Sunday, June 1, 2008

Viral Professional Development

The June seminar discussion at SCoPE is Viral Professional Development, facilitated by Heather Ross and Jennifer Jones. Catchy title! :-) As with all SCoPE activities, the seminar is free and open to everyone. Here is the full description:
Professional development is often accomplished through careful planning and implementation of strategic learning initiatives including formal training and workshops. Informal learning happens outside the classroom, in small groups, project teams, and casual conversations.

Viral Professional Development (VPD) occurs when informal learning spreads through the organization and beyond, like a virus. VPD promotes celebration of individual learning and provides support for sharing knowledge informally and on-demand. VPD is an organic concept that is currently being explored internationally and recognized as a valid professional development opportunity. There are no set rules for implementing VPD, but the heart of the concept is in the development of an active learning community.

This seminar will introduce you to the basics of VPD and help you discover examples of successful VPD within your own organization. You will have the opportunity to make connections with others and explore ways to share outside your organization. Several technology solutions will be presented and learners may participate in a live, synchronous session via Elluminate.

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