Emerging Models of PD

Recent research shows that the methods and tools for PD have expanded and continue to do so with the improvement of communication and sharing technologies.

There are numerous types of continuous professional development that can be combined into a planned, interlinked program. What follows are some of the many types of PD available.

The Big Question is Motivation

  1. How do you get faculty to attend?
  2. How do you get faculty to participate?
  3. How do you measure satisfaction, usefulness, etc. in spite of audience size?

See Tapping the Trinity of Instrinsic Motivation by Amy Jo Kim. About Gaming but applies to PD.<http://amyjokim.com/2014/03/12/tapping-the-trinity-of-instrinsic-motivation/>

How Do You React To Bad PD?

Many Ideas for PD


Take advantage of all the experienced and expert practitioners by attending sessions they may give at conferences, webinars, following them on Twitter, reading articles and books, participating in online events or blogs.

F2F mini-workshops
These are what we are used to when we think of traditional PD. Educators may get a lot more out of smaller, more intimate workshops where there is the opportunity to discuss and debate ideas and opinions and take away ideas for activities and to reflect on.

Online communities
These may include an interactive virtual conferences, online conferences, blogs, Twitter Chats, or other forums and discussion boards set up to encourage participation by educators from all over the world.

Talking informally
These days you can "talk informally" face to face, online, in chats, blogs, Twitter Chats and more.

Reading or Book groups
While reading is done individually, what is learned can be formalized in discussion in a reading group. Set a text to read and come together with colleagues a few weeks later to discuss its content. This activity can also be done face to face or virtually.

Programmed or individual action research
You may be lucky enough to be in a position to do research which shed light on what is going at your institution. Programmed action research is research that educators do and can learn from. Individual action research is smaller in scale and means studying your students or yourself in the classroom.

Writing and Reflection
Keeping a blog and reflecting on your teaching is a good way to start and there are plenty of models out there to learn from. The preparation and research necessary teaches you as much as the writing itself.

This is often the first thing people think of when they think about professional development. These days there are many free courses, min-courses and MOOCs for PD.

Membership of professional bodies
This can provide opportunities and facilitation of many of the areas above, and there is often so much offered by a professional body that it justifies the membership fee. Prepare to be active!

Critical Friends Groups (CFG)
A professional learning community consisting of approximately 8-12 educators who come together voluntarily at least once a month for about 2 hours. Members are committed to improving their practice through collaborative learning.

Community of Practice (CoP)
A CoP is group of professionals with shared interests and challenges who meet on an ongoing basis to improve their professional practice and that of their organizations.

Curriculum Review or Mapping Groups
Faculty meet on a regular basis to review what they are teaching, reflect together on impact of and assumptions that underlie the curriculum, make decisions collaboratively.

Peer Coaching
Educators consult with one another, to discuss and share teaching practices, to observe each others courses, to promote collegiality and support, and to help ensure quality teaching for all students.

Personal Learning Network (PLN)
A group of people who guide each other's learning, point you to learning opportunities, answer your questions, and give you the benefit of their own knowledge and experience.

Professional Learning Communities (PLC)
The faculty and administrators continuously seek and share learning and then act on what they learn. The goal of their actions is to enhance their effectiveness as professionals so that students benefit.

Self-Directed Learning
The sky is the limit. Choose your own PD adventure.

Professional Development Portfolios
Faculty are expected to create their own PD portfolio based on specific criteria or what they feel they need to know and/or learn more about.

Smack Down
Share 3 apps or websites other teachers might like to use

Do It Yourself PD

Sample Lunch & Learn Schedule


Cube template to make "App Dice"

What about those high success low threshold PD examples?

PD MOOCs - Case Study: ETMOOC


Unconference - Live or Virtual

TweetChats - Case Study: TX Educator Chat

Pinterest - Case Study: Maker Board

27 Ways to Spice Up a Faculty Meeting

Collaboration Tools

Socially Networked Learning for PD from Jackie Gerstein