New England teachers try online training
- By Eric Kulisch
- Nov 14, 2000
New England educators will soon be taking professional development courses
online with services from WebEd Inc.
The South Eastern Regional Education Service Center Inc. in Derry, N.H.,
will resell WebEd's curriculum to 24,000 educators in 178 school districts
throughout New Hampshire. The center will also develop special education
courses for WebEd.
The WebEd courses will also be available to nearly 117,000 educational
personnel in Massachusetts through the South Shore Educational Collaborative
and the French River Education Center.
Teachers can order the self-guided courses directly from WebEd or through
one of the education service agencies, which get a share of the fee. WebEd,
which was incorporated two years ago, has sales agreements in 23 states,
said Kathleen Batcheller, WebEd's vice president of marketing. The Hampton,
N.H., company's curriculum includes more than 200 courses.
Public school teachers on average are required to take 20 to 30 hours
of professional training courses each year to maintain their teaching certificates.
"Educational service agencies provide 60 percent to 70 percent of professional
development courses in the K-12 market," Batcheller said. School districts
can also buy courses directly from vendors or develop courses themselves.
Companies such as WebEd tout distance-learning courses as more convenient
and cost-effective than traditional seminars and workshops. A typical 10-hour
WebEd course at the discounted agency rate costs $85 to $90, Batcheller