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9/21 Signe Schack Noesgaard - Can Online Professional Development Transform Teaching?


Signe Schack Noesgaard

September 21, 2015



Signe Schack Noesgaard is a PhD student at Aalborg University, Denmark. She has been at the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University since May 2015 as part of her PhD studies within IT and Learning Design. She holds a Masters in Adult Education from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark and has more than 10 years of experience with corporate online training. She is currently working for a non-profit foundation, The KATA Foundation, dedicated to supporting K-9 science teachers through online professional development. In her PhD research, Signe aims to understand the complexity of changing teaching through online professional development. She lives with her husband and their three children on Stanford Campus.   

The use of online courses for teacher professional development has increased tremendously within recent years. Today’s online courses give us access to knowledge and flexibility in learning in ways we could not have imagined just a decade ago. In this session, we will ponder online professional development as a means to transform teaching. To what extent can it facilitate transformative learning experiences?  When do online courses add value and when do we need to acknowledge their limitations? The discussion will be informed by a longitudinal study of Danish science teachers, research on adult learning, and the experience and knowledge that the participants bring to the table.

CSET Speaker Series: Pondering Excellence in Teaching