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April 2021

Spotlight on Virtual Professional Development
This edition of Research Connections Library Highlights features publications about virtual professional development (PD) for child care and early education (CCEE) professionals.

Online Child Care Training in the United States: A Preliminary Investigation of Who Participates, What Is Offered, and on Which Topics the Workforce Is Focusing

In this publicly available journal article, authors explore online child care training in the United States, investigating questions such as the following: Who among CCEE professionals are accessing online training? And what topics are most frequently accessed? The authors also discuss how the findings can inform policies that support the workforce’s needs.

Training Needs and Online Learning Preferences of Early Childhood Professionals

This paper looks at the benefits and challenges of virtual trainings, highlights ideal formats for virtual PD, and shares the training topics participants found most beneficial.  

Technology-Supported Early Childhood Professional Development in Nebraska

The Buffet Early Childhood Institute takes stock of Nebraska’s virtual PD in this 2016 report. Their recommendations on using technology to provide accessible and effective training can be applied across the United States.

Gateway to Quality: Online Professional Development for Family Childcare Providers

This study explores the following questions: What are the characteristics of family child care providers who are engaging in virtual PD? What topics are they accessing most frequently?

If You Build It, Will They Come?: Predictors of Teachers’ Participation in and Satisfaction with the Effective Classroom Interactions Online Courses

In this publicly accessible journal article, researchers examine when and how CCEE professionals engage in online courses and training characteristics associated with various levels of engagement and satisfaction.

U.S. Teachers’ Perceptions of Online Professional Development

This 2019 study offers a snapshot of the perception of virtual PD courses prior to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Are voluntary courses more beneficial than mandatory courses?

Early Math Professional Development: Meeting the Challenge through Online Learning

This article provides a model of how online PD can be tailored to meet specific needs. It may be useful when considering the development of accessible and targeted PD opportunities.

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