Tuesday, January 12, 2021

2021 #VEWDU: More professional benefits from our online PLC. That's a professional learning community. It has knowledge and resources. It needs organization

More professional benefits from our online PLC.   
That's a professional learning community.  
It has knowledge and resources.  
It needs organization.

The educators of the virtual worlds have a PLC

What does a PLC do?

  • Short answer: Fosters communication.
  • Supports networking and collaboration.
  • Supports exchange of knowledge and connection of inquiry to relevant knowledge.
  • An online PLC offers a bigger network and more potential collaborators.
  • And online is the place to be for handling knowledge.
  • But online has to handle asynchronous communication,


Who needs an online PLC?

  • Only educators who will work online or use online resources--now or later.

What can an online PLC offer?

  • Huge population of educators, so that there will almost always be subgroups with similar tasks.
  • Easy access: no travel time, no travel cost, no problem of child care. 
  • Knowledge storage and distribution: communications can be saved for asynchronous access.
  • Efficient inquiry and answers: A database can be developed to manage this.
  • Efficient networking:  A database can be developed to manage this.  
  • Visibility of projects: Social networks handle professional communication, too

What do we need? 

  • To handle large amounts of information: Databases
  • To search large volumes of information: Keywords

Keyword list

  • You can only access it if you can find it.
  • Keywords (they can be phases) are established names for important attributes.
  • They are used in text or database search to find places where the attribute is mentioned.
  • They would be collected by brainstorming in local groups.  
  • For some purposes, hashtag keywords may be used in the form: #hashtag.
  • The keyword set would probably have categories: education level, subject, 

Member database

  • For networking the important attributes are expertise, interests, and contact info.
  • Anyone who wants to participate actively in the PLC would be in the database.

Inquiry database

  • A common term is knowledge database (KB).
  • But you don't need a community to store knowledge.
  • You need a community to match inquiry with knowledge sources.
  • In a PLC, the most important knowledge sources are people with expertise.
  • So the inquiry database would be designed to refer an inquiry to its experts.
  • And if the Flipped Webinar concept in included it could develop a KB.
  • It would produce units of organized knowledge in response to inquiry.
  • If these units were preserved, links to them could be stored in the KB.
  • That would make them available in response to subsequent similar inquiries.  

Flipped webinars

Background on the online PLC


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