The NASA electronic Professional Development Network (ePDN) brings together multiple partners to tackle developing effective electronic professional development courses for use in NASA programs and by STEM teachers across the nation. ePDN will collaborate with scientists and engineers from NASA, from Georgia Tech, and from industry to bring STEM content to teachers through modular-based ePD courses, and through shorter workshops and events. Courses and workshops will be designed to emphasize best practices, incorporating inquiry learning, case-based scenarios, and data analysis actively into the programs. They will also be designed to promote teachers’ use of new communication tools such as video sharing, podcasting, visualizations, virtual worlds, and social networking.
The ePDN is part of the NASA Learning Environments and Research Network (LE&RN), a project within the Elementary-Secondary/eEducation Program of NASA’s Office of Education. Along with the ePDN it is comprised of the NASA Digital Learning Network and the NASA-sponsored Classroom of the Future.