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MACUL 09 Presentation - Online Professional Learning Communities

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MACUL - Online PLCs

  1. 1. Creating an Online Professional Learning Community Stephen Best MACUL 2009
  2. 2. Objectives
  3. 3. Objectives • Review the focus and goals of PLCs (professional learning communities) to consider elements for successful implementation
  4. 4. Objectives • Review the focus and goals of PLCs (professional learning communities) to consider elements for successful implementation • Consider strategies for online PLCs by analyzing examples of such sites and what works (and doesn’t work)
  5. 5. Objectives • Review the focus and goals of PLCs (professional learning communities) to consider elements for successful implementation • Consider strategies for online PLCs by analyzing examples of such sites and what works (and doesn’t work) • Show tools that allow you to create your own online PLC
  6. 6. What is a PLC?
  7. 7. What is a PLC? • Professional
  8. 8. What is a PLC? • Professional • Learning
  9. 9. What is a PLC? • Professional • Learning • Community
  10. 10. Key Qualities of a PLC
  11. 11. Key Qualities of a PLC • Led by teachers with open participation
  12. 12. Key Qualities of a PLC • Led by teachers with open participation • Focus is on improving practice (and student learning)
  13. 13. Key Qualities of a PLC • Led by teachers with open participation • Focus is on improving practice (and student learning) • Convene often with a general focus/goals
  14. 14. Key Qualities of a PLC • Led by teachers with open participation • Focus is on improving practice (and student learning) • Convene often with a general focus/goals • May have a discernible outcome or product
  15. 15. Problems of “PLCs”
  16. 16. Problems of “PLCs” • Range of implementation efforts called “PLCs”, but few fit the original design or definition - Mandatory involvement - Top down decision making and structure - Skill or task focused - No ownership for participants
  17. 17. Problems of “PLCs” • Range of implementation efforts called “PLCs”, but few fit the original design or definition - Mandatory involvement - Top down decision making and structure - Skill or task focused - No ownership for participants • Not the same as other types of PD
  18. 18. Considerations
  19. 19. Considerations • Needs to be compelling for teachers to participate
  20. 20. Considerations • Needs to be compelling for teachers to participate • Should have a relatively short (up to 6 months) focus or reason for being initially
  21. 21. Considerations • Needs to be compelling for teachers to participate • Should have a relatively short (up to 6 months) focus or reason for being initially • Collaboration is critical - not just cooperation
  22. 22. Considerations • Needs to be compelling for teachers to participate • Should have a relatively short (up to 6 months) focus or reason for being initially • Collaboration is critical - not just cooperation • Should relate to the teaching being done, not just an idea
  23. 23. Considerations • Needs to be compelling for teachers to participate • Should have a relatively short (up to 6 months) focus or reason for being initially • Collaboration is critical - not just cooperation • Should relate to the teaching being done, not just an idea • Relies on trust, common goals, and shared experiences
  24. 24. Design of the PLC • Mix of small and large group activities or discussion • Incorporates strategies and tools to address the goal directly and easily • Provides incentives to build participation (enough to make it a “habit”) • Establishes norms of practice
  25. 25. Collaborative Tools for PLCs
  26. 26. Collaborative Tools for PLCs • Wikis
  27. 27. Collaborative Tools for PLCs • Wikis • Blogs
  28. 28. Collaborative Tools for PLCs • Wikis • Blogs • Social Networks
  29. 29. Collaborative Tools for PLCs • Wikis • Blogs • Social Networks • “Sharing sites”
  30. 30. Collaborative Tools for PLCs • Wikis • Blogs • Social Networks • “Sharing sites” • Course Management Tools (i.e. Moodle)
  31. 31. Collaborative Tools for PLCs • Wikis • Blogs • Social Networks • “Sharing sites” • Course Management Tools (i.e. Moodle) • Customized Sites

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