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 At Participate, we operate from a simple premise: professional learning should matter.

Learning that is done in service to or to enhance an ongoing career, doesn’t (or shouldn’t) have a definitive end. Building competence around new and evolving instructional practices, content areas or assessment options is an ongoing process, and learning needs change as competence develops. As former educators, instructional designers and education researchers, we partner with education organizations to support educators in having as much impact as possible through meaningful blended learning experiences.

Communities of Practice

Our work is rooted in the understanding that learning is a social activity. No matter the context, humans learn best and are quicker to find meaning in new concepts through collaboration and interaction with peers. 

Communities of Practice (CoPs) are collaborative spaces that engage learners in experiences around shared topics or goals. CoPs provide flexible, personalized and blended learning pathways of growth so that learners can utilize preferred learning methods such as online courses, group discussions or curated resource collections. CoPs are also supported by facilitators and peer mentors who work directly with community members to encourage collaboration, moderate discussions, offer guidance and provide productive feedback on course work and implementation of new practices.

Wenger-Trayner’s Introduction to Communities of Practice

Connected Educators: Exploratory Research on Designing Online Communities of Practice for Educators to Create Value

Connected Learning Alliance: What is Connected Learning?

Time-bound learning experiences

Within CoPs, time-bound learning experiences are intensive but manageable bursts of learning that help participants reach specific learning objectives while encouraging engagement and a sense of belonging to a group of individuals with a shared interest or passion. Effectively designed time-bound learning experiences lean on the following principles:

  • Facilitation and collaboration – Community-based and actively facilitated with continuous communication and plenty of opportunities for learners and facilitators to interact with and support one another.
  • Action research – Learners are challenged to actively incorporate learning into their everyday lives and to provide evidence of the impacts.
  • Variety and flexibility – Multiple entry points provide learners with a variety of synchronous and asynchronous activities to engage with, based on preference.
  • Sustainability – Learning beyond the experience itself supported by ongoing learning options that allow for flexibility and choice.

Global Report on Adult Learning and Education calls on countries to invest in lifelong learning

Digital Badging

Digital badges are tools for recognizing and celebrating educator achievements.  We utilize two types of digital badges to reward learner accomplishments: 

  • Digital certificate – Viewable, downloadable, shareable and printable certificates utilizing the Open Badge Infrastructure (OBI) 2.0 specifications. Digital certificates display learner name, issuer name, date of issue, expiration date (if applicable) and number of professional development hours earned. Submission of learning products for peer or expert review is not required to earn a digital certificate.
  • Micro-credentials – Utilize the same attributes and specifications of digital certificates but require the submission of learning products, and expert or peer review of those products, to be earned. Micro-credentials effectively track development of competency and accompany series of professional development courses designed to progressively support competency.

Advancing Digital Credentials and Competency-based Learning

About Open Badges

6 Things you need to know about digital badges for professional development

Our Partnership Cycle

We are deeply invested in supporting our partners. That’s why we have created a partnership cycle based on envisioning, building and nurturing your CoP. Each stage of our cycle will be aligned to your specific goals and vision and will bring that vision to life. 

 

Plan

To start your community, we work with you to craft a vision, set goals and identify key members of your team who will facilitate your CoP. Together, we’ll establish a timeline then review next steps to take in your CoP.

Design

During the design phase, we work with you to design and build learning experiences. We’ll help you gather and organize your content, provide a course design tool kit and test the courses to ensure they’re ready for your learners.

The 5 Steps of Instructional Design Thinking

Launch

When we launch your community together, we’ll work with you draft welcome messages, finalize materials and content and invite members to join your CoP through a branded link for easy access.

Engage

During the engage phase we’ll guide you in curating resources and facilitating discussions based on your learners’ needs and interests. We’ll help train peer reviewers, help you craft and amplify success stories and provide engagement and reporting support.Our goal as an organization is to provide meaningful learning experiences to educators. Everything we do is aligned to assuring that educators have access to the quality learning they deserve. Working together for the greater good means going above and beyond to redefine professional learning.

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We continually improve our process and look for ways to create bold and meaningful solutions with our customers.

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