A GUIDE TO QUALITY-ASSURED SHORT COURSES BY EARLY CHILDHOOD AUSTRALIA
Are you looking to refresh your skills, offer group training, or explore a new topic? You can do it all with the Early Childhood Australia (ECA) Learning Hub: a unique online learning platform that offers quality-assured, self-directed and accredited professional learning courses for educators, teachers and other professionals working with young children (birth to eight years).
Online professional learning has a large potential to engage educators and be an effective and flexible way to extend their knowledge and improve their practice.
Services who use online learning within their professional development programming report that online professional learning is sustainable and enduring. Participants can revisit content, and new staff can complete professional learning in a timely manner, with everyone accessing and sharing the same knowledge. Services also report on the value of access to high-quality presenters and unique training topics that aren’t available in their local setting.
Research suggests online learning can enable greater access to professional learning and consistent, better quality programs (Gomez, Kagan & Fox, 2015). Recent Australian research (Highfield, Wallis & Stockman, 2017) found that educators enjoyed the flexible nature of online learning, as they could access resources at times that suited them—no matter their location—and that online resources could be used in many ways, such as independently or with a team of colleagues.