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Designing Virtual Professional Learning With G Suite

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Listen and learn : Lecture

Tuesday, June 25, 2:45–3:45 pm
Location: 122B

Christopher Corney-McGee   Cara Flodmand   Joe Valver  
People's Choice winner. Discover how to transform professional learning in your district by designing your own online professional development courses using G Suite tools. Learn about virtually coaching teachers through effective instructional design models that will excite and engage your staff through choice, collaboration and content creation.

Audience: Coaches, Professional developers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Access to a G Suite account is helpful but not required.
Focus: Professional learning
Topic: Professional learning models
ISTE Standards: For Coaches:
Digital Age Learning Environments
  • Coach teachers in and model use of online and blended learning, digital content, and collaborative learning networks to support and extend student learning as well as expand opportunities and choices for online professional development for teachers and administrators.
Professional Development and Program Evaluation
  • Design, develop and implement technology-rich professional learning programs that model principles of adult learning and promote digital age best practices in teaching, learning and assessment.
Teaching, Learning and Assessments
  • Coach teachers in and model design and implementation of technology-enhanced learning experiences emphasizing creativity, higher-order thinking skills and processes, and mental habits of mind (such as critical thinking, metacognition and self-regulation).

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The purpose of this session is to discuss the design, implementation and facilitation of online professional development courses utilizing G Suite applications. Participants will be able to design self guided-resources using Google Docs, Slides, and Drawings. Through Google Classroom, participants will be shown how to lead and facilitate online collaboration as well as analyze and evaluate course created content. Lastly, presenters will share strategies to evaluate success and continuously improve the online learning experience.


After a brief introduction (5 minutes) the presenters will discuss how designing virtual professional learning courses help to break through the limitations of in-person workshops. The presenters will share our story of designing, implementing and facilitating online learning in our district. Then we will describe and share examples of how you can develop your own online courses from the ground up using Google Applications (40 minutes). We will focus on designing, developing and implementing professional learning that meets the needs of adult learners in a virtual environment. After, the presenters will provide resources and an eBook to help you create your own online courses through free G Suite applications (15 minutes).

Supporting research

Grant, Kendra and Luis Perez. (2018). "5 ways to drive professional learning the UDL way."

Krueger, Nicole. (2017). "What's missing from mobile learning." https://www.iste.org/explore/articleDetail?articleid=237&category=Lead-the-way&article=What%E2%80%99s+missing+from+mobile+learning

National Research Council. (2007). Enhancing Professional Development for Teachers: Potential Uses of Information Technology: Report of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. https://doi.org/10.17226/11995.

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Christopher Corney-McGee, Hamilton Township School District
Cara Flodmand, Hamilton Township School District
Joe Valver, Hamilton Township School District

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