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Connect leaders, educators, instructional support, technical support, domain experts and solution providers to maximize the potential of technology for learning.

Technology is a powerful tool for connecting and facilitating interactions across distances, and not just in education.  In January of 2022, the post Best practices in professional development: What educational institutions might have to learn from the business sector explores how technology can be leveraged in professional development activities to:

  1. Mitigate the need for employees to travel or step out of the workplace into a formal classroom, especially when geography or lack of funding are obstacles to collaboration  
  2. Increase communication and collaboration among coworkers, even from differing fields/departments 
  3. Create meaningful final products using digital project management platforms which could have an immediate impact on workplace strategy, while also being saved in an employee’s personal portfolio as evidence of professional growth.

Speaking of collaboration platforms, the post Global research collaboration and the pandemic: How COVID-19 has accelerated networked learning in higher education highlights some notable examples of computer-based platforms which can be used for collaboration and connection in all kinds of professional contexts.  Additionally, in the March 2022 post What If Professional Development Could Be…Fun!?, EdCamps and gamified professional development activities are highlighted as ways to connect adult learners from all corners of an organization and learn new ways of using technology in support of learning goals.

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