Teacher Professional Development for the Knowledge Society: The Intel® Teach Advanced Online Program

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Today’s global knowledge economy and its dynamics have placed an urgent demand on educational systems to innovate and on teachers to acquire new competencies in order to provide adequate to the changing world education. One of the challenges is how to prepare teachers to utilize effectively technology to teach the skills for participation and success in the knowledge society. A professional development program, Intel® Teach - Advanced Online, was designed and implemented specifically aiming to equip teachers with the necessary technical and methodological knowledge and skills to integrate technology in their classroom practice and to provide them with a platform to share their knowledge, experiences and ideas about educational materials. These goals are pursued through on-the-job training based on blended-learning design, learner-centred format, collaboration and web 2.0 tools. The impact of the training was assessed through external evaluation and the evidence revealed overall positive impact with strongest increase of the quality of technology integration for participants with lower media competencies and less experience in using information technology for teaching. Certain aspects of the training, and particularly the quality of collaboration and mentorship, had strong influence on teachers’ attitudes and practice. The program is part of a larger undertaking for improving teaching through technology - the Intel® Teach program, which encompasses a portfolio of teacher training courses implemented through public-private partnerships in over 50 countries worldwide.


Keywords: Teacher Professional Development, On-the-Job Training, Collaborative Learning, Technology Integration
Stream: Teacher Training and Professional Development
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: , , , Teacher Professional Development for the Knowledge Society,


Albena Todorova

Research Assistant, Psychology of Excellence in Business and Education
Department of Psychology, University of Munich (LMU)

Munich, Bavaria, Germany

Albena Todorova is a Research Assistant pursuing a doctorate degree at the Department of Psychology in the University of Munich (LMU), Germany. Her current research focuses on the teaching profession. Her main interest is the integration of information and communication technologies in education. Recently she worked on the topic of “Net-generation” and the impact of digital media on various aspects of young people’s development and learning, in relation with the New Millennium Learners project of OECD. Her involvement in Kaleidoscope – the European Network of Excellence for Technology-enhanced learning - and the TeLearn Open Archive, has given her the opportunity to collaborate with leading scholars in the field. A. Todorova has a background in Education and Psychology.

Thomas H. Osburg

Director Europe, Corporate Affairs Group, Intel Corp.
Feldkirchen/Munich, Bavaria, Germany

Thomas H. Osburg is Director Europe - Corporate Affairs for Intel Corp., responsible for the Strategic Design and Implementation of various CSR programs in European Countries. Education, Environment and Community Programs are the key pillar for Intel’s CSR activities. Within this scope, he and his team in various European countries are working closely with National Governments, Ministries of Education, NGO’s and the European Union. Prior to joining Intel in 2006, he was establishing a Higher Education Business Model for the Software Company Autodesk in Central Europe. Until 2005, Thomas H. Osburg was Director Education at Texas Instruments for the Pacific Markets.Thomas H. Osburg holds a Master degree in Economics and Business Administration from the University of Hannover (Germany). He is a regular Guest Lecturer at universities in Hannover, Bolzano (Italy), Ingolstadt and Ravensburg for topics around CSR and Education and contributes as individual to research projects at the Faculty for Economics and Business Management in Hannover.

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