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Lessons Learned, Innovative Practices, and Emerging Trends

by Chip Donohue and Selena Fox
March/April 2012
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In May 2011, at the World Forum on Early Care and Education in Honolulu, Hawaii, we celebrated 10 years of co-hosting eTeaching events for early childhood faculty and professional development providers. This gave us a wonderful opportunity to reflect on all we have learned with and from each other and from participants. We’ve had time to consider how the lessons learned and innovative practices shared have informed our work together and individually, in the United States and New Zealand, as we have designed, developed, and delivered online teacher education and professional development programs at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Erikson Institute in Chicago, and New Zealand Tertiary College.

Beginning in 2002 in Auckland, New Zealand, we have co-hosted eTeaching activities in conjunction with the World Forums in Acapulco, México, (2003); Montreal, Quebec, Canada (2005); Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2007); Belfast, Northern Ireland (2009); Honolulu, Hawaii (2011); and the Working Forum for Teacher Educators in Auckland, New Zealand (2008). Along the way we’ve learned with and from over 100 leaders and innovators in online teaching and learning from 29 countries who came together to share innovative practices and emerging trends in the use of technology for early childhood teacher education and professional development ...

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