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PD Catalog for All: Netflix Style!

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Tuesday, June 25, 12:15–1:15 pm
Location: Room 111

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John Lien  
Learn how Orange County Public Schools delivers online professional development to its staff of over 24,000 with a Netflix-style PD catalog. From fully online courses to blended and face-to-face training opportunities, OCPS has established processes to help establish best PD practices.

Audience: Coaches, Curriculum/district specialists, Professional developers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Focus: Professional learning
Topic: Professional learning models
ISTE Standards: For Administrators:
Excellence in Professional Practice
  • Allocate time, resources and access to ensure ongoing professional growth in technology fluency and integration.
For Coaches:
Professional Development and Program Evaluation
  • Conduct needs assessments to inform the content and delivery of technology-related professional learning programs that result in a positive impact on student learning.
Related exhibitors: Instructure

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Orange County Public Schools have a staff of over 24,000 with new employees daily.
We created tools to automatically enroll in PD courses based on attributes such as job titles, work location, and others.
To engage teachers and staff OCPS designed a PD catalog with a very graphical Netflix style. In some cases, PD has to be available for all employees with very small windows of time. OCPS has established processes for development and best practices of Professional Development course design using a learning management system to provide fully online courses, to blended and even use the LMS for face-to-face training opportunities.


Why use an LMS for all PD Types?
Model for staff how to utilize Canvas
One Stop Shop

Course Types at OCPS
Number of PD Courses, Number of Participants (As of Jan 30)
Catalog 133 published courses, 35822 self enrollments
RTM 16 published courses, 85,700 enrollments
Course Development:
Share The Awesome Course - slide
Request Form - slide with flow chart and hyperlinks
Initial Meeting
Build content
Course review
Best Practices
Chart with different course types and canvas features
Show form?
Course Enrollment
Pro-Serv Tools

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John Lien, OCPS

John Lien is the Senior Administrator for Instructional Services at Orange County Public Schools the 9th largest school district in the nation. He is responsible for the district’s online learning management system and training of other leaders on how to design effective online trainings. In addition he provides support for the usage of a learning management system as the primary form of digitlal content distribution. He has over 30 years of experience in the field of education as a science teacher, Instructional technology resource teacher, and a district administrator.

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