More About the Hub & Contact Information

 

Welcome to the OPI Teacher Learning Hub. For those of us who work to make the Hub an engaging, high-quality professional learning experience--each course and interaction with the more than 8,000 educators who use the Hub--builds our commitment and enthusiasm for sharing what the Hub is and how it can help individual educators, schools, and districts grow their professional practice.

Since its beginning in 2013, the primary purpose of the Teacher Learning Hub has been to address the challenges of distance, time, and equity of access to high quality professional development for Montana educators.  Our commitment to you is to provide active learning, high quality content, and relevant topics on an accessible, free online learning system.

History

In July 2013, AFT awarded Montana an Innovation Grant to create the Montana Digital Professional Learning Network (MDPLN).  This new online learning network was patterned after the Montana Digital Academy (MTDA), with the primary goal of addressing the challenges of distance, time, access, and equity in providing Montana educators access to quality professional learning opportunities statewide.  Initial focus was to provide Montana English Language Arts, Literacy, and Mathematics Common Core training and ongoing coaching support for Montana teachers, as well as paraprofessional training for the MEA-MFT PASS program. 

MTDA worked in conjunction with MEA-MFT, Montana Office of Public Instruction, Montana University System, School Administrators of Montana, Montana School Board Association, Montana Rural Education Association, and the Montana Providers of Professional Learning Network (MPPLN) to support and promote the development of MDPLN.   This statewide partnership team developed over 100 online modules and grew MDPLN to over 1,000 users.

In August 2015, to ensure continued success and sustainability the MDPLN team leaders decided to transition the management of MDPLN from MTDA to the Montana Office of Public Instruction.  OPI staff will continue to work closely with MTDA staff and other groups from the partnership team to expand the offerings and reach even more Montana Educators in the years to come.

In November 2015, MDPLN changed its name to The Teacher Learning Hub.  The Hub continues to offer quality online learning, but the new name helps to define the purpose of this learning platform.

Types of Courses

Facilitated Courses

  • These courses are typically 3-5 weeks.  There are deadlines for each activity or assignment and a facilitator will be online to guide you through the course and provide feedback.  These courses are typically capped between 20 and 30 participants and run 2-3 times throughout the year.

Blended

  • A mix of facilitated and in-person meetings.  

Self-paced Courses

  • These courses do not have a start or end date, but are continuously open.  Complete at your own pace and on your own schedule.  There is a facilitator listed in case you have questions.  They also monitor the course but do not grade assignments. 

Live Courses

  • Live courses, sometimes called Virtual Communities or Professional Learning Communities (PLCs), aim to create a community of teachers across Montana in order to share best practices, solve problems, and collaborate. Meet online monthly or watch recordings of previous meetings. 

Group Courses 

  • Virtually guided group courses blend the convenience of online learning with the power of collaboration.  Gather a group of teachers, pull up the course on a projector, and follow along.   These courses guide your group through the content using materials (which you print ahead of time), activities, and discussion prompts.

To enroll in a course, simply click the course name then the enroll me button.  If you are prompted for an enrollment key, contact the facilitator listed in the course description.

All courses offer renewal units and the certificate will be "unlocked" at the completion of the course for you to download.

Contact Information

Jessica Bryant    Cari Russell    Marjorie O'Rourke
Learning Hub Coordinator Learning Hub Project Specialist Data & Information Specialist
jbryant3@mt.gov  cari.russell@mt.gov morourke@mt.gov 
(406) 444-3557 (406) 444-4422 (406) 444-3538

Commitment to Accessibility

The Hub is committed to giving people with disabilities the same opportunity to access our content and allow them to benefit from the same courses, in the same place and in a similar way as other users.

We will be continually striving to maintain and further improve the accessibility of the Hub. If you have feedback on our site, please contact one of the Hub team listed in the previous section. This will ensure the best possible result and experience possible from all our users with accessibility needs.

The OPI makes reasonable modifications for any known disability that may interfere with participation in a service, program, or activity of the OPI. If an assistive device, person, or other accommodation is needed to participate in any part of the Hub, please submit a request to Jessica Bryant, 406-444-3557, jbryant3@mt.gov. 

 

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Last modified: Friday, August 10, 2018, 11:07 AM