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:
- Commit to take time to reflect and process what you learn.
- Intentionally block time on your calendar to reflect after the session.
- 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.
- Write down one reaction, one takeaway, and one question you have from each session.
- Create a plan with two or three action steps you can take to apply what you have learned.
- Prepare informal or formal presentation/remarks for your colleagues and highlight the most critical ideas from the session.
- Schedule a “lunch and learn” session with your colleagues to discuss the workbook, video, or article you kept from the session.
- 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:
- What opportunities might professional development provide for us to develop not only job skills training for our staff, but to meet our strategic initiatives?
- How can our priorities and vision more closely influence how we prioritize funding for professional development?
- What are some formats we can design that will result in professional development attendees presenting what they have learned to the team?
- How do we know if they are using professional development to address challenges facing our department and our institution?
- 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