Developing a Professional Development Collaboratory: August 18-31, 2008

Developing a Professional Development Collaboratory: August 18-31, 2008

Facilitator: Nancy Randall
Professional development opportunities for educational professionals abound but it can be a challenge for individuals to organize and manage the information. Many institutions have an open invitation to participate in pro-d activities but it's difficult to find out about them. There are many cases of informal exchanges of expertise across campuses but no mechanism for offering such services. In British Columbia we are working on an Professional Development Collaboratory project to address these challenges. The service will be extended beyond the boundaries of our province, with the goal of developing into the ideal venue for finding out about and sharing information about pro-d opportunities.

Through this SCoPE discussion we hope to build an inventory of exemplary sites, find out how other people have tackled the design of pro-d sites, and learn about various technologies to support what we want to accomplish.

Questions that we plan to investigate include:

a) What are examples of exemplary on-line professional development websites?
b) Why are these sites effective? What criteria describe these effective sites?
c) What factors encourage you to investigate an online professional development site?
d) What factors bring you back many times to these sites?
e) What factors encourage you to contribute?


Flyer (PDF) - Invite your colleagues!
Pro-D Collaboratory Wiki


DiscussionStarted byRepliesLast post
Winding down and summarizing photo of me taken by a short person :-)Sylvia Currie 0 Sylvia Currie
Wed, 3 Sep 2008, 9:59 AM
Cross institutional pro-d activities photo of me taken by a short person :-)Sylvia Currie 10 Jo Ann Hammond-Meiers
Tue, 2 Sep 2008, 8:12 AM
Welcome: Professional Development Collaboratory Picture of Nancy RandallNancy Randall 86 Deirdre Bonnycastle
Tue, 2 Sep 2008, 7:40 AM
Learning Collaboratory design and this week's focus Picture of Nancy RandallNancy Randall 3 Jo Ann Hammond-Meiers
Mon, 1 Sep 2008, 4:47 PM
Professional Development Definition and community writ large Picture of Paul BeaufaitPaul Beaufait 3 Paul Beaufait
Sun, 31 Aug 2008, 8:22 PM
Pro-D Collaboratory Wiki - Harvesting our Contributions photo of me taken by a short person :-)Sylvia Currie 5 Paul Beaufait
Wed, 27 Aug 2008, 4:57 PM
Self-directed, informal, online PD Picture of Christine HorganChristine Horgan 2 Christine Horgan
Fri, 22 Aug 2008, 9:00 AM