Educational tech expert to speak Oct. 3

Cathy Cavanaugh
Cathy Cavanaugh

Cathy Cavanaugh, associate professor of educational technology at the University of Florida, will present "Evidence-Based Practices for Online Teacher Professional Development," 3:30 to 5 p.m., in the Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center, room 212. The event is free and open to the public.

The presentation will highlight promising, online-based efforts to enhance the knowledge and practice of K-12 educators. Cavanaugh will also provide specific guidelines, recommendations and examples for developers and facilitators of online professional development programs. The talk is the latest in the Creating Rural Connections Speaker Series coordinated by the UNL-housed National Center for Research on Rural Education.

Cavanaugh’s primary research interests include indicators of quality in online and blended education and equitable access to quality education through technology. She has conducted studies of classroom technology and professional development in Florida schools, effective practices in virtual schools, online professional development, and design of online and blended courses. Cavanaugh has served as co-director of the Northeast Florida Science, Technology and Mathematics Center, as assistant director of the Florida Center for Instructional Technology, and as a classroom teacher in Florida and the Caribbean. She holds a bachelor’s in education from the University of the Virgin Islands, a master’s in education from the University of Central Florida, and a doctorate in curriculum and instruction from the University of South Florida.

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