum

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Workshops and Courses
Course components

Q. Which components do I have to use for the professional development?
A. The workshop or course guide (downloadable from the course web site) provides a script for taking or running a professional development workshop or course. Workshop or course sessions include watching the video, holding a discussion and completing various activities and assignments. Individuals working alone can hold discussions with colleagues or on-line through the Teacher talk listserv for the course. Check the guide or Web site for specifics on individual courses.

Q. Where do I find the course readings?
A. You can find most readings that you must complete to earn credit for the course or workshop within each unit. The quickest way to find all of them is through the course site map. They might be listed as separate pdf files, or located within the workshop or course guide. In a few instances, you will need to access the reading at your local library.

Technical issues for Video on Demand

Q. How I can make the video image from the stream large enough so I can watch it with a group?
A. The stream can be projected from a computer. You'll find, however, that the picture is not as sharp as it is on your desktop. If you find you need a higher quality image, you can purchase DVD copies of all series, which will project at much higher resolution.

Q. How can I stop the stream, move ahead, or go back?
A. You can move the slider back and forth to get to different parts of the video. It may take several seconds for the stream to load, depending on the speed of your connection and the Web traffic in your local area.

Note: For more information on broadband streaming, view our broadband FAQ

Course or Workshop Web Site

Q. Why don't all courses have Web sites?
A. Annenberg Learner began creating Web sites as accompaniment to video series in 1997. Earlier series did not have an accompanying web site. (The Web site to accompany Discovering Psychology was created later when the series was updated.) Many of the early Web sites contained the online guide to accompany the videos and not much more. But sophistication of the Web sites grew over time--with online texts, background on the content, and interactive features.

Q. How do I navigate through the course web sites?
A. Each course or workshop web site is slightly different. For tips on how to navigate the site, look under "About This Site," "About This Course," or "About This Workshop" link from the home page.

Q. Where do I find VODs on the site?
A. You should find a link to the video either on the course or workshop site home page or on the site unit pages,. If you cannot find this link, return to the home page and type the name of the series into the search box, or select it from the tabbed discipline menus. Choose the series you want and you will land on an overview page. Scroll down to program descriptions with VOD icons to the right. Click on the VOD icon to open the video you want.

Graduate Credit

Q. How do I register to take a course for graduate credit?
A. To register for credit, please click on the course in which you are interested. This will bring you to the registration process of Colorado State University Online Plus. Tuition is currently $196 for 2 credit courses and $294 for 3 credit courses, plus a $20 technology fee per semester. You can call us toll free at 1-877-491-4336 with any questions.

Q. What do I do once I have registered through CSU? Will I be contacted by a faculty member?
A. Students will receive an e-mail confirmation from CSU regarding their registration but they will not receive any other notification about beginning the course. It is the student's responsibility to print support materials (guides) and view the series in enough time to finish coursework and submit it by the due date. Once registered for CSU credit, the student should begin viewing the series immediately by selecting the course registered for. In addition, the student should print the course requirements and support materials (workshop or course guide) by locating their course at the following site. Scroll (down the page) and follow the links to the course (choose support materials) and the course requirements link under the appropriate discipline section (e.g. Educational Theory and Issues, Math, etc.).

Q. How long do I have to complete a course for graduate credit?
A. Check the deadline graph for registration deadlines. You can work through the materials and view the video before registering, but once you register, you must submit final materials within six months at the latest or by the noted semester deadline in order to access the credit or a transcript at semester's end. No refunds will be given for withdrawals or incomplete grades.

Q. How many courses can I take during one semester?
A. Because each graduate level credit represents 15 class hours plus homework time, you are limited to 5 credit hours per semester. This equates to two two-credit courses or one three-credit and one two-credit course.

Q. What does it cost to take a course?
A. There is no charge to work through the course materials on your own. You can access them at no charge at www.learner.org. If you want to earn graduate credit through Colorado State University, there is a moderate cost for tuition and fees (less than $100 per credit).

Professional Development

Q. How do I get my local district to approve the workshop or course I want to take for professional development credit?
A. States and school districts have their own criteria for accrediting self directed professional development, so check with the local entity. For Annenberg Learner workshops and courses, you can note that they are developed by academic experts and that they are eligible for graduate credit through Colorado State University. For specifics about content, please check the course or workshop guide found on the accompanying Web site.

The attached professional development hours grid shows recommended hours for completing full workshops and courses.

Local broadcasts

Q. How do I locate a particular program I saw on my local channel?
A. Check with your local station.

Q. How do I find out when one of your programs is on my local channel?
A. Check with your local station.


If you have further questions please send an email to info@learner.org.




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