Looking forward to the Professional Learning Community! Goal, Hopes, and More

What is a professional learning community and why be in one? I’ve had the fortune of being in a positive, growth-focused professional learning community (part of the Quality Enhancement Plan) at UT Arlington since 2012!

Co-Facilitators are: Melanie Mason (Dept. of Communications) and Nila Veerabathina (Dept. of Physics). The project is led by Andrew Clark and supported by the Provost’s office. Justin Dellinger (UTA Link Lab) helps behind the scenes.

At my university, we have a Professional Learning Community comprised of faculty and staff who gather about once or twice a month to collaborate, talk, and work towards learning together on a shared topic. We apply our knowledge towards a spring project which is focused either on best practices or action-research and individual, but around a common theme, in this case, virtual teamwork.

This year I will be facilitating-as part of team-a professional learning community. The goal of the group is multi-faceted: 1) learn together 2) grow together professionally around a shared subject: virtual teamwork in higher education teaching and 3) network. These all go together. PLC’s are an informal way to share ideas, talk outside of the constraints of formal meetings (although we will be gathering together at designated times).

Some of the topics we will be talking about (starter list of broad-based questions to consider):

  1. What is virtual teamwork? How does it function across various subjects inside and outside of higher education? What frameworks of learning and development inform virtual teamwork (e.g., networked learning, distributed learning).
  2. Who is doing the teamwork? Examples: instructor-focused virtual teamwork; instructor-staff teamwork; instructor-student teamwork (e.g,. digital mentoring);
  3. What are the tools of virtual teamwork and what are the “best practices” of connecting, both formally and informally?
  4. What are useful and practical ways to incorporate virtual teamwork into online and/or face-to-face courses? We will likely take a baby steps approach here and not try to bite off too much right away.

I’m a huge fan of the cross-pollination approach to learning, informally, where we can share ideas across departments and content areas. I love that PLC is a semi-grassroots, yet sanctioned, way to learn together. Looking forward to sharing ideas!

In addition, we’ll likely have some guest speakers and will be reading from three books and some additional readings. The three books from Harvard Business Press are:

1. Leading Virtual Teams

2.   Virtual Collaboration

3.   Running Virtual Meetings

Drawing on ideas from Jennifer Thoma, Amy Hutchison and colleagues (Thomas, Hutchison, Johnson, & Stromer, 2017) on facilitating PLC’s we will discuss and do the following in our meet-ups. Some of the meet-ups will take place virtually so we can enact the ideas of virtual teamwork:

  1. Talk about our aligned mission and aims.
  2. Regularly reflect on our teaching practice.
  3. Engage in reflective discussion.
  4. Provide feedback to one another on application of ideas to teaching, our own professional development, and new learning.
  5. Maintain a focus on learners.

Looking forward to a great year of learning, networking, and productively hanging out!!!!

Last year’s projects are here and overview video highlights are here! 

Reference:

Thoma, J., Hutchison, A., Johnson, D., Johnson, K., & Stromer, E. (2017). Planning for Technology Integration in a Professional Learning Community. The Reading Teacher71(2), 167-175.

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  19. کتاب مرد آلفا
    فقط اگر خودت آلفا هستی و ریس بازی
    درمیاری لطفا هرگز با مرد آلفا وارد رابطه نشو.

    تمیز دادن مردان آلفای واقعی از
    مردان آلفای ساختگی کار سختی نیست،
    کافیست… مرد آلفا می داند کیست ، ارزشهای او حاکم بر زندگی اوست.
    او از این ارزشها گمراه نمی شود
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    او می داند که هیچ چیز عالی بدون انجام کار سخت و داشتن یک هدف مشخص بدست نمی آید.

    مرد آلفا می‌داند که اینشتین
    نیست و همین یک محرک قدرتمند است که به او کمک می‌کند دانش بیشتری کسب کند.
    تیپ شخصیتی گاما را در آن گروهی
    از مردان می‌توان دید که به مسائل
    پیرامونشان توجه زیادی
    دارند. آن‌ها به‌شدت بر رفتار خود و تأثیری که بر دیگران می‌‌گذارند آگاه هستند، درنتیجه
    بسیار مراقبند که رفتارشان تأثیری منفی بر نزدیکانشان نگذارد.

    نر یک نر آلفا است – رفتار او برای تسخیر
    هر چه بیشتر زنان است. او میل جنسی بالایی دارد سطح بالافرمون ها مانند
    پروانه ها زنان را به سمت او جذب می کنند.
    او همیشه در محاصره است توجه زنانهو نگاه
    های تحسین برانگیز، اما خودشیفتگی ندارد، او همان است که هست و این حقیقت اوست.

    من توی پیج اینستاگرام شادزیستی کلی اموزش های
    جالب استوری می کنم! بهتره که سبک گفتگوی مرد آلفات رو دربیاری و در موضوعات مورد علاقه اون این بحث ها
    رو تعیین و تشخیص بدی. زنانی که اهل کتاب خوندن و نظر و مسایل مختلف روز هستند تو این
    دسته خوب خودشون رو عزیز می کنند.
    مگر این که یه آلفای ضعیف باشه و اعتماد
    بنفس نداشته باشه و البته بخواهد یه
    آلفا باشه! چون یه مرد آلفا واقعا توی تمام شرایط نمی تونه کنترل رو حفظ کنه.
    بسیاری از مردم فکر می‌کنند جذابیت به ژنتیک آن‌ها بستگی دارد و
    اگر صاحب‌… [newline]پوشت یکی از جذاب‌ترین و در عین حال
    ارزان‌ترین اکسسوری‌های مردانه است
    که…
    این فقط نقاط قوت مرد آلفا نیست که او
    را جذاب می‌کند، بلکه او به عیوب خود هم آگاه است و سعی در پنهان کردن آنها
    ندارد. نقاط ضعف یک مرد آلفا به هیچ وجه نمی‌توانند او را
    ناتوان کنند، چرا که او سعی می‌کند بر آنها غلبه کرده و ضعف‌هایش را به نقاط قوت تبدیل کند.

    23- مردان آلفا در طول تاریخ (آشیل ، ویلیام والاس و ناپلئون )، فرصتی را دیدند که دیگرانآن را شکست دیدند.

    آنها به روند پیشرفت خود تعهد دارند، اما
    به یک دید سرشار از خودشیفتگی که توانایی آنها را در ایجاد یک وجود
    غنی و چندوجهی مختل می‌کند، گره
    نخورده‌اند. نکته مهمی که باید بدانید، این است که در گذشته از مردان آلفا با عنوان مردانی مغرور، پرخاشگر، کنترل‌گر و پر سر و صدا یاد می‌شد.
    اما در حال حاضر و در قرن ۲۱، ویژگی‌های شخصیتی
    یک مرد آلفا تکامل یافته که در ادامه به ۱۵ مورد از بارزترین این ویژگی‌ها اشاره می‌کنیم.

    مردان گاما ترکیبی از هر تیپ شخصیتی مردانه یا یک نسخه
    بالغ تر از مردان آلفا هستند .
    به همین دلیل هرگز حس نمی‌کنند که کنترل زندگی‌شان را از دست داده‌اند چون
    هر کاری که کردند واقعا می‌خواستند
    که انجام دهند و نتیجه‌اش هم حاصل همان کار است، چه خوب باشد و چه بد.
    آنها تقصیرها را به گردن دیگران نمی‌اندازند بلکه حتی اگر نتیجه بدی
    را کسب کنند، قبول می‌کنند که خودشان
    این کار را کرده‌اند. درک اقدامات سیاسی روسیه، به ویژه در حوزه سیاست خارجی، مستلزم هوشیاری است و
    تحلیل هوشیارانه روانشناسی سیاسی پوتین.
    این امر مستلزم درک عمیق‌تری از چهره‌ها، حساسیت و رفتارهای پوتین است.
    این مسئله وی را به رئیس جمهوری
    محبوب که همواره بالای ۷۰ درصد مردم از وی حمایت کرده‌اند تبدیل کرده است
    محبوبیتی که هیچ سیاستمدار دیگری در
    روسیه نخواهد توانست به آن دست یابد.
    سابقا تصور می‌شد یک مرد آلفا همیشه دیگران را برای بالا بردن خود پایین می‌کشد.

    اغلب بدن مردان عضله ای است و کم تر دیده می شود این
    دسته از مردان چاق یا بیش از حد تپل باشند زیرا آن ها ترجیح می‌ دهند در هر زمینه‌ای خودشان را به ایده آل ترین حالت ممکن برسانند.
    همچنین آن ها در انتخاب لباس خود نیز دقت ویژه دارند و سعی می‌کنند مناسب ترین لباس را
    برای خود انتخاب کنند. آن ها از مد گریزانند و ترجیح می‌دهند ظاهری شیک و مناسب داشته باشد.

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