Integrating Online Learning Opportunities into a Professional Development Program

Integrating Online Learning Opportunities into a Professional Development Program


Since 2009, Sener Knowledge has been assisting the International Ombudsman Association (IOA) in its strategic planning to integrate online learning events and opportunities into its existing professional development program. In 2009-2010, Sener Knowledge conducted a needs analysis designed to determine short and long term distance training goals, identify the professional services and resources necessary to achieve these goals, and identify potential interactive impacts of alternative delivery of courses and professional development on other IOA activities.

As more and more associations are discovering, implementing online learning opportunities is much more than figuring out how to convert existing in-person training events into webinars; instead, it is much more useful to think of professional development offerings as an integrated whole independent of delivery mode by integrating distance learning offerings with other professional development initiatives rather than operating as a parallel, standalone program, and by using professional development offerings for their affordances instead of by delivery mode.

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