We've been talking quite a lot about K-12, primary/secondary education, and classrooms. Let's now look at the other side of learning - professional development.
Professional development is also a big topic when it comes to educational technology. Whoever said that only students can have all the fun? Professionals can join in on the action too!
The best way to find out about your learners' needs (without spending too much time and effort doing focus groups) would be to shoot them an email a month before a learning session. In that email, you can ask what they think they need to learn when it comes to their professional growth. From there, you can gather data and craft the content based on their needs. Moreover, you can also tweak the method of delivery for maximum impact on the audience.
Step 2: Provide the Flipped Materials
A week before the learning session, you can already shoot an email to your targeted participants about the objectives and the agenda of the class. You can also include materials such as assigned readings, videos, or podcasts that will be used as resources for discussion during the session.
Step 3: Assess the Current Situation
It is also advisable to include a self-evaluation form for the learners with step #2. This is to gauge the learners' current understanding or the subject matter. Based on the data gathered here, you can then strategize your approach when it comes to different learner groupings during the sessions.
Step 4: Execute and Evaluate
It's now time to facilitate the professional development session. You can then administer the different approaches and activities outlined in Step 1. During the session itself, you can group your learners based on your strategy on Steps 2 and 3. At the end of the session, make sure to let your participants answer a survey/evaluation based on Step 2. You can then gauge the improvement by comparing pre-PD and post-PD evaluations.
Step 5: Follow Through
With data gathered from the post-session evaluation, you can follow up with your participants on what further support they need. You can also ask follow-up questions like how they are applying their newly-learned skills/knowledge and what they think would take them to further improve. This step serves as a precursor to another Step 1. Repeat the cycle.