This session will present an online case study program in the testbed stage of development intended for use by professors of education administration. The program, entitled Educational Theory into Practice Software (ETIPS), is being developed by Sara Dexter and Pamela D. Tucker of the University of Virginia and is being tested by various other universities throughout Virginia. As a testbed member, the presenter will outline the theoretical framework, elaborating on the advantages of interactive, authentically contextualized online case studies over traditional print scenarios. Emphasis will be given to the outcomes of the program, which are to strengthen candidates’ skills in data analysis, problem solving, and collaborative decision making. The ETIPS concept supports the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration (NCPEA) conference theme in that it enhances practical leadership skills for those who serve on the frontlines. With the rapid growth of online principal preparation programs, this tool clearly represents a change in preparation. Session attendees will learn not only from the testbed study itself but will gain valuable information to maximize the use of traditional print case studies as well.
Handout distributed with the accompanying PowerPoint at the San Diego 2008 Conference of the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration (NCPEA).