Moving professional development to professional learning
I participated in the #21stedchat tonight, which occurs weekly on Sunday at 7pm CT. I thought I might just be an observer because I really didn’t want to do this assignment, but as soon as the first question was asked, I was all over it. It took a few responses for me to figure out / remember I needed to include the #21stedchat in every reply or it wouldn’t show up in the chat.
I found it interesting that one of the questions was directed at graduate students who were attending. The moderator asked if we were receiving credit for participating.
Twitter chats are very fast paced, especially if you’re trying to read everyone’s response. But, on to tonight’s topic.
Tonight’s topic was how do we move from professional development to professional learning? Questions and my answers are as follows:
Q1: How do you define professional development (PD) versus professional learning (PL)?
A1: I see PD as passive and PL as active. (2 likes)
Q2: Who should be in control of the PD/PL? In Michigan, our MDE says the district has to offer 30 hours. MI Dept of Ed doesn’t require anything specific.
A2: It makes sense to me that the determination of what is required should be local rather than at the state level.
Q3: How would you like to learn? Get your PD/PL?
A3: I use a combination of live classes and online to match my schedule and learning needs. It also depends on how familiar I am with a subject. If it is something new, I prefer live classes.
Q4: Who should be the “teachers” of the PD/PL?
A4: True experts in their field with many years of actual experience. (4 likes)
Q5: What should you do when you find yourself in a soul crushing PD?
A5: Just tolerate and try to make the nest of it by asking relevant questions that could relate to your own experience. (1 like)
Q6: How many of you use Twitter chats for your learning? And should it count toward PD credits?
A6: First time on a Twitter chat, but I think these are more of the Professional Learning than PD, so no, they should count.
Q6a: Those of you in undergrad and grad classes here tonight are you getting “credit” for participating?
A6a: Yes, it is an assignment, in which I have to write 500-750 words about. I’m enjoying it too, which is a bonus.
I also replied to one attendee who wrote she thought that Twitter chats should count as PD. I replied asking her how she could define and measure learning outcomes from them? She didn’t reply, but someone liked it. (1 like)
So, as part of this assignment, I’ve begun to follow many new resources including @TweetDeck, EdTechReview @etr_in, @UNTCOI, @EduMatch, @AECTTechTrends, No Box Thinking @nbtchat, @txeduchat, @AECT, @LearnTechLib, and many more. I think I have definitely found a new learning channel that provides many perspectives on questions and that broadens our minds.