A professional learning community, or PLC, is a group of educator that meets regularly, shares expertise and works collaboratively to improve teaching skills and the academic performance of students.
To begin, an administrator will create a professional learning community group. To do this, the administrator will click on Student Information and choose People from the drop-down menu.
Next, click on the Groups tab.
Then, choose on the Add Group button.
In the new window, give the group a name, choose the school, and write a description.
After choosing a group and a school, click the Search button to display a list of users.
Choose the users you would like to include in the group and click the right arrow.
The selected users are now part of this group and their names will appear on the right-hand side of the screen. When you are finished, click Save & Close.
From the drop-down menu, determine what each group member’s LMS Role will be.
The user who creates the group, by default, becomes the Owner. The Owner also assigns LMS Roles to each participant. Often, the Owner will assign the Moderator role to one of the participants.
Owners and Moderators have the same level of access. They are able to block and allow messaging for the participants in the group.
Owners and Moderators can post and respond to message for the group.
Owners and Moderators can create, edit, and delete calendar events for the group.
Owners and Moderators, can choose to view assignments as a Moderator or a Participant.
Owners and Moderators can create, publish, and grade assignments for the group.
Participants are able to post and respond to message for the group, view calendar events, and participate in assignments created by the Moderator or Owner.
You also have the option of creating PLC groups at the district level, across multiple schools. To do this, when creating a group, simply choose the District option in the Group School drop-down menu, and you will be able to choose staff and students from all schools in the district.
The newly created group will appear here, in the Groups tab.
Now, after a member of the group logs into OnCourse, they will click on Classroom.
Make sure that you are in the Classes & Groups tab.
Click on the new group, which can be found towards the bottom, in the Other Groups section.
You will now see only the members of the new PLC group.
Within this group you are able to do all the things you’re able to do in Classroom. You can exchange messages with members of your PLC group.
You can create calendar events and view them on a private calendar that only your PLC user group members can see.
You can also create assignments for your team members.