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Online Learning Professional Development Workshop. Walden University. By: Amy Ward. By the year 2024 nearly 80% of learning will evolve through Distant Education. T o On-Line Learning. Unlock your Future. Millions of learners are enrolled in on-line courses.

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Professional Development


Walden University

By: Amy Ward

By the year 2024 nearly 80% of learning will evolve through Distant Education.

To On-Line Learning

Unlock your Future

Millions of learners are enrolled in on-line courses.

Balancing work, education and family became a reality to many with higher education opportunities.

Thanks to developing technology the gateway to distant educational learning is now open to the world.

Future Holds Endless Opportunities

Then…. 1980’s

Now… 2011

Technology Innovations: Centralized Group Focus

Technology innovations have changed over the years of learning. New Technology changes with collaborative projects, student presentations and demonstrations to their peers as “network” advancements to centralize the unit of innovation to work effectively toward a common goal.

Virtual Learning for All Ages

Key Changes for School System

Technology Moving Forward 1991-2011

Blackboards – Whiteboards – Smartboards -- IPods – Laptop Computer –

Cellular Phones – Iphone – Wiki – Blogs – 3D Imagery – Cloud Computing

Reaching Critical Mass in Society

Making a Positive Social Change …

Key Attributes for Professional Development:

Rogers (2003)

Adopter Categories for Innovations


Early Adopters

Early Majority

Late Majority


Smart-Board Technology: Innovator


CEO David Martin

Co-Founder Smart Technologies

SMART Board: Adopters Use Technology Innovations



Obsession with Technology

Social Networking Friends

Financially Secure

Technology Driven

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Early Majority: Followers in Technology Innovation


Adopt New Ideas

Hold Positions

Interact with Friends

Leaders in System

Late Majority: Skeptics of Innovation

Consist 1/3 of the System

Economic Reasons

Skeptical Users

Peer Pressured to Try Innovation

Feel Safe before Adopting Innovation

Laggards: Last to Try Innovation


Minimal to No Leadership

Isolates in the System

Suspicious of Innovation

Extremely Cautious

S-Curve: Technology Innovation

Technology as advancements are made and new efforts for updates.

S-Curve: Technology- Growth/Time

The changing technology from discussion boards- smart-boards- interactive websites- distant learning

S-Curve: Breakdown of Technology

How does Technology Evolve Today for Future Learning…

Innovation Process for Smart-Boards

Initiation  Implementation

Rogers (2003) p. 421

5 Stages to the Innovation Process

Role of Champion: Charismatic Leader for Innovation

Powerful Individuals

Coordinate Action for Group

Finds Sustainability

Encourages & Motivates Other Members

Need for Innovation

Why Integrate Innovation?

  • Smart-board Innovation

  • Need for Future Change

Bored in Class

Interactive Learning

Innovative Learning is for everyone …

Are you ready to experience a new wayto learn?

It’s Your Turn to Choose…

Innovative Technology Holds …


Smart-Boards in Each Classroom

Ask them now..

Any questions?


New Horizons for Learning. (2005). Technology in education. Retrieved July 18, 2011,from http://www.newhorizons.org.

Roblyer, M.D. (2006). Integrating educational technology into teaching. (4th ed.). New Jersey: Pearson Education Inc.

Rogers, E. M. (2003). Diffusion of innovations (5th ed.). New York, NY: Free Press.

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