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