Designing for Scalability in a National Online Professional Development Program: A Case Study
Wednesday, November 16 1:30-1:50 PM Location: Whitney
Abstract: Project Learning Tree (PLT) supports formal and nonformal educators through professional development workshops and supplemental curriculum materials. In 2015, PLT launched three online self-paced workshops mirroring best practices in online learning and teacher professional development. One of the crucial challenges in designing and delivering these workshops has been the diversity of the United States, specifically the natural diversity of the environment and differences in educator requirements by state. In this presentation, we share how we addressed the issue of scalability to meet the needs of educators across the country. We discuss features of the online workshops that allow for customization, from the delivery platform to the design of the online content, and the critical role of PLT’s state partners in leading the customization.