Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) are a great tool in Ogment! PLCs are designed to help you and your peers share resources, collaborate on course materials, and communicate about all things learning.
In Ogment, you create and join PLCs. The PLC area is accessed on the left navigation bar. Clicking on the PLC icon on the left nav opens the PLC main page.
Once inside the PLC area you can Join or Create a PLC:
To join a PLC, click on Join a PLC. The “Join PLC” page opens. Enter an Access Code just like you would for a class, then click the “Join PLC” button. Access Codes are provided by leaders in a PLC or by other current members. They are similar but not the same as what you use for a class.
Once you join a PLC, you’ll return to the Main PLC page. It will now display information about that PLC. The name will be in “Your Active PLCs” column, and any activity will appear in the “Activity in your PLCs” column.
If you would like to make a new PLC, you can click the “Add PLC” link in the top left of the main PLC area. The Add a PLC information page opens.
There you can name your PLC, specify a start date and an end date, add an overview statement and enter a PLC goal.
Once you click save, you’ll return to the Main PLC page. The newly created PLC is listed in the “Your Active PLCs”. If you create a PLC, you are listed as its leader. If you joined one, you are listed as a member, as shown earlier. Your new PLC’s activity will also appear in the center column.
Each PLC has an Overview page and information specific to that PLC. To get to a PLC’s’ Overview page, click on the PLC name under “Your active PLCs”. The Overview page loads, looking similar to the below:
Each Overview page contains:
1 - “back to all PLCs” link. This returns you to the main PLC page where all their PLCs are listed
2 - PLC title - the name of the PLC you are viewing appears here. In this example, the PLC is titled: Differentiated Instruction for Science
3 - The “Showing” menu at the top center is how you access different areas of this particular PLC.
Leaders and Members will have different options in the top center drop down. Only the leader can control the roster of a PLC.
4 - “Tasks Up Next” - This area on the left side of the page shows upcoming tasks that your PLC has assigned to you. It’s a great place to watch to keep on top of all the work that active PLCs can generate. You will see all the tasks that are assigned to either you, any group they are in, or if the task is assigned to the whole PLC.
5 - Activity for [PLC Name] - This center column lists all the activity that has happened in the PLC by all members.
6 - The right navigation menus offers options for modifying the PLC or adding new tasks. The “Manage Roster” and “Edit” options are only visible if you are the leader of the PLC.
7. The member access code is what you need to send to your peers to enable them to join your PLC.
8. The Overview Statement is what the leader wrote when they created the PLC. Leaders can change the message by clicking “Edit”.
9. The PLC Goal is also entered by the leader when they made the PLC. Leaders can change the message by clicking “Edit”.
Each PLC has a roster that is accessible by the PLC leader (creator). The roster functions in a similar way to the class roster.
PLC leaders can create groups of members using the same functionality as the class roster in Classes. If you are a leader of the PLC, first click “Show Groups” on the right sidebar. The groups will appear, if there are any. Next, click “Create a group” and select the members that should be in the group.
PLC Leaders can also edit the PLC information by clicking edit on the PLC overview page:
All PLC Leaders and Members have the ability to Schedule Tasks, add to Discussion, or Add/Remove Resources to the PLC. See more in the next sections.
Use the right-hand navigation or the drop down menu at top to navigate to the Tasks Page, as shown in circles 3 and 6:
The Tasks page lists all the tasks currently active for the PLC, the creator of the task, who the task is assigned to, the due date and the task status. The donut chart at left, shows a visual status of all PLC tasks.
To see details of a task, click on the task name—any PLC member can change the status of a task or edit a task in that detail page:
Each PLC has a discussion area that can be accessed via the “Showing” menu at the top or the by clicking “Discussion” on the right sidebar, as seen below:
Once on the discussion page, you can enter a comment, click send, and that comment is added to the discussion board:
That’s the complete overview of PLCs. For related topics, check out the other great articles on Ogment’s Help site.