Best Practices in Globally Attended Professional Development


There are many things that folks can do on their own, without paid tools.
Recommended Best Practices:

  • Plan with the end goal in mind.
    • Consider carefully the needs of all attendees - speak to the passion of attendees.
    • Consider involving authentic experts - there are now few excuses not to bring in an expert voice.
    • Build a comfortable and easy-to-use environment (similar to )
    • Break the program into simple easy to follow steps as it’s easy to overwhelm attendees if a new concept for them
    • Clearly identify responsibilities of PD providers
  • Globally attended PD must be fluid.
    • Flexible during PD sessions
    • For local participants, 2 facilitators may be needed (one to focus on internal and one to focus on external participants)
    • Test all equipment the day prior to the session to help trouble shoot any potential issues
    • Chat moderator
  • Natural follow-up should be built into the course.
    • Involve participants in co-creating the follow-up learning experience (tagging and track-backs are important).
  • Take time to reflect.
    • What went well, what should be changed?
  • Have a central learning hub
    • Have one central location that’s easy to find and use such as a wiki or blog
    • Purpose is to:
      • Document and share what is covered in each sessions so attendees can easily refer back to it
      • Pull the reflections of the attendees into one location to make it easier for them to connect with each other
      • Model the type of practises you want them to learn how to use and be using with their students
  • Encourage attendees to continue learning outside of PD sessions
    • Provide incentives or encouragement that makes them want to continue to learn outside of the schedule session times
    • Make it easy for them to easily connect with other attendees online so they learn together as a community


Recommended (Free) Tools

    • Skype
    • Elluminate: 3-person v-room
    • Google Tools
    • Wikispaces
    • VoiceThread
    • Twitter with session hash tags (important to continue the conversation)