Taking the Next Steps in Professional Development

The key to building momentum is to implement something, even if it’s very minor, soon after the learning experience.

Consider these practices to make the most of what you learned:

  1. Commit to take time to reflect and process what you learn.
    1. Intentionally block time on your calendar to reflect after the session.
    2. Set a reminder on your calendar for three months from the session to review the materials again and consider any changes you have made because of what you learned.
  2. Write down one reaction, one takeaway, and one question you have from each session.
  3. Create a plan with two or three action steps you can take to apply what you have learned.
  4. Prepare informal or formal presentation/remarks for your colleagues and highlight the most critical ideas from the session.
  5. Schedule a “lunch and learn” session with your colleagues to discuss the workbook, video, or article you kept from the session.
  6. Stay connected with the speaker(s) who resonated with you. Follow them on social media, sign up for their newsletters, and—if appropriate—stay in touch with them.

Questions to consider:

  1. What opportunities might professional development provide for us to develop not only job skills training for our staff, but to meet our strategic initiatives?
  2. How can our priorities and vision more closely influence how we prioritize funding for professional development?
  3. What are some formats we can design that will result in professional development attendees presenting what they have learned to the team?
  4. How do we know if they are using professional development to address challenges facing our department and our institution?
  5. What is our organization’s position on the value, purpose, and expected return on investment of professional development? Can we discuss this? Communicate it widely? Live it?

Mrig, A., Fusch, D., & Kientz, K. (2016, February 16). The state of professional development in higher education: February 2016. Summarized from https://www.academicimpressions.com/news/state-professional-development-higher-education-february-2016

Last updated: March 31, 2017

Last updated: March 31, 2017