You might be interested in directing your constituency to the below teaching methods and reform effort in teacher education.
See:http://teacherprofessoraccountability.ning.com/main/invitation/new?...And…http://bestmethodsofinstruction.com/ Or our newest site featuring advanced teaching methods for and concerns ofProfessional Teachers: http://anthony-manzo.blogspot.com/2010/05/race-to-top-accountabilit...
Anthony V.Manzo Ph.D. Professor Emeritus, University of Missouri-KC,&
Director of TheCenter for the Study of Higher Literacy,
Governor,Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program;
(ret.) California State University-Fullerton(firstname.lastname@example.org)
I forgot to mention that I developed a very customized system for teaching online over 30 years ago. It is based on brief writing. It reduces idle chat and works on cogent and complex thinking. It is called REAP and more recently iREAP (Manzo, Manzo, Albee, 2002). You can find a quick description at: ://anthony-manzo.blogspot.com/2010/05/brief-writing-for-thoughtful-righting.html
This quest to identify actual Best Practices in Online Teaching is very pioneering. As I mentioned before the entire education industry, here and globally needs to get this elementary step done to really qualify as a profession. Oh, I see that I can upload a file. Here it is.