In November, I was invited to present at the National Writing Project Annual Meeting. During my presentation I shared the Friday Institute's MOOC-Ed and micro-credentialing work with the goal of building the NWP partners' capacity to build scaleable professional development for educators. As a group we discussed what makes professional development work and the challenges in translating research-based best practices for PD into the online context through MOOC-Eds and micro-credentials.
As a group we found that the potential to leverage online learning platforms for professional development for teachers and university faculty is great but it requires thoughtful decision making and design. As organizations it is important to consider our values and goals and use them thoughtfully to ensure that online learning experiences are valuable for teachers.
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