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Extended Care Professional Development Model

In 2008-2009 we developed and implemented our Extended Care model of faculty professional development. This model is based on our review of the literature on adult learning, training, and professional development; lessons we learned in our mentoring of individual faculty in the first two years of this project and the 3 years of the previous project; and our own experiences with professional development.  We use online social networking tools that are freely available to better serve our geographically dispersed and budget-challenged faculty.

The Extended Care Model
We begin with at least a half day face-to-face orientation that asks participants to arrive with assigned preparation work completed. The face-to-face meeting may provide an opportunity to give participants an immersion in a sample scenario-based task. Depending on the particular workshop, we may use the meeting time to complete assessment and SLO design exercises.

We then move to an online workshop format.

We continue to meet in a private online classroom for several weeks. The online classroom includes the tasks that the participants must complete, and contains threaded discussions forums, links to resources, and a place to upload and download files. Forms and files for participants are uploaded by instructors for the students to download. Participants turn in assignments by uploading files for the instructors to download, review and give feedback. Peer review is another important part of this process.

During our workshops. we also meet weekly in a free telewebconference. The archive for this telewebconference is available for later viewing. Participants can choose to supplement the online contact with private phone conferences as needed.

We provide co-instructors for each task to support the work of the instructor, provide expert advice, and provide additional feedback for the participants. Follow-up support continues in the private online classroom for a few weeks after the workshop tasks are completed. But we aren’t finished yet! Participants can continue the discussion in online forums here at learnpbl.com where experts, teachers, and researchers are available to answer questions and compare notes.

Please view a [list of our upcoming workshops] and register to join us!

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