Powerful Learning Practice (PLP), a global leader in the professional development of educators, is sponsoring a Higher Education Virtual Institute for the 2010-2011 academic year. The Virtual Institute aims to offer teams of faculty members and individuals a dynamic, 8-month, job-embedded, professional development experience.

Features of the Virtual Institute Include:

  • semi-monthly webinars from educational technologists, learning theorists, & other academics;
  • participation in a rich social networking and community-building environment with institute participants & conversation leaders;
  • opportunities for collective, action research projects, especially focused on the scholarship of teaching or other related topics of interest;
  • networking opportunities amongst participants, institute facilitators, invited guests, and the wider academic community;
  • exposure to to the latest academic research regarding technology in teaching & learning, social networks, connected learning, learning environments, mobile learning, and other related topics;
  • hands-on, guided opportunities to explore the latest Web 2.0 tools available; and
  • access to high-quality, emerging research & practice in respect to teaching & learning in higher education.

For more details and to sign up for a free info session, visit http://plpnetwork.com/higher-ed/

Enter our Twitter contest

To help promote this awesome opportunity, PLP is holding a Twitter contest! Up for grabs is a signed copy of Will Richardson‘s bestselling book Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts, and Other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms. All you need to do to enter is visit this link, and re-tweet PLP’s Twitter status! We will draw a random winner from all the re-tweets on Monday, October 25, 2010. We’ll contact you through Twitter so you can claim your prize.

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Sheryl is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Powerful Learning Practice. She works with schools and districts from around the world helping them to infuse technology into their curriculums and by leading other digital conversion efforts. Sheryl also consults with governments, educational organizations and non-profits in development of their various professional learning initiatives. Sheryl is a sought-after presenter at national and international events, speaking on topics related to digital and online learning, teacher and educational leadership, online community building, and other educational issues impacting children of poverty. Sheryl served on the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Board of Directors for six years. She co-authored The Connected Educator: Learning and Leading in a Digital Age with Lani Ritter Hall. Sheryl has four children and four grandsons, Luke, Logan, Levi and Tanner and a trio of dachshunds. You can find out more on her blog and on Twitter @snbeach.

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