These 5 videos for professional development are given by an education professional or technology expert with their own unique vision to improve learning


Professional development, typically referred to as continued training for teachers and educators, seeks to improve learning and teaching.

But just how exactly does it accomplish that?

What types of tips and strategies do educators and faculty share when collaborating on ways to maximize how technology can help colleges deliver instruction more effectively and enhance the student the experience?

Below are five standout YouTube clips on the subject of faculty professional development, each given by an education professional or technology expert with their own unique vision for how to improve the quality of learning.

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1. Stella Erbes, Milt Shatzer, and Robert Williams: TechLearn13 – Faculty Professional Development

Most people are familiar with the proverb, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” Expanding on this, Dr. Stella Erbes prefaces her remarks with a new ed-tech slogan: “Give a man a tech tool and watch him transform the way he teaches.”

Faculty Professional Development, or “Fac Prof Dev,” is a program offered by the Technology and Learning group at Pepperdine University to assist educators with the tools and skills to effectively integrate technology into the curriculum.

Erbes, Shatzer and Williams discuss transforming the way educators teach by examining course evolution and syllabus redesign. They also show examples of how people have applied what they’ve learned from faculty professional development in their teaching.

Watch the full clip here:

2. David Thornburg: Sonoma State University Faculty Center Presents: David Thornburg, PhD

“To explore the future you must explore the past,” says David Thornburg, named by Technology and Learning Magazine as one of the top 10 most influential people in the field of educational technology in the last 20 years.

Thornburg, an internationally renowned expert on emerging technologies, shows a painting of a 14th century lecture to university students in Bologna and draws the conclusion that lecture-based delivery does not work for all students.

This illustration from a fourteenth-century manuscript shows Henry of Germany delivering a lecture to university students in Bologna. Credit:

For more on how students and learning styles are changing, and how to shape a meaningful educational experience, watch the full clip:

3. Krista LeBrun and Terry Pollard: Online Professional Development: Lessons Learned

Krista LeBrun, eLearning Coordinator at Meridian Community College and Terry Pollard, director of Training and Professional Development at Mississippi Community College Board, discuss the role of technology and innovation in higher education online courses.

Both experts cover a wide range of higher ed topics such as working as a distance learning coordinator, the challenges and opportunities of providing professional development, and research on attrition rates with online courses.

Watch the full video here:

4. Boyoung Chae and Connie Broughton: How to Make it Work for Faculty: A study of how Washington community and technical college faculty use Open Educational Resources

Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges Director of eLearning Connie Broughton, and Faculty Training Coordinator Boyoung Chae, examine the adoption of Open Educational Resources – free media and documents which support teachers and students.

These educators explain how faculty perceive Open Educational Resources; how new technologies are implemented in the classroom; and address the support and training faculty receive to advance their skills.

See the entire clip here:

5. Stephanie Tezich: Collaborative Learning 360

There are two different classrooms teaching the same subject. In one room, students are not paying attention to the instructor because they are playing games on the computer or are asleep. In another room, students are poised, alert, and participating in the lecture. What makes one classroom setting different from the other?

One of the greatest challenges educators face is keeping students engaged. In this introduction video by Ivy Tech Community College, experts share tips on service learning and collaborative learning and how classrooms can be transformed to encourage optimal student participation.

Watch collaborative learning in practice here:

Michael Sharnoff is Associate Online Editor for eCampus News. Follow him on Twitter @Michael_eSM.

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