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An Internet Hypermedia Course for Professional Development

assessing one and all: an internet hypermedia course for professional developmentThis project will evaluate a hypermedia distance education initiative to enhance educators' decisions regarding the participation of children with disabilities in assessments, and to apply their enhanced decisionmaking to children's Individualized Education Plans (IEPs). The initiative promotes situated, social, and distributed knowledge (Putnam & Borko, 2000) via internet-based hypermedia modules, virtual and physical discourse communities, case-based learning, and traditional media. Learning content is grouped into three modules: (1) principles, polices, and practices of educational assessment, (2) large scale assessment, and (3) accommodations and alternate assessment. The initiative, developed in partnership with the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), is proceeding in three phases: (1) validation of module content and process, (2) pilot dissemination to three intact educational communities, and (3) national dissemination to 600 educators, parents, and administrators across the US. We are evaluating project impact via pre/post evaluation participants' knowledge, concurrent- and post-participation surveys, and permanent products demonstrating knowledge application (e.g., IEPs). Fees generated for continuing education certification (via CEC) and graduate credit (via the University of Wisconsin-Madison) will sustain the program during and after the funding cycle. The AOA project has nearly completed Phase II, and is beginning Phase III. If you would like to participate in Phase III, please go to Participant Info.

Funding Source: Personnel Preparation to Improve Services And Results For Children With Disabilities Projects of National Significance (CFDA 84.325N) 2000-2003

Host web site: http://www.cec.sped.org/pd/webcourse.html

Principal Investigators: Jeffery P. Braden & Stephen N. Elliott, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Contact: jbraden@education.wisc.edu or snelliot@facstaff.wisc.edu.

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