Teacher Educator Technology Competencies (TETCs) Vetting Process, OPEN UNTIL APRIL 15, 2017

Thank you for your willingness to share your opinion on the draft of the Teacher Educators Technology Competencies (TETCs).

"Teachers need to leave their teacher preparation programs with a solid understanding of how to use technology to support learning. Effective use of technology is not an optional add-on or a skill that we simply can expect teachers to pick up once they get into the classroom. Teachers need to know how to use technology to realize each state’s learning standards from day one." (2017 Update of the National Educational Technology Plan, U.S. Department of Education, OET, 2016, p. 35, Available at https://tech.ed.gov/netp/ )

The previous statement tasks all TEACHER EDUCATORS with the responsibility of preparing teacher candidates to teach with technology. Professional development will be needed to prepare them for this charge.

A set of competencies (not standards) were drafted to guide the professional development of teacher educators in colleges and universities. The intention of the Teacher Educator Competencies (TETCs) is to communicate what teacher educators working with teacher candidates should know and do.

To best inform professional development, competencies, or the “knowledge skills, or attitudes that enable one to effectively perform the activities of a given occupation," (Richey, Fields & Foxon, 2001 p. 31) were developed.

With the intention of tapping the wisdom of the profession and to produce a final list of TETCs that would be usable to ALL TEACHER EDUCATORS, a highly collaborative process was lead by four researchers who are experts in educational technology. The development process involved three phases:

I. CROWDSOURCING: Literature that directly speaks to competencies of teacher educators was crowdsourced; articles were used to create the first draft of the TETCs.

II. DELPHI METHOD: The draft was revised through 6 rounds of input from 17 faculty who comprised the Delphi team. These individuals applied and were selected based on their expertise in educational technology.
The result of the Delphi process and final draft of the competencies can be found here:

III. VETTING: This survey is an attempt to get broad-based input from individuals and organizations about perceived usability. The feedback from the vetting process will be considered in the vetting revisions.

The purpose of this survey is to vet the draft TETCs in order to make further revisions. In addition to non-identifying demographic information, this survey will ask the following questions:
1) What aspects of the TETCs do you/does your organization find most useful?
2) How would you/your organization make use of the TETCs?
3) What concerns do you/does your organization have about the TETCs?
4) Do you have any additional comments?

Thank you for your input,
The Research Team
Teresa S. Foulger, Associate Professor, Arizona State University (Project Lead)
Kevin Graziano, Professor, Nevada State College
Denise Crawford, Associate Professor, Iowa State University
David Slykhuis, Professor, James Madison University

    IRB Agreement

    I am an associate professor in Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University. I am conducting a research study to develop competencies for teaching with technology in teacher preparation. I am inviting your participation during a vetting process that will close on April 15, 2017. Participation entails completing a survey as described above. Your participation in this survey is voluntary. You have the right to stop participation at any time. There are no foreseeable risks or discomforts to your participation. If you are an individual, your survey responses will be confidential and will not be shared publicly; if your survey responses represent an organization, you will be asked to choose whether you want your organizational affiliation to be recognized publicly, as a contributor to the development of the TETCs. The resulting TETCs may be used in reports, presentations, or publications, but no individual survey responses will be shared outside the research group. If you have any questions concerning this survey or the process, please contact Teresa S. Foulger - Associate Professor, Arizona State University, Teresa.Foulger@asu.edu. If you have any questions about your rights as a subject/participant in this research, or if you feel you have been placed at risk, you can contact the Chair of the Human Subjects Institutional Review Board, through the ASU Office of Research Integrity and Assurance, at (480) 965-6788. Please let me know if you wish to be part of the study By signing below you are agreeing to be part of the study.