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

By Albena Todorova and Thomas H. Osburg.

Published by The Learner Collection

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The age of knowledge-based economy and classrooms of “digital native” students has raised the expectations toward teachers not only to possess technical and didactical skills to integrate technology into their lessons, but also to constantly update their competencies to keep up with the rapidly advancing technology innovations in 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. The impact of the training was assessed through external evaluation and according to teachers’ self-assessment the program improved their competencies for technology integration and for collaboration, their teaching practice and quality, as well as students’ motivation and skills. 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, Sustainability, Blended Learning, Online Platform

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 16, Issue 11, pp.73-82. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.619MB).

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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