Using Psychwiki to enhance Professional Development Meetings at your school

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'''Almost every department has Professional Development meetings''' where students gain valuable knowledge and skills on a variety of topics to help them develop into independent researchers and teachers. Considering that no single mentor can provide all the different needs and requirements of each student for achieving their individual goals, Pro Dev meetings give students access to a larger pool of qualified professionals who can greatly expand the quality and quantity of the education experience.
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'''Almost every department has Professional Development meetings''' where students gain valuable knowledge and skills on a variety of topics to help them develop into independent researchers and teachers.  
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* Psychwiki can be used to enhance professional development meetings by:
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*How can Psychwiki be used to enhance professional development meetings?
:#Using the <u>content</u> within the [[Professional Development | Professional Development mainpage]] as a resource for the information presented at your Pro Dev meetings.
:#Using the <u>content</u> within the [[Professional Development | Professional Development mainpage]] as a resource for the information presented at your Pro Dev meetings.
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:#Using the wiki <u>software</u> to help coordinate and preserve the information from your meetings. See an example from the [[USC | USC Psychology Department]] and see below for more details about using PsychWiki to help your school's professional development meetings.
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:#Creating a <u>stand-alone webpage</u> for your school's professional develoment talks to help coordinate and preserve the information from your meetings. See an example from the [[USC | USC Psychology Department]].
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'''Create a stand-alone webpage within PsychWiki''' for your school's professional development meetings. The advantages of using a wiki include:
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*How does creating a stand-alone webpage within PsychWiki enhance your school's professional development meetings?
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*Before the meetings:  
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:'''Before the meetings''':  
:#the webpage serves as the centralized <u>information hub</u> for the meetings including presenting a schedule of upcoming events (e.g., dates/times of the meetings, topics of each meeting, names of speakers, etc.),
:#the webpage serves as the centralized <u>information hub</u> for the meetings including presenting a schedule of upcoming events (e.g., dates/times of the meetings, topics of each meeting, names of speakers, etc.),
:#the unique ability of a wiki to allow anyone to add content to the "Article" page means that prior to each meeting students can easily <u>post questions</u> to the presenter, which then allows the presentation to be tailored to the student’s needs and concerns,
:#the unique ability of a wiki to allow anyone to add content to the "Article" page means that prior to each meeting students can easily <u>post questions</u> to the presenter, which then allows the presentation to be tailored to the student’s needs and concerns,
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*After each meeting:
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:'''After each meeting''':
:#another benefit of being able to easily input content to the "Article" page is that the information presented at each meeting can easily be <u>posted on the website</u>,
:#another benefit of being able to easily input content to the "Article" page is that the information presented at each meeting can easily be <u>posted on the website</u>,
:#posting this information to the website allows <u>continuous access</u> to the information to both the students who attended the presentation and those who may have missed the presentation, including all those students who enter the program year after year,
:#posting this information to the website allows <u>continuous access</u> to the information to both the students who attended the presentation and those who may have missed the presentation, including all those students who enter the program year after year,
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All that we ask is that you integrate the information from your meetings into the [[Professional Development | Professional Development mainpage]] because this helps everyone, including your school, by allowing a group approach to mentoring in that there is an easy-to-access accumulated resource of knowledge from multiple experts who can provide different areas of expertise and experiences. By allowing experts from different schools to add thier advice and expertise on any of the topics at any time, the website and grow and evolve even after your Pro Dev presentation is over.
 
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Its easy to integrate the information from your meetings into the [[Professional Development | Professional Development mainpage]]. If you are having a professional development meeting on a topic already on PsychWiki, then simply import your information into the existing link. If your Professional Development meeting is on a new topic, then simply post that link to the Pro Dev mainpage when your meeting is over.
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*How do you post this information to the website?
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:#If your professional development meeting was about a topic already listed on PsychWiki, then simply import your information into the existing link.
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:#If your Professional Development meeting is on a new topic, then simply post that link to the [[Professional Development | Professional Development mainpage]] when your meeting is over.
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:#You can also list the same links on your school's stand-alone professional development webpage so that there is a record of all prior talks. See an example from the [[USC | USC Psychology Department]].
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*Why is posting this information to the website advantageous?
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Its easy to integrate the information from your meetings into the [[Professional Development | Professional Development mainpage]]. 
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Why is it advantageous to integrate the information resulting from your professional development meetings into the [[Professional Development | Professional Development mainpage]]?
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:#By integrating the information from your Pro Dev meetings
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In a traditional pro dev meetings only the presenters... actual meetings provide their insights...
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a collaborative professional development webpage in which all members of the field can pool their collective knowledge
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because this helps everyone, including your school, by allowing a group approach to mentoring in that there is an easy-to-access accumulated resource of knowledge from multiple experts who can provide different areas of expertise and experiences.
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By allowing experts from different schools to add thier advice and expertise on any of the topics at any time, the website and grow and evolve even after your Pro Dev presentation is over.

Revision as of 01:12, 24 April 2006

Almost every department has Professional Development meetings where students gain valuable knowledge and skills on a variety of topics to help them develop into independent researchers and teachers.


  1. Using the content within the Professional Development mainpage as a resource for the information presented at your Pro Dev meetings.
  2. Creating a stand-alone webpage for your school's professional develoment talks to help coordinate and preserve the information from your meetings. See an example from the USC Psychology Department.


Before the meetings:
  1. the webpage serves as the centralized information hub for the meetings including presenting a schedule of upcoming events (e.g., dates/times of the meetings, topics of each meeting, names of speakers, etc.),
  2. the unique ability of a wiki to allow anyone to add content to the "Article" page means that prior to each meeting students can easily post questions to the presenter, which then allows the presentation to be tailored to the student’s needs and concerns,
After each meeting:
  1. another benefit of being able to easily input content to the "Article" page is that the information presented at each meeting can easily be posted on the website,
  2. posting this information to the website allows continuous access to the information to both the students who attended the presentation and those who may have missed the presentation, including all those students who enter the program year after year,


  1. If your professional development meeting was about a topic already listed on PsychWiki, then simply import your information into the existing link.
  2. If your Professional Development meeting is on a new topic, then simply post that link to the Professional Development mainpage when your meeting is over.
  3. You can also list the same links on your school's stand-alone professional development webpage so that there is a record of all prior talks. See an example from the USC Psychology Department.


Its easy to integrate the information from your meetings into the Professional Development mainpage.


Why is it advantageous to integrate the information resulting from your professional development meetings into the Professional Development mainpage?

  1. By integrating the information from your Pro Dev meetings

In a traditional pro dev meetings only the presenters... actual meetings provide their insights...

a collaborative professional development webpage in which all members of the field can pool their collective knowledge

because this helps everyone, including your school, by allowing a group approach to mentoring in that there is an easy-to-access accumulated resource of knowledge from multiple experts who can provide different areas of expertise and experiences.

By allowing experts from different schools to add thier advice and expertise on any of the topics at any time, the website and grow and evolve even after your Pro Dev presentation is over.

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