As you may have noted, you can now access Teachers Engage from your mobile device, with a user interface and experience that is optimized for your mobile browser. Instructions for getting access on your device can be found here.
Being able to access my Engage content and activity from my phone got me thinking about how you as community members most commonly engage, and when. For decades educators have faced the expectation that they must give up large chunks of their off-work time to complete required work responsibilities that can't be done when they're, you know, actually teaching and interacting with students. Traditionally, this includes activities such as grading, planning, doing parent outreach, and engaging in professional learning. Now, educators around the global are doing all this plus connecting to peers, resources, and formal and informal professional learning online, and due to the aforementioned time constraints of the work day, district and school web filters, etc. these activities also are pushed to educators' personal time. There is a lot of good evidence (including sheer popularity) showing significant personal and professional value for educators engaging in these connected activities, but as that value is becoming more evident and there are more efforts to make connected online activity an "official" part of being an educator, are these connected activities becoming just another extra thing heaped on educators to fit into the fringes of their lives?
As an online educator community and learning content provider, Teachers Engage is part of the aforementioned emerging volume of connected online resources. As I'm thinking about the questions I posed above, it motivates me to ask you, our members, when do you engage with Teachers Engage? Do you carve out part of your personal time to do so? If you do, what compels you?
One concrete example is the webinar programming we produce and provide.Our webinars provide a good deal of excellent content multiple times each month, and our hosts do an excellent job of planning, designing, and delivering great learner experiences. Participants receive a certificate for one hour of professional learning credit too. Despite excellent data demonstrating the reach of the webinar recordings, each month our admin team wonders what we can do to reach more educators during the live broadcasts. Are we promoting in the right way? Is it easy for our members to find information on registration and easy to join the events? Do we do them too late in the day (typically kicking off at 8 pm US Eastern time)?
To that end, we've developed and deployed a survey about webinar participation. If you registered for a webinar in the last year with a valid email address, you've already received the survey link from me via email. If you didn't receive it, or if you've attended or are interested in attending our webinars and want to provide input, please click the link below. It's eight questions long, shouldn't take more than five minutes, and gives us great data on how we can continue to improve the way we serve our membership. In addition to the survey, feel free to respond to this post or reach out to me directly with questions and feedback. Thanks - your contributions are what make the community great, and we want to be sure we're making it a space that adds value to your practice!