Frequently Asked Questions for onlineIMPACT
Links on these websites will direct you to the online registration through Eventbrite. The workshops will be listed there and the registration takes just a few minutes. You will be asked to select a workshop, enter your name, email, phone number and address to register. You will also enter your payment information into the secure site.
Each workshop costs $50. Once you have begun the workshop, no refunds will be issued. If there is low enrollment in the workshop and the workshop is cancelled, you will receive a full refund of your registration fee.
Workshops consist of weekly “modules” designed to provide resources for participants to explore and work toward stated outcomes about a designated topic.
onlineIMPACT workshops are asynchronous, meaning that participants don’t have to be online at the same time. There is the expectation that participants will log into the workshop several times during each weeklong module. Throughout each module participants will engage with some resources, articles, blog posts, videos, and then participate in an activity related to those resources. Peer-to-peer collaboration is a very important part of the onlineIMPACT workshops and so timely completion of activities is expected. There are items that are “due” each week to ensure the work is manageable.
The number of professional development hours varies depending on the content and the length of the workshop. Workshops that have 5 modules typically provide 15 professional learning hours. Workshops that contain 9 modules typically provide 30 professional learning hours.
A day or two before the start date of the workshop, your facilitator will send you an introductory email. This email will provide information about how to log into the workshop and contact information for your facilitator. It will also provide logistical information about the workshop. Even though the registration site indicates the workshop will begin at 8 am on a given day, you can log on anytime after you receive the login information.
If you have not received an email from your facilitator by the start date of the workshop you can contact the program coordinator, Mary O’Brian at email@example.com
All types of educational professionals participate in onlineIMPACT workshops. Classroom teachers from all levels, music teachers, EL teachers, and others have participated in workshops. There is a limit of 20 professionals who can enroll in our any one workshop. This low number supports rich interactions between participants and between the facilitator and participants.The community of learners approach to professional learning is embedded in all workshops. Additionally, participants collaborate with schools located throughout the state. The differing perspectives of educators from different areas leads to rich dialogue about important topics.
Yes, participants need to have access to a reliable, high-speed internet connection to participate in onlineIMPACT workshops. Within the workshop, you will watch online videos, you may download documents or look at websites for information. You will also be required to post your work on the learning platform.
Most participants have reported that completing the requirements of each weekly module takes about 3 to 4 hours in total for a given week. This time can be any time that is convenient for you. You do not have to work for 3 or 4 hours in one sitting but can work an hour one day, half an hour another and so on.
The final activity for all onlineIMPACT workshops is an applied project. Depending on the topic of the workshop, you may design a lesson to implement mathematical practices, or design an action plan to implement technology tools into your instruction. All applied projects are directly linked to your classroom - you will use the information you have learned in the workshop in your teaching. These applied projects are evaluated on a pass/fail basis and criteria is explained at the beginning of the workshop.
Each onlineIMPACT workshop is facilitated by an experienced educator who has extensive knowledge of the topic. onlineIMPACT facilitators have had instruction on effective techniques for teaching online. Workshop facilitators use their deep knowledge and experience in the content as well as their knowledge and experience in online learning to provide an effective experience for participants.
The workshop topics are selected to be relevant to educators. onlineIMPACT offers workshops about the new standards in ELA, Mathematics, Science and Social Sciences. There are also workshops on EL strategies and technology tools.
You can find out about upcoming workshops through our listserv on onlineIMPACT or ISBE. You can also visit our website periodically throughout the year to check and see what workshops are being offered. You can also contact the program coordinator, Mary O’Brian at firstname.lastname@example.org to ask about upcoming workshops.
Yes! Workshops can be provided to districts for their educators to learn about the various topics that are offered. Providing an onlineIMPACT workshop through the district is a great way for educators to learn together and collaborate while implementing new practices. Professional learning communities (PLCs) are an integral part of the structure of onlineIMPACT workshops.