In order to successfully launch the #PEPLC network worldwide, the focus over the next few weeks will be on soft launching in the Asia-Pacific region first. The plan that we have in place is that each learning team will have a learning leader to help facilitate discussion within their group. These learning leaders will send out the initial group email to each of the members signed up and lead the way over the first few weeks.
It is important to understand that we will have a system in place to help each learning team along the process of engaging in important discussion, setting goals, sharing these goals, implementing strategies to hopefully improve teaching practice, and trying to define authentic ways to measure the effectiveness on student learning.
We are lucky to have a number of distinguished university lecturers as part of the PEPLC network. In consultation with each of them, we have identified that they can best serve the needs of the PEPLC network by providing the most current, evidenced-based research to support each of the 5 learning themes; innovation and technology, assessment, instructional models, leadership and mentoring, and curriculum and planning. The new PEPLC website was made public yesterday and will serve as a platform for all of this research to be stored. The idea is that all of the learning teams, regardless of region of the world, can access peplc.net to gain access to this research. As learning teams meet, they can make decisions regarding how to use this important research related to physical education.
In order to give more direction for each group to begin their learning journeys, we have the added bonus of having each of the 5 themes being introduced on video by key educators in the PEPLC network. The purpose of these introductory videos for each theme is to give guidance, provide answers to some thought-provoking questions, and most importantly to set parameters regarding how best to run each of the learning sessions on Google Hangout.
Who will be introducing each of the 5 themes? Have a look below. A great line up to push each theme off in the right direction. The first introductory video in Curriculum and Planning will be posted soon on peplc.net and be done by Dr. Amanda Stanec and Dr. Doug Gleddie.
We continue to ask for your patience as we set up the PEPLC network step-by-step. It is so important to get this right and ensure that a solid infrastructure is in place as we begin. If you are a PEPLC member, it is essential that you also keep abreast of the latest information on the peplc.net or on my blog here. Thanks!