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A review and rethink on the effectiveness of professional development through face to face presentations/workshops... How realizing an online learning community with the help of Web 2.0 technologies ...

A review and rethink on the effectiveness of professional development through face to face presentations/workshops... How realizing an online learning community with the help of Web 2.0 technologies may offer an attractive alternative to "revising" pd workshops as we know them.

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PD Workshops - their purpose? do they really work? how could they be improved? PD Workshops - their purpose? do they really work? how could they be improved? Presentation Transcript

  • PD Workshops Their purpose? Do they really work? How could they be improved?   James (Jim) Buckingham , MA ODE (Open U, UK) [email_address] Senior Education Technology Specialist Zayed University   presented 12 February, 2010 HCT (Mens’ Campus) Ras Al Khaimah, UAE
  • Traditional Learning? Alternative Next Move?
    • Backchannel
    • Today’s Meet
      • http://todaysmeet.com/Feb13RAK
        • leave comments, questions, etc.
    • Twitter
        • use hashtag #pdRAK
    • Learning Times
        • go to link to connect with Elluminate (Webheads)
  • Traditional Learning? Alternative Next Move?
    • Pre Presentation Survey
    • Google Docs
      • Google Docs - Form
        • review summary of responses
  • Organizer Presenter Attendee Traditional Learning? Alternative Next Move?
  • Organizer Pre event Presenter Attendee Event Post Event Traditional Learning? Alternative Next Move?
  • Organizer Pre event Presenter Attendee Event Post Event Traditional Learning? Alternative Next Move? Solicit interest
    • promote event
    • get responses
    • vet responses
    Select from responses
    • select presenters
    • find location
    • set dates
    Market / prepare the event
    • send notices
    • find resources to support it
    • arrange hospitality / support for presenters
  • Organizer Presenter Attendee Event Post Event Traditional Learning? Alternative Next Move? Pre event direct presenters
    • register presenters
    • arrange tech / space support
    • arrange hospitality
    direct attendees
    • register attendees
    • arrange hospitality
    • arrange support services
    • arrange scheduling
    • prepare for the unexpected
  • Organizer Presenter Attendee Post Event Traditional Learning? Alternative Next Move? Event Pre event debrief
    • review organization
    • review tech / space support
    • write up review
    disband
    • clean up
    • file away materials
    • store for next event
  • Organizer Presenter Attendee Event Post Event Traditional Pre event Learning? Alternative Next Move? review solicitation
    • relates to a prof. interest
    • test an idea
    • network with others
    • support a professional interest
    respond to solicitation
    • prepares proposal
      • abstract / rationale
    prepare presentation
    • If accepted
    • prepares presentation
      • Powerpoint
      • handouts / activities
  • Organizer Presenter Attendee Post Event Traditional Event Pre event Learning? Alternative Next Move? present presentation
    • set up room
    • use support tools
    • prepare / circulate handouts
    engage formally with attendees
    • discuss Q/A
    • facilitate activity
    engage in formally with attendees
    • meet one to one outside of scheduled time period
  • Organizer Presenter Attendee Traditional Pre event Post Event Event Learning? Alternative Next Move? debrief
    • review testing of ideas
    • review successes / failures
    network
    • note new contacts / sources
    • note new ideas / challenges to explore
    prepare for next presentation
    • review possible next move
  • Organizer Presenter Attendee Event Post Event Traditional Pre event Learning? Alternative Next Move? learn of event
    • read about it in a journal / email
    • hear about it from a friend
    decide on attendance
    • ask “What’s in it for me?”
      • presentation topic
      • relevance
      • speaker
      • schedule / convenience
    choose to go
    • schedule time to
      • travel / find
      • park
      • walk / find
      • seat
  • Organizer Presenter Attendee Post Event Traditional Pre event Event Learning? Alternative Next Move? attend event listen participate / engage
    • prepare to take notes
    • engage with the topic
    • relate ideas to one’s context
  • Organizer Presenter Attendee Traditional Pre event Post Event Event Learning? Alternative Next Move? move on (1 hour)
    • prepare for next presentation
    • network with presenter
    • network with other attendees
    • check ideas
    move on (next day / week)
    • reflect on personal ideas
    • attempt an idea
    • implement an idea
    share
    • share an idea
      • adapt an idea to one’s professional context
      • reflect on success
  • Organizer Presenter Attendee Traditional Learning? Alternative Next Move? How much learning is actually going on here?
  • Organizer Traditional Learning? Alternative Next Move? Presenter Attendee Active
    • administration
    • leadership
    • direction
    • vision
  • Traditional Learning? Alternative Next Move? Organizer Presenter Attendee Active
    • presentation planning
    • public speaking
    • research
    • discourse
  • Organizer Traditional Learning? Alternative Next Move? Presenter Attendee Passive Active
    • listening
    • note taking
    • asking questions
  • Organizer Traditional Learning? Alternative Next Move? Presenter Attendee Active
    • administration
    • leadership
    • direction
    • vision
    Active
    • presentation planning
    • public speaking
    • research
    • discourse
    Passive Active
    • listening
    • note taking
    • asking questions
  • Organizer Traditional Learning? Alternative Next Move? Presenter Attendee Challenges Active
    • administration
    • leadership
    • direction
    • vision
    Active
    • presentation planning
    • public speaking
    • research
    • discourse
    Passive Active
    • listening
    • note taking
    • asking questions
  • Organizer Traditional Learning? Alternative Next Move? Presenter Attendee Time Alignment Format Passivity Challenges
    • presenting / networking
    • formally limited to 45 – 60 min
    • informally limited to hallway / lunch / email
  • Organizer Traditional Learning? Alternative Next Move? Presenter Attendee Time Alignment Format Passivity Challenges
    • assumptions / expectations
    • guess work
    • context of presenter vs.
    • context of attendees
  • Organizer Traditional Learning? Alternative Next Move? Presenter Attendee Time Alignment Format Passivity Challenges
    • classroom / lecture hall
    • encourages broadcast style
    • one to many
  • Organizer Traditional Learning? Alternative Next Move? Presenter Attendee Time Alignment Format Passivity Challenges
    • encourages passive engagement
    • listening
    • note taking
  • Organizer Traditional Learning? Alternative Next Move? Presenter Attendee Time Alignment Format Passivity Observation Many hours Many resources
  • Organizer Traditional Learning? Alternative Next Move? Presenter Attendee Time Alignment Format Passivity Observation Many hours Many resources .. but with what affect? .. how is the effect measured? .. who is really benefitting?
  • Organizer Presenter Attendee Traditional Learning? Alternative Next Move? How to promote broader & more meaningful activity?
  • Organizer Presenter Attendee Time Alignment Format Passivity Alternative move away from presentation + handout = professional development Traditional Learning? Alternative Next Move?
  • Organizer Presenter Attendee Time Alignment Format Passivity Alternative move towards ++ professional development applying objectives applying pedagogy Traditional Learning? Alternative Next Move?
  • Organizer Presenter Attendee Time Alignment Format Passivity Alternative identify what to learn apply methods to learning Betty Collis Spaces for Interaction: Conversation http://www.editlib.org/p/30477 promote more activity for attendee Traditional Learning? Alternative Next Move?
  • Organizer Presenter Attendee Time Alignment Format Passivity Alternative apply learning theories Constructivist Connectivist
    • observe / apply / share / test
    • connect with others / know how to “know”
    Traditional Learning? Alternative Next Move?
  • Organizer Pre event Presenter Attendee Event Post Event Traditional Learning? Alternative Next Move?
  • Organizer Pre event Attendee Event Post Event Traditional Learning? Alternative Next Move?
    • arrange scheduling
    Presenter Group Solicit interest
    • promote ONLINE
    • site / membership
    Invite participation from members
    • post key topics
    • identify active members
    • invite active members to present
    Market & prepare the event
    • send notices
  • Organizer Attendee Event Post Event Pre event Traditional Learning? Alternative Next Move? Presenter Group Moderate presentations
    • support presenters
    • arrange tech support
    direct attendees
    • arrange tech support
    • prepare for the unexpected
  • Organizer Attendee Post Event Event Pre event Traditional Learning? Alternative Next Move? Presenter Group debrief
    • review organization
    • review tech / space support
    • write up review
    back up / archive
    • file away materials
    • invite continued discussion
  • Organizer Presenter Attendee Event Post Event Pre event Traditional Learning? Alternative Next Move?
    • invites participation already
    Group review solicitation
    • relates to a prof. interest
    • test an idea with others
    • network with others
    • support a professional interest
    respond to solicitation
    • prepares proposal
      • abstract / rationale
    • collaborates with others
    • collates resources of others
    prepare presentation
    • prepares presentation
      • Powerpoint
      • Youtube wiki etc. etc. etc.
  • Organizer Presenter Attendee Event Post Event Pre event Traditional Learning? Alternative Next Move? Group
    • invites participation already
    review solicitation
    • relates to a prof. interest
    • test an idea with others
    • network with others
    • support a professional interest
    respond to solicitation
    • prepares proposal
      • abstract / rationale
    • collaborates with others
    • collates resources of others
    prepare presentation
    • prepares presentation
      • Powerpoint
      • Youtube wiki etc. etc. etc.
  • Organizer Presenter Post Event Event Pre event Traditional Learning? Alternative Next Move? Need not be physically present Attendee
    • encourage back channeling
    • encourage networking
    Group present presentation
    • set up online room
    • use support tools
    • prepare / circulate links
    engage formally with attendees
    • discuss Q/A
    • facilitate activity
    engage in formally with attendees
    • meet one to one outside of scheduled time period
  • Organizer Presenter Pre event Post Event Event Traditional Learning? Alternative Next Move? Attendee
    • note new themes / issues / concerns
    • continue collaboration
    • set group goals (i.e. identify best pract.)
    Group debrief
    • review testing of ideas
    • review successes / failures
    network
    • note new contacts / sources
    • note new ideas / challenges to explore
    continue on the theme
  • Organizer Presenter Attendee Event Post Event Pre event Traditional Learning? Alternative Next Move?
    • chance to meet w/ “online colleagues”
    participate now Group learn of website, group, community
    • read about it in a journal / email
    • hear about it from a friend
    decide on level of involvement
    • ask “What’s in it for me?”
      • presentation topic / relevance
    • commit to
      • lurking, reading, sharing, discussing, etc.
    choose to go
    • schedule time to
      • travel / find
      • park / walk / find / seat
  • Organizer Attendee Post Event Pre event Event
    • meet w/ “online colleagues”
    Presenter
    • share in presentation
    • celebrate what’s been learned
    • invite others to participate online
    … plus… Traditional Learning? Alternative Next Move? Group attend event listen / participate / engage
    • prepare to take notes
    • engage with the topic
    • relate ideas to one’s context
  • Organizer Attendee Pre event Post Event Event with online support from others with online support from others
    • collectively identify
    • best practices
    Presenter Traditional Learning? Alternative Next Move? Group move on (1 hour)
    • prepare for next presentation
    • network with presenter
    • network with other attendees
    • check ideas
    move on (next day / week)
    • reflect on personal ideas
    • attempt an idea
    share
    • share an idea & resources
  • Organizer Presenter Attendee Opportunities Traditional Learning? Alternative Next Move? Active
    • administration
    • leadership
    • direction
    • vision
    Active
    • presentation planning
    • public speaking
    • research
    • discourse
    Passive Active
    • listening
    • note taking
    • asking questions
  • Organizer Presenter Attendee Time Alignment Format Passivity Opportunities
    • presenting / networking
    • unlimited
    Traditional Learning? Alternative Next Move?
  • Organizer Presenter Attendee Time Alignment Format Passivity
    • assumptions / expectations aligned
    • pre conference / presentation discussion
    • clarifies context of presenter
    • clarifies context of attendees
    • affords attendees access to & involvement in presentation planning BEFOREHAND
    Opportunities Traditional Learning? Alternative Next Move?
  • Organizer Presenter Attendee Time Alignment Format Passivity
    • classroom / lecture hall / activity / debate / work groups
    • encourages a variety of options that can be determined by membership .. not just the presenter(s)
    Opportunities Traditional Learning? Alternative Next Move?
  • Organizer Presenter Attendee Time Alignment Format Passivity ? discourages passive engagement encourages active engagement by promoting ownership of the event Opportunities Traditional Learning? Alternative Next Move?
  • Organizer Presenter Attendee Also promotes …
    • Continuity of ideas
    • ideas presented, can continue to be developed
    Opportunities Traditional Learning? Alternative Next Move? Archiving / sharing of ideas
    • Identification of best practices in the context of the UAE
    • discuss / identify what works here?
    • Professionalism
    • good practices can be promoted
    • certification can be encouraged
    • the profession realizes higher recognition
  • Organizer Presenter Attendee Essentially promotes … Opportunities Traditional Learning? Alternative Next Move? … . a Learning Community
  • Organizer Presenter Attendee How much learning would go on here? Traditional Learning? Alternative Next Move?
  • Organizer Presenter Attendee Would we address concerns? Traditional Learning? Alternative Next Move?
  • How are you motivated to attend "professional development" workshops such as those typically presented by TESOL Arabia SIGs? By learning new advancements in the field, or things that I feel I need to work on. Also, to help promote my advancement in EFL/ESL. The topic of the presentation/workshop is the most important to me. I usually attend the workshops that interest me by displaying new developments in the fields I am teaching or offer practical applications to classes that I am teaching. I like PDs since they improve and empower me as a teacher. Even if they don't they usually motivate me to improve or practise something new. I have always found them helpful if they are planned well and aimed for realistic goals ... Traditional Learning? Alternative Next Move? promote my advancement in EFL discover new methods in EFL empower me as a teacher encourage me to improve my practice
  • Recall a "professional development" workshops that was the most successful / most useful to you. What qualities were present there that contributed to it being successful / useful to you? Mostly, it would have to be the relevance to what I want to do in my classroom and in my professional career.- clear objectives that are met by the end of the session - New topics and practical workshops that provide ideas that can be taken to my classroom are priorities. - presenter's reflection on personal experiences as opposed to studies and theories The most useful workshops have been the ones that I was able to walk away with something in my hands that could be immediately adapted to the class that I was currently teaching. Timing and relevance are particularly important, but memorable Traditional Learning? Alternative Next Move? get something that is immediately adaptable to my class relevant to what I do in the classroom provide practical ideas walk away with something in my hand
  • Painful as it may be, recall a "professional development" workshops that was less successful / useful than you had hoped. What qualities were present there that resulted in it being less successful? The instructor speaking so slow that it was better suited for a beginning EFL learner. Also, workshops that are so basic as to have been presented in University studies.- the presenter was reading from a paper - the content of the session was not related to the title - the presenter was not familiar with his/her PowerPoint - Overuse/misuse of PowerPoint presentations Presentation style that is more presentation and less inclusion or doesn't include practical application or hands on demonstrations do not stick with me. There have been several workshops that I have attended that were not... Traditional Learning? Alternative Next Move? overuse of PowerPoint content was not related to the title inappropriate level (too basic) more presentation, less participation
  • Essentially promotes … Opportunities Traditional Learning? Alternative Next Move? … . a Learning Community
  • promote membership Creating a Learning Community Traditional Learning? Alternative Next Move? promote discussion promote decision making promote sharing of resources
  • promote membership A Learning Community on Traditional Learning? Alternative Next Move? promote decision making Top 10 tools for EFL in the UAE promote sharing of resources promote discussion
    • what tools do you use now?
    • what tools do you want to find?
    • what tools do you recommend?
  • Traditional Learning? Alternative Next Move? promote decision making Top 10 tools for EFL in the UAE promote sharing of resources promote discussion
    • join
    • present your favourite tools
    • discover what your peers are using
    promote membership A Learning Community on
  • Traditional Learning? Alternative Next Move? Top 10 tools for EFL in the UAE promote sharing of resources promote discussion
    • discover most common tools
    • present a review of your favourites
    promote membership promote decision making
    • collaborate to recommend tools
    A Learning Community on
  • Traditional Learning? Alternative Next Move? Top 10 tools for EFL in the UAE promote discussion
    • present your findings to others
    promote membership promote decision making promote sharing of resources A Learning Community on
  • Essentially promoting … Opportunities Traditional Learning? Alternative Next Move? … . a Learning Community … . with some help from technology
  • promote membership Traditional Learning? Alternative Next Move? promote discussion promote decision making promote sharing of resources
    • i.e. email, Twitter
    Creating an online learning community
  • promote membership Traditional Learning? Alternative Next Move? promote decision making promote sharing of resources
    • i.e. Ning, Google / Yahoo Groups etc.
    promote discussion Creating an online learning community
  • promote membership Traditional Learning? Alternative Next Move? promote sharing of resources
    • i.e. Online Polls, Surveys
    promote discussion promote decision making Creating an online learning community
  • promote membership Traditional Learning? Alternative Next Move?
    • i.e. Slideshare, YouTube, etc.
    promote discussion promote decision making promote sharing of resources Creating an online learning community
  • Traditional Learning? Alternative Next Move? Creating an online learning community promote membership promote discussion promote decision making promote sharing of resources
  • Traditional Learning? Alternative Next Move? Creating an online learning community Presenter Attendee
  • Traditional Learning? Alternative Next Move? Creating an online learning community Interested? Email me at [email_address] Subject heading? – Online Learning Community
  • Traditional Learning? Alternative Next Move?
    • Backchannel
    • Todays Meet
      • http://todaysmeet.com/Feb13RAK
        • leave comments, questions, etc.
    • Twitter
        • use hashtag #pdRAK  
    • Learning Times
        • go to link to connect with Elluminate (Webheads)
  • © SAP 2009 / Page Traditional Learning? Alternative Next Move?
  • Traditional Learning? Alternative Next Move? References Arina, T. (2009). Using Social Technologies to Run Better Events . Retrieved from http://www.editlib.org/p/30432 Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education. (2009, February 18). Spaces of Interaction: Rethinking Traditional Conferences. Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education . Retrieved June 22, 2009, from http://aace.org/university/archives/spaces/ Center for Learning & Performance Technologies. (n.d.). Top 100 Tools for Learning 2009. Center for Learning & Performance Technologies . Retrieved February 7, 2010, from http://www.c4lpt.co.uk/recommended/ Collis, B. (2009, February 20). Conferences and Learning . Presented at the Spaces for Interaction Conversation:, Online. Retrieved from http://www.editlib.org/p/30447 Karrer, T., Lentz, M., Couros, A., & Cormier, D. (2009). Panel, Engagement: Improving Conferences through Increased Participation . GLOBALU. Retrieved from http://www.editlib.org/p/30448    Stevens, V. (2009). After a Decade of Inroads, SUCCESS in Modeling Blended Learning in Theory AND Practice at F2F and Online Conferences . GLOBALU. Retrieved from http://www.editlib.org/p/30446    Weller, M. (2009, October 28). Cloudworks - Changing nature of conferences. Cloudworks . Retrieved December 8, 2009, from http://cloudworks.ac.uk/cloud/view/2577 Wikipedia. (n.d.). Connectivism (learning theory). Retrieved February 7, 2010, from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Connectivism_(learning_theory) Wikipedia. (n.d.). Constructivism (learning theory). Retrieved February 7, 2010, from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constructivism_(learning_theory)
  • Traditional Learning? Alternative Next Move? Thank you to
    • My daughter Manon / my wife Kris
    • for supporting my desire to present this .. Even though it happens to be on my daughter’s birthday
    • Ann Bailey / Will Moore
    • for being there on the phone with a welcoming voice and for supporting my efforts to realize this presentation
    • Vance Stevens
    • for encouraging me to test the muddy waters of Elluminate
    • Techies/ RAK Mens’ College
    • for staging such an event
    • You
    • for your participation