Professional Development (without an LMS)

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  • For institutions that wish to use an LMS to deliver PD, see this link instead.

In this article

Learn how to assign and take Professional Development using your Admin Dashboard.

  1. Administrators and professional learning coaches
    1. Assign a Bulb to instructors
    2. Monitor and grade instructor responses
  2. Professional learning communities
    1. Peer support
    2. Learner lounges
  3. Instructors as learners
    1. Take a Bulb
    2. View previously taken PD

There are myriad reasons and ways to use PlayPosit for Professional Development:

  • Enhance video training with interactivity to drive knowledge retention and engagement
  • Use Learner-Made Bulbs to reflect on recordings of teaching in the classroom
  • Present to a live audience using Broadcast to get actionable data during and after training sessions
  • Get feedback at the end of training videos to generate additional data on the success of the program

Administrators and Professional Learning Coaches

Structure PD classes and material using PlayPosit.  Create classes with Instructors as Students and assign them Bulbs to be taken for credit.  Monitor progress and instructor responses and gather important data about instructor mastery and assignment efficacy.

Use Learner Made Bulbs to have instructors submit recordings of their lessons. Both instructors and coaches can then add annotations at important time points to the recordings. Coaches can then copy submissions and assign them to cohorts to showcase best practices or truly exemplary lessons.

Assign a Bulb to Instructors

  1. Log in to
  2. On the side panel menu, select Classes.
  3. Select Add New Class to create a PD Class to organize the Bulbs that will be assigned.
  4. Create a Bulb to be used for PD. See this link for how to create a Bulb.
    1. Consider using Learner-Made Bulbs to assist in Mentor-Mentee relationships.
  5. In the My Bulbs library, click the triple-dot menu or the Bulb thumbnail and select Assign.

  6. Select the course you would like to assign the Bulb to, choose a due date, and click OK
  7. When a due date is set, the Assign Link will appear to the right of the course that the Bulb is assigned to. 
  8. Select the Assign link. Under the Advanced Settings, toggle on Assign for professional learning. This will allow the Bulb to be shared with colleagues who have a PlayPosit instructor account and automatically enroll them in the professional development course. 

Monitor and Grade Instructor Responses

Monitoring and Grading of PD Bulbs is done the same way as Bulbs assigned to learners. See this article for more information.

Professional Learning Communities

Peer Support

Instructors can share Bulbs that they have created, either to solicit feedback or to showcase their best work. The Preview Link lets other instructors preview the lesson as a learner would see it.

1. In the  My Bulbs library, click the triple-dot menu or the Bulb thumbnail and select Collaborate

 2. Copy the Preview Link or add Collaborators. Click here for more information on adding collaborators to Bulbs. 

There are many great ways to publicize this content:

  • Embed Bulbs in a shared intranet website
  • Post links in an LMS group
  • Use an internal newsletter to regularly share highlights

Learner Lounges

Learner Lounges can be a very effective way to inspire innovation.  Highlight the exemplary instructors and lessons and reduce workload by sharing resources and expertise.

Content shared in Lounges can be formally graded assignments (using the PD workflow explained above), or informative Bulbs shared using the Preview Link option.

  1. Create digital resource banks and pre-approved curriculum
  2. Post samples of best practices
  3. Post Bulbs showcasing new pedagogical practices
  4. Tweet links and tag your PLC group for even more exposure

Instructors as Learners

Instructors become the Learners in the Professional Development platform of PlayPosit. Administrators create classes and assign content to Instructors.

Take a Bulb

Once you've received a link to a PD assignment, click on it and log in with your username and password.

View previously taken PD

All previously taken PD bulbs get saved to your PlayPosit account.

  1. Log in to with your normal credentials.
  2. On the side panel menu, select Professional Learning.
  3. Find the appropriate Course and Assignment.

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