Megan Tolin, assistant professor and director of educational technology and pedagogy
in Trine University’s Franks School of Education, recently had an article published
in the inaugural newsletter for the Indiana Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
She also is serving on a working committee for the Indiana Department of Education
(IDOE) to set state standards for an online teaching licensure.
“We are so proud of Prof. Tolin and her service to our education profession,” said
Anthony Kline, Ph.D., dean of the Franks School of Education. “Having her expertise
and work recognized by IACTE and the Indiana Department of Education reinforces how
fortunate we are to have Prof. Tolin on our Franks School of Education team. She continually
strives to make our teacher candidates and faculty better.”
Tolin’s article — titled “Can a Worldwide Pandemic be a Catalyst for Change?” — looks
at the impact COVID-19 has had and will continue to have on faculty practices.
“While there is potential for faculty to improve upon their pedagogy, especially in
relation to their use of technology, it is critical that leaders spend the time and
energy to create spaces that foster creativity, provide professional learning opportunities,
and model reflective, adaptive practice,” she said.
She said the opportunity to write for IACTE came about when Kline shared that the
organization was looking for article proposals.
“I happened to be working on something that fit well, so I sent in my proposal and
the committee accepted it for publication,” she said.
With online and blended learning already increasing prior to COVID-19 and then exploding
after the pandemic began, the IDOE asked Tolin to serve on a committee charged with
updating the standards. She said the department had previously established “virtual
educator standards,” but very few programs offered online teaching licensure.
“It was important to provide standards for not only universities to develop programs
around, but also to provide school leadership a baseline resource for designing professional
development,” she said. “We've really tried to broaden the focus of the standards
to serve a variety of needs.”
Tolin said the revised standards cover eight core areas: learning environments; learner
engagement; instructional design; assessment and measurement; diverse and equitable
Instruction; digital pedagogy; digital citizenship; and professional responsibility.
She said the committee is making final edits and hopes to have the standards ready
for approval at the March meeting of the Indiana State Board of Education.
Last Updated: 02/25/2021