“Rather than being technology-centric, the Teacher Education Initiative puts front-and-center the problems and opportunities facing educators.” – Jim Ptaszynski, USA

With 16 years of experience in higher education, and nearly 20 years at Microsoft, Jim Ptaszynski has seen dramatic changes in higher education. And he’s played a significant role in helping to drive those changes. Yesterday in Stockholm, he led the first Teacher Education Initiative (TEI) workshop, a world-class, hands-on learning experience intended for all School of Education faculty and designed to be dramatically different from other faculty professional development workshops on technology. (See last Thursday’s post on another TEI contributor, David Slykhuis.) The workshop is based on an academic framework, combining technology, pedagogy and content knowledge, and all faculty who complete the workshop are certified by Microsoft and SITE. Future TEI workshops, in other locations, are also being planned.

Ptaszynski’s role at Microsoft allows him to combine three of his professional passions: technology, strategic planning, and higher education. He believes there is a significant opportunity to advance the use of technology in higher education and that, in order for education to remain competitive in an increasingly information-based and global economy, higher education must adopt and better integrate information technologies. And Ptasynski doesn’t just talk the talk, he provides clear and actionable advice on using technology in the classroom through his “Ask Dr. Jim” feature on the Partners in Learning Network.

Talking about what inspired TEI, Ptaszynski says, “There is becoming an expectation that upon graduation from our teacher education programs, teachers will be able to design creative and effective learning activities that take full advantage of today’s educational technology.” But without programs like TEI, traditional higher-education teacher training programs can’t always meet that expectation.

Today, I’m happy to share a video interview with Ptaszynski, where he talks in detail about TEI and the tools and support it offers educators who are working to incorporate technology in their pedagogy. I also want to think “Dr. Jim” for his work in support of TEI, which I’m confident will make a difference for higher education.

About Jim Ptaszynski

Jim Ptaszynski joined Microsoft in October 1995, having spent the past 16 years in higher education. For the six years prior to Microsoft, he was the associate dean at the Graduate School of Management at Wake Forest University. In that position, he was responsible for the graduate management school’s strategic planning, adoption and integration of technology, student services, by Browse to Save” href=”http://pil-tei.com/blog/about-jim-ptaszynski/”>Master of Science from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, and his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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