Implementing Impactful and Scalable Online Teacher Professional Development

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is forcing educators around the world to adapt and innovate their practices. Policy makers face a key challenge in how to effectively prepare and support large numbers of teachers to implement new teaching and learning approaches as quickly as possible. Teacher educators face a dual challenge: on the one hand they need to offer support to teachers in a quick and efficient way. On other hand, they need to shift their own practice to online or blended scenarios.

9 December 2020| Duration: 110 minutes

What was this online event about?

This event is part of the build up to the Third European Education Summit on 10 December, discussing the digital transformation of Europe’s education systems. The webinar will also launch a new research report exploring the impact of participation in online professional development courses on teacher practice and professional identity.

Since, 2016 the School Education Gateway Teacher Academy has developed a way of offering impactful and scalable online teacher professional development and continues to evolve through experience. This webinar will give participants a unique insight into key findings from the Teacher Academy and other European initiatives to support teacher educators and policy makers in the implementation of new and updated teacher professional development programmes organised online or in blended scenarios at large scale.  

The report “The Impact of Participation in Teacher Academy Online Courses on the Practice and Identity of Teachers” can be downloaded here.

Target audience

  • Policy makers and agencies with a responsibility for teacher professional development
  • Teacher educators and representatives of teacher education providers/institutions
  • Researchers with an interest in teacher education



Welcome by Themis Christophidou - Director-General – Directorate-General "Education, Youth, Sport and Culture"


Panel Discussion: How do we design effective online professional development that meets the needs of teachers and other school staff?


Blended Teacher Professional Development in Schools – In Conversation with a Teacher Academy Pilot Teacher


Panel Discussion: How do we scale up impactful teacher professional development online?

15:35 Closing

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Speaker panel

Themis ChristophidouThemis Christophidou - Director-General - Directorate-General "Education, Youth, Sport and Culture" (EAC).

Anne GilleranAnne Gilleran works as a senior adviser and pedagogical manager for the eTwinning Central Support Service. She is the Head of the eTwinning Pedagogical Advisory Group and responsible for all centrally organized eTwinning professional development activities. Anne has considerable experience in European educational projects with a particular specialization in professional development and training of teachers. Previously she was working as a school leader in Ireland.

Ana María Hernández MartínezAna María Hernández Martínez has a degree in Translation and Interpreting and European Studies, a Master in Language Teaching and a Master in English Studies, specialised in online collaboration and use of technology for teaching and learning. Teacher of English and Legal Translator certified by the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, she is member of the eTwinning Spanish National Support Service, hosted by the Spanish National Institute of Educational Technologies and Teacher Trainning, Ministry of Education and VET. She has coordinated online actions such as tutored courses and MOOC.

Daniella Tasic Hansen

Daniella Tasic Hansen is a consultant in e-learning pedagogy and a project manager in eVidenCenter, The National Danish Knowledge Centre of e-learning. She has worked with IT in an educational context for several years both as an educator and pedagogical consultant in different projects focusing on further education of teachers on IT, pedagogy and didactics. One of her areas of work is online learning and herein quality assurance of online learning courses. Among her other fields of interest are Digital Literacy, e-learning didactics and pedagogy and Game Based Learning.

Diana LaurillardDiana Laurillard is Professor of Learning with Digital Technologies at the Knowledge Lab, UCL Institute of Education, leading research projects on developing the Learning Designer suite of tools and online community for teachers and trainers, on adaptive software interventions for learners with low numeracy and dyscalculia, and on the use of MOOCs for professional development. Currently she also holds positions as: co-PI at the Centre for Global HE (UCL-IOE); partner investigator at the Science of Learning Research Centre (Universities of Queensland and Melbourne); lead educator on a MOOC on ICT in Primary Education: Transforming children's learning across the curriculum, on Coursera, and for one on Blended Learning Essentials on FutureLearn; member of the Boards of the Learning Foundation, and Climate KIC Education.

Madeleine Murray

Madeleine Murray is National Coordinator CPD Design with PDST Technology in Education, part of the Irish Ministry of Education’s national Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST). Madeleine is responsible for the design of online continuing professional development courses in digital technologies for teachers, including courses on digital learning planning, digital technologies for literacy, teaching online, amongst others. Madeleine also manages the production of videos illustrating good practice in the use of digital technologies in Irish schools. A languages graduate of Trinity College, Dublin, Madeleine is also a trained primary teacher. Prior to working in education, Madeleine worked for several years on the design and delivery of professional development in ICT to commercial and public sector organisations.

Neuza Pedro

Neuza Pedro is Professor in Education and Teacher training at the Institute of Education, University of Lisbon. She has a PhD in ICT in Education and a Masters in Educational Psychology. She is certified in 'E-teaching' by the University of Agder in Norway and in 'E- assessment' by the Online Instructional Design Program at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. She is coordinator of E-learning Lab of University of Lisbon since 2010. She also holds the coordination of the Master Degree Program in Digital Technologies and Education.

Elena Pezzi

Elena Pezzi is a teacher of Spanish at Liceo Laura Bassi in Bologna. She is also a teacher trainer in the field of digital technologies and a member of the research group Servizio Marconi TSI at the regional office of the Ministry of Education. For the last two years she has been a participant of a pilot project to use MOOCs in schools organised in the context of the School Education Gateway.

Patricia Wastiau

Patricia Wastiau is Principal Adviser for Research & Innovation within European Schoolnet, the network of 33 ministries of education supporting innovation in education including through ICT integration, and the Head of its Knowledge team. She mostly covers topics like innovation in education, with a focus on innovative eco-systems, as well as in leadership for change and theories of change. Patricia Wastiau has joined European Schoolnet in 2008 after 10 years as Head of Eurydice, the European network about comparative education in Europe. She has more than 20 years of experience in education systems and public policies analysis, their comparison at European level and the use of research results in education policy-making (evidence based policy), particularly in governance innovation, change management, design-thinking and distributed leadership.