On-line coaching open to all to help the skilled growth of academics

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The latest ministerial guidelines stipulate that teachers must place their profession in a perspective of continuous improvement and put in place the necessary means to develop and update their professional skills. However, this continuing education obligation is sometimes hampered by major obstacles, in particular logistics (methods, costs, time, duration, location) and professional context (lack of time and resources due to labor shortages). ).

Coping with the diversity of needs, and in particular the disruptive behavior of some students, is also a major challenge that creates glaring training needs for many teachers. Disruptive student behavior can lead to teacher stress and is even considered to be the single most important cause of burnout.

Given that professional development is associated with the acquisition of better professional practices, with an improvement in the feeling of personal efficiency and consequently with a feeling of well-being at work, it is appropriate to consider ways of professional development taking into account the reality of the teaching profession.

We have invested in research into the implementation of practices that support student success, and we are interested in the potential of massive online learning (Large online open course (MOOC) for the professional development of teachers.

What is MOOC?

MOOC is a free online training that can satisfy an unlimited number of students without admission requirements and whose content is designed and structured by experts, usually academics, in the field. Participants are invested in an educational process that respects their pace, their need for commitment and aims to update their knowledge through a variety of methods: videos, reading, questionnaires, discussions, experiments, etc.

MOOCs with teachers as the target population are few and relatively new. Of course, due to their innovative aspect, which allows students to receive quality training, free of charge and at the time that suits them best, they promise to support the professional development of teachers. In this line, and in response to the need for training in intervention with students with behavioral problems, Laval University has developed the MOOC “The point on ADHD: understanding, supporting and accompanying young people”.

Based on effective practices recognized by professional development and intervention research in young people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), this MOOC aims to train school staff working with young people aged 5 to 17 with ADHD to implement effective intervention practices with them. The training also aims to encourage participants to reflect on their practices to make the changes deemed necessary to support the educational success of students with ADHD.

Hyperactivity, inattention and resistance

At school, students with ADHD may have difficulty maintaining attention, organizing, regulating verbal and motor activity, controlling and suppressing their behavior, and establishing quality relationships with their peers and teachers. In addition to hindering the educational success of students with ADHD, these manifestations can have a negative impact on teachers’ well-being. In fact, behaviors related to hyperactivity and inattention, as well as resistance, cause the most stress for teachers. Thus, compared to other students with special needs, students with ADHD cause teachers to have more doubts and a greater need for support.

In light of these findings, this training, divided into four modules, first offers an overview of ADHD based on the recent scientific literature to enable stakeholders in the learning environment to better understand its symptoms and manifestations. It then explores various intervention approaches and strategies that can help school staff to intervene more effectively with students with ADHD and better support them in their development and learning at school.

In particular, this MOOC is a set of tools containing a range of effective strategies. Specific interventions are also presented, especially concerning school learning (success in reading, writing and mathematics), development of social skills, emotional regulation, anxiety and opposition behavior.

Better equipped teachers

This MOOC has just finished its fourth edition. To date, it has attracted more than 35,000 participants. The results of the research carried out during its 2nd year (winter 2020) show the satisfaction of the participants (overall satisfaction rate 86%). In addition, 90% of respondents believe that their participation in MOOCs has enabled them to develop their knowledge, adopt better attitudes and intervene more effectively in students with ADHD. In addition, the results of this study show an improvement in self-efficacy in teaching students with ADHD between the beginning and end of MOOC. Thus, under the MOOC, the vast majority of participating teachers are considered to be more competent and equipped to intervene with these students.

The results of this research encourage the MOOC to be considered a promising activity in the field of professional development to promote the adoption of effective practices among students and to promote the well-being of teachers. This is a scenario that allows us to believe in the potential of MOOCs to meet the educational needs of teachers. The use of this innovative technology is an important advance in education and is of social importance because it contributes to the availability of quality university educational activities.

Those responsible for the professional development of teachers in collaboration with post-secondary educational institutions would do well to consider the potential of MOOCs to meet the training needs of teachers.

The original version of this article was published on The Conversation, a non-profit news site dedicated to sharing ideas among academics and the general public.

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