Please Note: This course has varying hours depending on the type of credit you need. See Below.
High-quality professional learning is essential for addressing today’s educational challenges, and online communities of practice and social networks offer a powerful opportunity to strengthen such learning. Based on information gathered from the U.S. Department of Education Office of Educational Technology, this course offers evidence for the efficacy of these avenues for professional learning and an argument for the importance of integrating them. In addition, a model and set of design principles for integrating and selecting professional learning strategies is presented.
1. Identify the need for professional learning and collaboration, and how educators can embrace online communities of practice and social networks to meet these needs.
2. Discuss the value and benefits of online communities of practice and social networking for educators.
3. Summarize the method, purpose, structure, and focus of the Connected Learning Communities Model of integration.
4. Describe ways that district leaders can motivate educators to become connected to learning communities or deepen their existing connections by formally or informally endorsing such endeavors.
5. Outline the design principals that support integration of online communities of practice and social learning networks.
6. Review the qualities of professional learning experiences that are most likely to impact teaching and learning.
7. Summarize the specific steps of action to be taken by districts as they implement and fine-tune professional learning strategies.
Did you know you can now get UNLIMITED Continuing Education Credit Hours for only $95/year?
Click Here to learn more.
Course Date: 2018-06-01
Our courseware includes the text content found on our websites as well as video, audio, and exam questions that make up our courses. You can link to and access our courseware free of charge for personal use. You may not modify or redistribute our courseware under any circumstances.
Although we allow free access for personal use, you may not use our courseware for any commercial purposes without an agreement in place. This includes (but is not limited to) using our courseware for internal training, redistributing our courseware for sale, and copying all or parts of any of our courseware.
If you're interested in licensing our content for commercial purposes or have any other questions, please contact email@example.com.
We will disclose, in advance, any proprietary interest in any product, instrument, device, service, or material to be discussed during the learning event, as well as the source of any third-party compensation related to the presentation. This policy applies to both our organization and contractors. If such proprietary/financial interests exist, we will publish a disclaimer in marketing or instructional materials for a course.
No conflict of interest was identified for this learning activity for individuals in a position to control content.
In order to view this course, you will need to be able to view a PDF document for the course material. If your device doesn't have the capability to view a PDF, you can click here to download Adobe Acrobat for free.