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Document Type

Dissertation - Pacific Access Restricted

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)


Educational Administration and Leadership

First Advisor

Craig Seal

First Committee Member

Dennis Brennan

Second Committee Member

Paul Lanning

Third Committee Member

Chuck Wiseley


Through the evolution and proliferation of the Internet, distance and online education have become more prevalent in modern society. Synchronous web-based professional development continues to gain popularity. Although online education has grown in popularity and breadth, there has been a lack of research about the impact of synchronous web-based professional development. By using Kirkpatrick and Kirkpatrick's (2006) Four Levels of Evaluation, this study examined the impact of webinar professional development at a National Science Foundation Advanced Technology Center. Findings indicate that although the factors that contribute to learning in a web-based environment were present, there was a lack of evidence about the actual outcomes of participation in a synchronous web-based professional development. To address the lack of evidence, a new model of Comprehensive Synchronous Web-based Professional Development evaluation and implementation is proposed in the discussion.





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