At the 2016 American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education Annual Meeting, professors from the University of Michigan presented on what they’re accomplishing – as well as what they’re learning – now that they are a program that uses video throughout their program.
“We think that video is the ideal medium for supporting learning in pedagogies of practice,” said professor Tim Boerst. “What matters, though, is what sort of environment you’ve created to manage the use of video.”
Professors also discussed how using video as a key tool in instructional coaching has had a dramatic impact on both the quality of the feedback they’re able to provide interns, as well as the efficiency with which they’re able to give it.
“In Edthena the conversation is a coordinated conversation,” said professor Meri Tenney Muirhead. “It’s not a one-off conversation where you’re just getting one piece of feedback from one person, but it is a dialogue between the key constituents in the conversation… a dialogue that’s focused on the support of the teaching intern. Edthena allows the teaching intern to engage in the conversation in a way that actively involves her in her own learning. This allows us to be routinely present for our interns in a very focused way.”
Meri also touched on how Edthena has proved useful to faculty at Michigan in their own professional development.
“We now have rich portrayals of practice that are right from our teaching intern’s work and from the work of instructors. We have a common text, and we have a way of sharing practices in professional development meetings to build a common understanding.”
The University of Michigan has partnered with Edthena since 2011. You can read more about their initial experience adopting video across their program in their Partner Profile.