When we direct our own learning, we are aware and intentional about where we are and where we want to be. We aren’t equal when it comes to opportunities for professional development. Sometimes we aren’t supported and can’t access what we need or aspire to learn about. We know these obstacles aren’t easy to overcome so we created different ways for individuals who are committed to learn and grow, to access professional development by proposing pre-recorded webinars, self-paced and facilitated courses.
The pre-recorded webinars and self-paced courses are short, affordable and can be taken anytime. Participants can access them for a year so they can proceed at their own pace and also revisit the content.
The facilitated online and book study courses are designed for small groups to go deeper. These can be organized for a school/organization or can be open to anyone.
Self-Directed Online Learning: Our Formats & Processes
It’s hard to navigate the overload of information online. Our pre-recorded webinars are concise, research-references and ideal to instantly dive into a new topic. They focus on the ‘what‘. They are also a great way to satisfy curiosity in preparation to a workshop or facilitated online course. The webinars are captioned and supported by high-quality visuals.
The self-paced courses are designed to share practical strategies, approaches and tools that you can start using immediately. They focus on the ‘how‘.
All our facilitated online courses have maximum potential for transformation because they start with ‘why‘ and carefully define concepts, topics as well as practical strategies to implement big ideas. They follow a specific learning design that allows participants to think deeply about themselves as learners and how the presented content relate to their specific context. Our learning process is divided into 4 phases:
Phase 1 – Sense
Participants start by inquiring into the main concepts presented in a given course by reflecting about their experience and the experience of students. This acts as an invitation to learning, allowing participants to reconnect with themselves as learners able to exercise compassion for themselves and others.
Phase 2 – Uncover & Reflect
Participants explore content (videos and additional material) and reflect through mindful routines (such as journaling). This allows them to access their internal locus of control, elevate their self-awareness and reveal a sense of self-efficacy.
Phase 3 – Experiment & Connect
Participants have tools to practice what they have learned (based on needs, wants and aspirations), and work on an artefact to summarize their learnings / un-learnings / re-learnings. This allows participants to personalize their own learning (within a given structure) and share evidence of their understandings.
Phase 4 – Inquire & Share
Participants can share questions and ideas and connect with others. This allows them make learning social, and feel empowered by being contributors and co-creators or learning.
Facilitated Book Studies
We currently offer one facilitated book study course based on Caitlin McLemore & Fanny Passeport’s book: Stretch Yourself: A Personalized Journey to Deepen you Teaching Practice.
An Eye-Opening Experience
The Learning Ecosystems facilitated course was quite an eye-opener to me, it brought to the forefront the issues I took for granted. I have become more confident at protecting the rights of learners and also at growing new and fresh ideas that will change the education landscape in Kenya and in Africa.
A Progressive and Holistic Approach
When I joined the Learning Ecosystems course, I wished more educators from my context took the course. When I completed this course, I wished ALL educators in the world took this course! First attending to the heart, then exercising the mind and finally engaging the will power, this course mirrors progressive co-constructing of a healthy learning ecosystem in such a rewarding way that any educator would enjoy and benefit from. It’s a true gem!
Fanny is such a resourceful instructor, warm, approachable and very professional. Having a scholar approach and demonstrating wittiness, she shows up as very knowledgeable and is respected by all course participants. I am so happy and honored to have worked with her. Her coursework is like a comprehensive rich portfolio of everything that a progressive and holistic educator would ever need. A number of examples, prompts, templates, examples to reflect on, theory-based conceptual frameworks, models, stems, very effective compare and contrast infographics, references, videos, links to outside resources and much much more!
If you are a courageous educator who is all about growth and empowering their students, you are taking this course with the next cohort! Good luck!