What Professional Development (PD) practices, models, guidelines or frameworks are required to support effective uptake of emerging social practices and tools on the web?



Phew - this is a heavy one and yet so important - perhaps the core to effectively using Web 2.0 technologies in Vocational and Technical Education (VTE). Your thoughts on this one are very welcome! If you have already pondered it on your blog or wiki, on a podcast or slideshow leave us a link, or use the prompts below to share your thoughts.
  • What PD practice/s or model/s do you value most?
  • What was the best PD experience you have had? What made it so good?
  • What PD strategies do you believe are best suited to support individuals, groups and/or organisations to adopt the use of online social tools in their practice?
  • How will these PD strategies benefit individuals, groups and/or organisations in the adoption of online social tools in their practice?
  • What conditions need to exist to ensure a developed PD model or framework is effective?
  • What needs to change in VTE in Australia for a PD model or framework to be most effective in achieving the uptake of emerging social practices and tools on the web?
  • Don't forget to leave your name and contact details if you wish to be acknowledged - thanks.


Networked Professional Development - picked up these links to the Teacher Connect NSW LearnScope 06 project where Steven Parker talks about developing a networked PD model for organisational learning. http://odeo.com/audio/2240162/view
http://slideshare.net/sparker/teacherconnect-networked-professional-development
http://networklearning.blogspot.com/2006/11/organisation-innovation-info-flow.html
http://networklearning.blogspot.com/2006/11/networked-professional-development.html

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The following text may digress from the specific topic of social practices and tools on the web however I want to begin my first "formal" attempt at a WIKI by saying that I value enormously the opportunities that Learnscope and the AFL has presented to me to extend my knowledge and understanding of a range of general e-learning concepts and the use of digital technology in teaching and learning. In many ways my PD journey began with the challenge I set myself to write a submission and win a Learnscope project. This was the driver that ientified my own expectations. I found that the trick to identifying my own personal and private expectations was to meet the expectations of other stakeholders in ways that were innovative and contributed to the body of work that was being developed through other professional development activities.. The initial challenge for me was to try to present a project to the funding body using the language that they understood and in a way that convinced them that I had the capability to produce an outcome that would result in a win win for all the stakeholders. This meant that I had to do a lot of homework before I even got to the starting line. This homework usually set the scene for how I went about achieving the outcomes that I proposed in my submission. I generally do a lot of networking, (this means staying in touch with a wide range of people and letting them know what I have been up to as well as sharing my thoughts and ideas with them) I also like being gregarious and keeping up with what's happening at the cutting edge. I read what other like minded people and not so like minded people have to say about particular issues relating to digital learning and the use of technology in teaching and learning. I suppose that not everyone has this method or model behind them. Models or guidelines that I use are based on my experiences and I suppose my enthusiasm is what focuses attention on what I do or propose . It is a bit like being a kid and building a billy kart with limited skills, knowledge and experience, you know that you want to have fun but you have to do it yourself. You have to find the materials , put it together, get a few others involved to give you a push with the expectation that they too can get a go. You then find a hill that scares the hell out of you. You start not too far up with a flat area at the bottom where you can slow down and get off. As you get confident you take more risks, you go higher and faster. You also have to find ways to stop because crashing hurts. The story grows from there and you are on your way with a history and experience that you can build on, the bruises and cuts add credibility to your achievements. I just wish that I had access to some of the current multimedia technology in the seventies so that I could have recorded the way it was. I am sure that if I had this type of resource I could use it to help young people identify whether they were more interested in the manual arts, multimedia, other career options or just wanting to go along for the ride. I'll leave it there for now as i've just got an idea for developing a new resource!!!!