Teachers, like their students, deserve every opportunity to benefit from digital tools. If we want our teachers to embrace new education technology, then it only makes sense to support them with training that aligns learning outcomes with learning paths. So why not leverage what learning management systems (LMSs) have to offer in the domain of professional development?
Top 5 Benefits of LMS Professional Development for Teachers
Using an LMS for educator professional development not only has the same advantages as the ones enjoyed by K–12 students, such as access to materials and supplementary content, but it also helps enhance teaching and learning. In this blog we look at the top five benefits of using an LMS in educator professional development.
1. Supports Personalized Learning Options
One of the joys of learning is forging new paths. Rote professional development training can zap that joy, reducing the experience to an endurance test. An LMS that provides adaptive learning tools can be a professional development game changer.
An LMS allows school systems and schools to create a library of general professional development courses that can be accessed by educators, administrators, and education leaders. This library gives staff the ability to self-enroll in courses, thus empowering them to choose their own learning paths. An LMS also personalizes learning through the use of attributes—such as date hired, department, location, or job title—to help group individual users into learning groups, making it easy to assign courses to users who have similar needs.
2. Provides Constant Access to Training
Learning when and where you want is powerful. Some people are at their peak at 8am, while others don’t get started, really started, until 8pm. Providing the flexibility of professional development through an LMS helps teachers engage. Freed from the constraints of conferences or mandatory professional development meetings, teachers can work on professional development interests when they’re ready and able, which brightens what could otherwise be a dull requirement.
An LMS provides educators with professional development (PD) courses and training that can be accessed outside of traditional PD events. In this environment, users can revisit material and content as much as they please, whether that is to refresh their memory or inform specific teaching practices. An LMS with mobile-friendly functionalities as well as the ability to be accessed online and offline removes many of the constraints associated with traditional PD, allowing learning to be done on the fly.
3. Uses the Same Learning Platform as Students Do
When teachers use their students’ LMS for their own learning, not only will they spend less time being trained on a second piece of technology, but they’ll also be participating in the same learning environment as their students.
Teachers who are also learners in an LMS are better equipped to field student questions, problems, and confusions. This shared learning platform generates camaraderie between teachers and students as fellow learners and helps develops a sense of empathy and collaboration. This means that the teaching and learning dynamic becomes complementary.
4. Reduces Time and Cost for PD
It is often rightfully said that there’s not enough time in the day for everything a teacher must do. Traditional professional development often requires hiring substitutes to cover classes so teachers can gather in the same training session or sending faculty to conferences with a trainer.
Using an LMS for professional development reduces the barriers associated with in-person professional development. An LMS helps school systems save time from developing their own training courses for teachers, faculty, and staff with ready-made, interactive content for professional development. These systems also can leverage accredited content from providers to hit the ground running with pre-built courses.
5. Helps Develop Professional Learning Communities (PLCs)
PLCs are groups of educators—teachers and administrators—who work collaboratively and share their experience to improve teaching skills and the academic performance of students. Within these communities, communication and collaboration are central components of improving pedagogy and student learning.
An LMS helps foster these communities as it brings educators together under one digital roof. There is an array of learning tools, such as discussions, surveys, and self-evaluations. With these tools, educators can share best practices and brainstorm innovative ways to improve learning and drive student achievement.
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School administrators and managers need to help make sure that the professional development needs of staff are being met. D2L Brightspace helps give teachers, faculty, and staff the next-generation tools they need to learn, develop, and succeed.
Whether you are facilitating compliance training, professional learning, or lifelong learning, the D2L Brightspace platform helps give you the tools to facilitate high-quality programs that drive results.