Andrew has time at his desk to work on aligning the school’s online professional learning modules to the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.
As eLearning Coordinator, Andrew administers the school’s LMS, which he introduced a few years ago to draw together a number of programs and systems. In heading up this project, he investigated options, assessed staff IT skills, completed a needs analysis, and ran staff focus groups to demonstrate different programs. Based on his extensive investigation and consultation, he produced a business plan for a new LMS, which he presented to the school’s executive. Since its introduction, Andrew has continued to refine the system to better meet school and staff needs.
One use of the LMS is to provide colleagues with “just in time”, self-paced learning. Short videos on relevant topics for professional learning can be created or modules can be selected from the system. Andrew works with middle leaders and the Curriculum Committee to determine the professional learning requirements of their staff and to select content that aligns to the Teacher Standards. Learning activities are then sent to staff via email with a due date, allowing staff to select the best time to undertake the learning activity.
Hear Andrew talk about the LMS
Part of the ongoing implementation involves engaging with the community. Each year Andrew invites parents to an information session to highlight what they should expect to see and how they can assist learning and organisation from home by using the LMS.