LC Traditional or Non Traditional Approaches to Professional Learning Discussion

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Part 1: Traditional or Non-Traditional Approaches?

Does your organization employ traditional or non-traditional approaches for enhancing professional learning?

Do the strategies provide access to diverse communities? Explain your answer.

  • What value does the input from diverse constituents provide to organizational success?
  • Part 2: Social Media and Professional Learning
  • How does your organization interpret and utilize social media trends as a vehicle for improving professional learning?

What are the benefits and challenges of using social media as a communication tool to improve professional learning in diverse settings?

How can the challenges be alleviated?


Our county has recently worked towards providing non-traditional approaches to reach each teacher as a learner. During my first year in the county, our professional learning sessions were very “cookie-cutter.” All teacher for the specific department listened to the same progression of speakers who discussed a certain topic in the hopes we learned the material and could then go apply it. In more recent years, professional developments have become differentiated by subject and interest to allow teachers the choice of sessions. Typically, the district will provide the choice of sessions for teachers to go and sign up for. The ability to choose a session of interest helps engage teachers and provides for a better experience for the teachers and the presenters. The implementation of choice allows for diversity among the sessions rather than keeping the sessions always grouped by department. For certain topics, remaining with math teachers for the development is beneficial. But for other topics, it is helpful to hear perspectives from teachers of other subjects and grades in an effort towards overall growth as an educator. Incorporating different perspectives helps grow the educational organization as it helps teachers keep in mind what is necessary for the success of the student in all aspects of education, not just one certain grade or subject.

It’s hard to imagine anything that has had as great of an impact on education in recent years as technology, and specifically social media. The influence is a two-way street, as technology and education impact each other. “Technology is understood through the social and cultural context in which it is exists, while also contributing to the shaping of this social and cultural context (Adie, 2014, p. 65)”. Schools that leverage technology use it to shape the social and cultural framework, and in turn the social and cultural framework dictates the extent that schools leverage the technology. In focusing solely on social media, our school and our district utilizes the platforms to promote professional learning, but not as a means of conducting a professional learning. By promoting professional learning, the district can use the social media presence to gain recognition and possibly renowned presenters for future professional development sessions. Professional developments can utilize the social media world as an activity within the session, however teachers not involved with the social media world may feel left out. Providing teachers access to social media even if they do not have an account will help keep all members of the professional development involved and may stem members to create their own, promoting the educational organization.


Adie, L. (2014). Towards a Theoretical Framework for Online Professional Discussions. Journal of Learning Design, 7(3), 54–66.


Part 1

The district I work in is very large and very diverse. There are eight elementary schools, two middle schools and one high school, so there is a wide variety of populations that educators and administrators serve. As a whole I feel like my school/district employ a mix of traditional and nontraditional practices. We are a one to one district so all students and staff have a technology device and a lot of instruction revolves around center activities and we also implement student led conferences to make student accountable for their learning. However, we are traditional as well because teacher based instruction in the main form of instruction and the student centered, supports the main instruction. As for educators and professional learning opportunities, they approach is very traditional. We are still meeting in lecture type workshops that include handouts and some collaborative experiences.

The strategies for student learning definitely provide access for the diverse school populations. Students have different needs and giving them the ability to own their learning and reflect allows for a lot of growth across the board. As for the professional learning opportunities for educators, I would say that no, the opportunities do not access all communities. For example, I am in a school with very low parental involvement, which correlates to our reading levels, because parents are not reading at home with their children. But, there are other schools in the district that have high parental involvement with high reading levels. It is no really fair for me to attend a workshop on how to enrich your high level students, I need a workshop that helps engage readers and connects families to reading. I will say however, as educators we have opportunities to reflect on experiences and provide feedback to our school. So, when it comes to the value of input, when we do voice what we need or want, our school does accommodate. For example, we have been having a lot of building teachers run professional learning opportunities with approaches that have worked for them, because we share the same population. This allows for a community type practice, where teachers are learning from each other and learning occurs between group members (Campana, 2014).

Part 2

Our organization is big on technology and social media, so when it comes to interpreting and utilizing social media trends as a vehicle for improving professional learning, I would say we definitely capitalize on the opportunities. For example, teachers are encouraged to have a teacher Twitter account to follow coaches and share activities that have been going on in the classroom and make pushes in the district. With that being said, I think the social media aspect had benefitted teachers throughout the district. Educators also tag what out of district professional developments they go to and turn key information back to schools, which is very much appreciated. Social media is huge in our district so I think the only challenge it presents may be information can be misleading or it might not get shared around enough. In order alleviate the challenges, the district can have a “home base” platform that can filter through any information.


Campana, J. (2014). Learning for work and professional development: The significance of informal learning networks of digital media industry professionals. International Journal of Training Research, 12(3), 213–226.

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Module 5: Determining Factors Driving Success Part 3 Transcript: Points to Remember NOTES As a summary, here are some key points to remember about professional learning from the leader’s perspective. Designing, developing, facilitating, and implementing research-based professional development and training for diverse educational, organizational, and community settings can have a positive and lasting impact on achievement and organizational health. Interpreting and implementing best practice strategies for successful implementation and continual improvement through professional learning based on educational, organizational, and community needs can also contribute to a positive climate and culture within diverse school and organizational settings. Evaluating traditional and non-traditional strategies for effectively implementing and sustaining best practices for professional learning in diverse settings may assist educational leaders in meeting the needs of all learners, including students in educational settings, and promote higher levels of performance. Effectively analyzing social, political, and economic dynamics as they apply to levels of collaboration and communication in diverse professional settings can assist educational leaders in determining which professional learning strategies are most applicable. Successfully developing appropriate platforms for internal and external stakeholders to address challenging or controversial issues throughout diverse educational, organizational, and community settings can be enhanced through high-quality and relevant professional learning and staff development. Developing, implementing, and sustaining consistent conflict resolution and mediation strategies designed to improve communication throughout organizations, communities, and © 2016 American College of Education 1 NOTES other professional settings through professional learning and staff development may foster higher levels of success throughout the school community. Identifying and eliminating social, economic, and logistical barriers to ensure collaborative communication processes through professional learning and staff development also demonstrates a health respect for diversity among stakeholders. Utilizing technology to enhance professional communication, improve organizational planning, and promote visionary goals through professional learning and staff development also can have a tremendous impact on building leadership capacity. © 2016 American College of Education 2 Module 5: Determining Factors Driving Success Part 2 Transcript: Strategies for Success NOTES For educational leaders to effectively design, lead, implement, manage, and sustain quality professional learning, they must seek out and eliminate barriers to student success. While some studies may indicate the impact demographics can have on learning, attitudes, motivation, and experiences, Muilenburg and Berge (2005) showed, as the popularity of the Internet grows, so does the potential for online learning. The study also supports the “no significant difference” theory in regard to the overall effectiveness of well-designed online learning when compared to face-to-face settings. Several strategies leaders can use to help professional learners achieve success are:     Maintain awareness of each individual learner’s areas of strengths to build on those strengths while striving to promote the highest levels of achievement. Identify and eliminate any existing performance gaps among learner groups to enable leading staff and employees to higher levels of performance and achievement. Rely on valuable data, assessments, observations, and learner performance, to assist with improving the overall quality of instruction and assessment in the professional learning environment. Take immediate action to continue to monitor, assess, and achieve higher levels of excellence for 100% of staff and employees. One final note, quality professional learning can effectively support all of these strategies in both online and face-to-face educational environments. © 2016 American College of Education 1 Module 5: Determining Factors Driving Success Part 1 Transcript: Personalization and Facilitation of Online Learning NOTES Over time, we are transitioning from a teacher-centered approach to learning to a learner-centered approach. We have learned to appreciate the value of a “student-centered” environment. The increased integration of technology is moving learning further along on the continuum to personalized learning. “Through technology, researchers are making progress in realizing the personalized learning dream,” according to “The missing link is the instructional design perspective that understands the impact of emotions and intentions and embraces a truly personal understanding of how individuals want, or intend, to learn differently.” adds that there are many ways to personalize learning through the development of a personalization framework, including: • Name Recognition Personalization Name recognition personalization is useful because most people value being acknowledged as an individual. As an example, the learner’s name appears at the top of the screen or previous accomplishments are marked. • Self-Managed Personalization Self-managed personalization enables learners (using questionnaires, surveys, registration forms, and comments) to describe preferences and common attributes. As an example, learners may take a precourse quiz to identify existing skills, learning preferences, or past experiences. Afterward, solutions appear based on the learner-provided answers. • Segmented Personalization Segmented personalization uses demographics, geographics, psychographics, or other information to © 2016 American College of Education 1 NOTES divide or segment learning populations into smaller, identifiable and manageable groups for personalization. As an example, learners that share a common job title or work in a certain department would receive content based on prescriptive rules that would support the learning and performance requirements for that specific segmented group. • Cognitive-Based Personalization Cognitive-based personalization uses information about learning preferences or styles from a primarily cognitive perspective to deliver content specifically targeted to differing learner attributes. As an example, learners may choose to use an audio option because they prefer hearing text rather than reading it. Or, a learner may prefer the presentation of content in a linear fashion, rather than a random presentation with hyperlinks. This type of personalization operates on more complex algorithms than the other types and is able to factor more learner attributes into each interaction. This type of personalization generally works by collecting data, monitoring learning activity, comparing that activity with other learner behavior, and predicting what the user would like to do or see next. • Whole-Person Personalization Whole-person personalization seeks to understand the deep-seated psychological sources (more than the conventional cognitive-based prescriptions) impacting differences in learning behavior, make predictions about delivering content, and deliver content specifically to help the learner achieve learning objectives and more importantly, improve learning ability and enhance online learning relationships. As the individual learns, the system also learns as it collects data, tracks progress, and compares responses and common patterns to improve responses, i.e., it becomes more precise over time. In its most sophisticated form, whole-person personalization requires real-time personalization to modify responses to a learner based on a changing © 2016 American College of Education 2 NOTES perception throughout the learning experiences, as it occurs (like an instructor in the box). Evans (2012) describes the positive impact of online education stating online institutions have “experienced an increase in both enrollment numbers as well as the validity of accrediting agencies that endorse their programs.” Additionally, he states, “A solid professional reputation achieved by online higher education institutions reassures employers that degrees earned is as equally credible as degrees earned at a “brick and mortar” college or university. © 2016 American College of Education 3
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Approaches to Professional Learning

Part 2: Social Media and Professional Learning

Professional learning is vital in enhancing the growth and development of employees.

An organization can adopt either a traditional approach to professional learning or a
non-traditional approach to professional learning.

My organization focuses on a non-traditional mode of professional learning where the
management allows the employees to develop ways to enhance the same.

Collaboration is essential in any organization because it enables the employee to
create support communities within the institution that enhances continuous learning
and development

Part 2: Social Media and Professional Learning

It is essential to identify and acknowledge that social media is emerging as the critical
platform for professional learning

The main benefit of using social media as a mode of communication in an
organization is conveying the information to the target population


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With professional learning, an organization can equip its employees with the requisite skills they

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