Profile Issues in Teachers` Professional Development
versão impressa ISSN 1657-0790
MOTALLEBZADEH, Khalil. Technology in Teacher Education: Developing Online Teacher Education Programs. profile [online]. 2005, n.6, pp. 171-176. ISSN 1657-0790.
Many ESL/EFL teachers in the Middle East and Central Asia find themselves isolated not only geographically but also professionally from ESL colleagues. They often teach at rural schools where, in some cases, they are the only ESL teachers in the school or even district. These teachers, unlike their counterparts in large urban settings and developed countries, have fewer avenues for obtaining advice, sharing experiences, or finding collegial support. To help such teachers (as well as many novice teachers or even teacher trainees), the most inexpensive and easy-to-do method seems to be to develop a professional online ESL network. This paper, which is part of a study conducted in Iran in 2002, discusses the major considerations and problems one may find developing an online program.
Palavras-chave : Information technology (IT); information communications technology (ICT); teacher education; theory of change; website; language teaching.