Explained: PETAA self-paced professional learning online

We know that when it comes to professional learning, you have to consider more than just whether or not the course is a good pedagogic fit. You need to think about the timing of courses (and possibly the need to secure casual relief teacher cover) and the distance of travel required to attend. The COVID-19 pandemic, and our ever-increasing schedules, has led all kinds of educators to look for new ways to fulfil their professional development requirements and needs.

PETAA proudly offers a range of online professional learning courses for teachers. The majority are self-paced, and all are carefully curated by and planned by expert facilitators.

Below, we’ve answered some of the most frequently asked questions about our online professional learning to help you feel confident in enrolling in a course. 

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1— What does 'self-paced' mean?

Each of our online professional learning courses are available to access in monthlong blocks. You can complete the course material during that month at a time that best suits you, day or night, and at the pace you can give - whether it's all at once, or over a few different days.

2— What can I expect from the course materials — how do the courses work?

When you log in to view the course at PETAA College – our online learning platform – you’ll see a series of modules. Some will involve readings, others will include videos; many feature a mix of both. You’ll move through the reading/watching and complete activities as sequenced by our expert facilitators. You will be able to have discussions with the facilitators and share ideas with fellow course attendees as you progress.

3— How many hours will the course take to complete?

PETAA Professional Learning courses range anywhere from three to twelve hours. You can find the hours of each course on our listings pages

4— What kind of topics are covered in PETAA online learning courses?

You can find all current online professional learning courses listed on our professional learning page. However, here are a few of the topic areas for which we have online professional learning courses:

English language and sentence grammar
Supporting struggling readers
Joint construction of texts
Supporting EAL/D students
Literacy teaching for beginning teachers
Phonics instruction
Visual literacy and multimodal texts
Spelling instruction
The explicit teaching of writing
Teaching grammar with literature

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