Dr Radmila Popović

Dr Radmila Popović

Teacher trainer, World Learning
  • 15:00-15:45 - Day 1

Washington, DC, US

Neil O`Flaherty

Neil O`Flaherty

  • 15:00-15:45 - Day 1

Abstract

In this workshop, the presenters, two experienced online teacher educators, outline challenges typically faced by teachers in online professional development courses. They include (a) preparedness factors (different levels of background pedagogical knowledge and skills); (b) program factors (the mismatch between expectations of participating teachers and course facilitators), and (c) contextual factors (time management, balancing work, and course participation). The presenter will share with the audience some of the strategies they successfully implemented in the OPEN Program courses to overcome these impediments. Attendees of this session come away with techniques to differentiate and customize online support responses to teachers’ needs.

How can we apply scaffolding in online education?

Radmila’s biography

Radmila Popović has been active in the field of ELT for more than thirty years as a teacher, teacher educator, university lecturer and consultant. Before moving to Washington, DC in 2011 to work as an Education and Research Specialist for World Learning, she was Assistant Professor in ELT Methodology and Applied Linguistics at the University of Belgrade. Radmila has worked on several innovative projects (teaching English to young learners, teacher development at primary & secondary levels, training of trainers, mentoring, curricular reforms in tertiary education) in her native country, Serbia, and in Algeria, Egypt, El Salvador, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Tunisia, Turkey and USA. Her online course “Teaching Grammar Communicatively” is part of the Online Professional English Network (OPEN) Program. Radmila has professional and research interests in teacher education, E-learning and teaching, and second language development. She is most proud of being the President of ELTA Serbia in 2010-2011.

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