Globe Communities of Practice
Globe is a unique collection of Professional Learning Communities (PLCs). As far as we are aware, it is the only place in the digital world where people can come together not only to talk and share ideas, but to then take those ideas from their conceptual beginnings through to a concrete product – either for use within the community or for commercial development. The ethos is that it is member-driven, and consultant-mentored. It will grow organically and be managed, but self-organising. When a need for a new community arises, we will create it. If one is dormant for an extended period of time, we can archive it until there is interest in reviving it. The important thing is that the individuals comprising Globe make those decisions through their participation.
Globe is made up of three components or ‘Zones’ as we call them:
- The Generator is where initiatives form and develop, resources are worked on and resulting projects defined and designed.
- The Sandbox is a testing ground for members’ new ideas and products. Share drafts of courses, activities, books, or other products and receive feedback from the Globe community.
- The Transformer takes teaching and learning ideas and helps members to make them commercially viable. Once tried and tested, TransformELT can help market these ideas to the public, or help to broker a licensing arrangement or publishing deal. We see this as a potential way for members to generate income from their teaching and training ideas. We also provide a Moodle platform for members to build and deliver their own teacher and language development courses.
These three components are arranged around a Hub that enables communication between these component parts. In addition to the three zones, there is a wiki and a resources database which will be co-constructed by Globe members. We hope you will be as excited by Globe as we are – we look forward to seeing you there.
Because we believe that CPD should be available to all, Globe has a subscription-based, ‘pay-what-you-can’ membership. We hope that this will enable Globe to be truly ‘global’ – where people who cannot afford to pay the suggested subscription fee pay what they can afford, and others in more fortunate positions pay a little more.
Start off with a free one-month trial period at the beginning. You will not be charged until the free trial has finished, and can cancel at any point during that month. (Note that if you do not cancel within the free trial period you will be charged £30 every three months).
If you’re not in a position to pay the default subscription, please take advantage of our ‘Name Your Price’ option when you check out. And if you’re in the lucky position of being able to support CPD for other teachers, you can also use the ‘Name Your Price’ option to donate more than the regular subscription price – we will use the difference to fund other teachers.
If you are interested in Institutional Membership, please contact Sarah Mount smount@TransformELT.com