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Guide: Online Professional Learning

Explore the research on adult learning and discover six key drivers that make for quality online learning for educators


Educators — and the coaches and administrators who support them — are increasingly looking for online professional learning that is differentiated to their unique needs and offers the ability to learn when and where they want. But what makes for a quality online learning experience?

TLA, in partnership with EdSurge, conducted a comprehensive review of the scientific literature on adult learning and uncovered six key drivers that make for quality online learning for practitioners. We interviewed platform providers to explore how these drivers are built into the products and had conversations with platform users to understand how they navigate the learning experience. We also developed vignettes to get a glimpse of these drivers in action.

Strategy Resources

In the Driver’s Seat: Online Professional Learning Design Features in Action

This website, developed by EdSurge in partnership with The Learning Accelerator, provides a deep dive... Learn More

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District Tool for Assessing Online Professional Learning Platforms

This assessment tool supports school and district leaders in gathering evidence and evaluating online professional... Learn More