Since the LINC instructors in our group teach in small, rural communities across the entire Columbia Basin in southeastern B.C., once PBLA was implemented in our region we really needed to find a way for our instructors to be able to connect online since face-to-face training sessions were simply not possible.
So as a PBLA Lead Teacher and Tutela member, I decided that starting a private group would be the most logical solution since it would enable us to share files and use the live conferencing for all our sessions.
I was able to put all the materials up on the screen and use the whiteboard to make things more interactive and interesting, and I could put up all the other instructors work so that we could discuss our assignments. If someone missed a meeting then they could just watch the recording. We often used the discussion forum to post comments on some of the questions in my lead teacher lesson plans.
I have to say, if it wasn’t for our Tutela group, I’m not sure how we would have been able to facilitate our organization’s PBLA training. Thanks to Tutela, it has worked out very well, and we will be continuing to use our group’s live conferencing to facilitate our monthly PBLA meetings starting again in September.