MVU launched the iEducator (iEd) program in 2015, bringing together higher education, local school districts, and MVU, to propel forward not only digital education, but face-to-face education as well. At its core, the iEd program is a two-year digital teaching assignment with MVU. Beyond that, the iEd program involves ongoing professional learning, mentoring, and digital instruction experiences.
In many ways, this is a novel professional development program for new online teachers which at times presents challenges for those involved; the novelty, however, also presents opportunities to build an ideal professional learning program, one that meets the immediate needs of MVU as well as prepares the iEds to serve as digital learning leaders in traditional schools after they complete their two-year teaching assignment.
This report, part one in a series, introduces and details the iEd program and includes reflections from the administrative and instructional design teams involved in the development of the program, as well as reflections and feedback from the iEds themselves.
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