Module 10. Informal and Lifelong Learning

This module provides an introduction to lifelong learning and professional learning communities.

This module addresses the following standards:

  • The online teacher understands the need for professional activity and collaboration beyond school (e.g. professional learning communities). OTE.9.K.1

Watch

Watch the following videos, and consider:

  • What is lifelong learning?
  • Why is lifelong learning important for your students?
  • Why is lifelong learning important for you?

Watch the following video, and consider:

  • How might a PLC improve education?
  • What does it take to make a PLC work well?
  • How does this apply to teaching online?

Read

Read the following web pages, and consider:

  • What is a PLC?
  • Why are PLCs valuable?
  • How do we build PLCs that work?
Learning Point Associates. (2009). Professional learning communities: What is a PLC? The Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement.
Learning Point Associates. (2009). Professional learning communities: Elements that define a PLC? The Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement.

Discussion and Reflection Questions

  • How can online educators build PLCs with one another?
  • What might these PLCs look like?
  • What kinds of data or practices could be shared?
  • What step should we take together next, now that this course is ending?