Professional Learning Outline

Professional Learning Plan Outline for Our Mobile Learning Initiative

Professional learning for teachers must evolve in order to make the biggest impact and create significant learning environments suitable for 21st century learners. Now that you’ve had a chance to view my presentation and see how we can transform professional learning using the 5 Key Principles of Effective Professional Development, it’s time to plan out how professional learning (PL) should look like here in our organization.

In order for our mobile learning initiative to be a success, we must provide our teachers with the RIGHT kind of professional learning. PL that is extensive, ongoing, engaging, and collaborative will support teachers in reaching our goal. The 5 Key Principles will serve as the framework for our professional learning plan. Below is an outline of what our PL plan will consist of.

My Big Harry Audacious Goal (BHAG): Design and implement an alternative professional learning model based on the 5 Principles of Effective Professional Development that will foster a growth culture and increase collaboration among faculty in my organization.

Instructional design of PL – 3 column table (work in progress)

PL components: (5 Principles)

  • Duration
    • Multiple sessions offered throughout the year
    • More time spent on specific concepts and skills
  • Ongoing support
    • Coaching through implementation stages
      • Staff coaching
      • Peer coaching
    • Peer collaboration
      • Peer tutoring – pair/group faculty by department/college
      • Discussions – face-to-face and/or virtual discussions, what does/doesn’t work
      • Office 365 OneNote – professional learning community (PLC)
      • Blackboard (Bb) PLC – Bb collaborate, online PL courses, Bb Messenger
      • Social media/networking – extension of PLC
  • Active learning environments
    • Onsite workshops – hands on, demonstration of implementation scenarios
    • Live modeling – experts demonstrate mobile learning in the classroom
    • Online PL courses for mobile learning with authentic learning activities
    • Online discussions with peers within online learning environment
  • Modeling
    • Expert demonstration of mobile learning applications and practices
    • Faculty allowed to observe other faculty implementation and practices
    • Peer presentations/showcase
  • How will I foster collaboration?
    • Set up a small group using OneNote and/or social networking platform specifically for mobile learning initiative
    • Have faculty share their experiences with using mobile learning in their classrooms with other faculty members
  • Who will lead what components?
    • My colleagues and I will lead the PL effort for the mobile learning initiative
      • Transform our traditional workshops
      • hands-on, collaborative workshops on mobile learning concepts and skills
      • Offer mobile learning courses through a learning management system (LMS)
    • Early adopters/lead faculty head up small groups throughout departments and campus
      • OneNote groups for each department/college
      • Social networking site/access for each department/college
  • Audience and their needs?
    • My colleagues and administration
      • Understanding of 5 Principles of Effective PD framework
      • Demonstration of the effective PL model using the 5 principles
    • Faculty
      • Training and ongoing support for mobile learning initiative
      • Effective PL designed for their specific needs
  • Timeline/Schedule
    • Present 5 Principles of Effective PD to colleagues and administration
    • Develop effective professional learning modules/sessions for mobile learning using the 5 Principles
    • Pilot professional learning modules/sessions with a small group of faculty
    • Set up professional learning community (PLC) for faculty using OneNote or social networking sites
    • Get feedback for improving professional learning modules/sessions
  • Resources
    • Gulamhussaein’s 5 Principles of Effective Professional Development
    • My 5 Principles presentation
    • Fink’s Self-directed guide to Designing Courses for Significant learning including design phase worksheets
    • Mobile devices
    • Office 365 OneNote/Social networking site/access for PLC
    • Learning lab for PL sessions
    • Survey for feedback

Gulamhussein, A. (2013). Teaching the teachers: Effective professional development in an era of high stakes accountability. Center for Public Education, 1-47. Retrieved from


Hello! I am currently an eLearning Support Specialist at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. I just completed the Digital Learning and Leading program at Lamar to earn my M. Ed. degree. Thank you for visiting my site!

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One comment on “Professional Learning Outline
  1. […] and student achievement using Gulamhussein’s 5 Principles of Effective PD. Next, I created an outline for my mobile learning PL. Although my outline included too many ideas and not enough details, it […]


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