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<p class=MsoNormal>An article in the Silicon Republic on 8-17-2010 refers to a
research study that was part of the eLearning for Educators Project. New
Hampshire is one of 10 states involved in the project. Our involvement includes
offering online PD courses through OPEN NH and working with EDC to train
several NH educators as course developers and facilitators. Boston College&#8217;s
research involved offering a select number of reading and math online courses
created by EDC, with participants from NH and several other states taking a
series of courses. Here is an excerpt from the article:<o:p></o:p></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p>

<p class=MsoNormal style='margin-left:.5in'><i>It was found that English and
maths teachers who took on e-learning courses in professional development have
improved both their teaching methods and their knowledge of the subject itself&#8230;.
The report came from four studies carried out on 330 teachers and 7,000
students over a three-year period where teachers completed three online
courses, were assigned a trainer and each put in about 100 hours of training
focused on the key areas of content knowledge, incorporating that knowledge
into instruction and finally, classroom skills. These teachers &#8211; and
their students &#8211; were then compared to those who had not done any online
courses&#8230;.<br>
<br>
&quot;This set of studies included educators working in a variety of settings
and demonstrates that online professional development is an effective approach
for improving teaching and learning in remote areas and high-need
schools,&quot; said Professor Michael Russell, the study director.<br>
<br>
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<p class=MsoNormal>Read the full article here:<br>
<a
href="http://www.siliconrepublic.com/innovation/item/17398-e-learning-benefits/"
target="_blank" title="elearning benefits teachers">http://www.siliconrepublic.com/innovation/item/17398-e-learning-benefits/<span
style='color:blue'><br>
</span></a><o:p></o:p></p>

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<span style='font-family:"Lucida Calligraphy";color:#365F91'>Regards,<o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-family:"Lucida Calligraphy";color:#365F91'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-family:"Lucida Calligraphy";color:#365F91'>Cathy
Higgins, Ed.D.<o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:9.0pt'>State Educational Technology
Director<o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:9.0pt'>Office of Educational
Technology<o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:9.0pt'>New Hampshire Department of
Education<o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:9.0pt'>Email: chiggins@ed.state.nh.us<o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:9.0pt'>Phone: 603.271.2453<o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:9.0pt'>Web: <a
href="http://www.nheon.org/oet/"><span style='color:blue'>http://www.nheon.org/oet/</span></a>
and <a href="http://education.nh.gov/instruction/ed_tech/index.htm"><span
style='color:blue'>http://education.nh.gov/instruction/ed_tech</span></a><o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p>

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