Posted: Wed, 11/20/2013 - 9:03am Updated: Tue, 04/11/2017 - 4:35pm

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Indiana's eLearning Coach Community began in the fall of 2013 as a support network for the growing number of eLearning coaches, technology integration specialists, and other professionals focused on helping educators master the art of teaching and learning in technology-rich environments.

In 2014, the Office of eLearning sponsored the first statewide unconference in downtown Indianapolis specifically for coaches. In 2015, we moved the annual event a little west to Danville. In 2016, the third annual event was held at South Madison and was rebranded Coach Edcamp.

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As a result of Coach Edcamp, regional networks have been organized. While there were existing groups across central Indiana, there are now identified regional leaders to connect new coaches across the state with local resources. Plans for a fall Coach Edcamp will be announced in the Coach Community.

Further supporting the professional development and leadership of the coaching role is a new partnership between the Office of eLearning and Indiana Connected Educators (ICE). The ICE Connected Coach Collaborative will facilitate statewide professional development for eLearning coaches through a variety of means, including face-to-face and virtual.

There are two ways to connect with the coach community:

The Google+ Community is a hub for sharing resources and discussions. Post your links to work going on in your district or solicit help for an idea you are working with. This is a great window into the work of the Coach Community. To get started, login to your Google account, visit the link and then click "Ask to join." When you are added, you will also want to check your Google+ notification settings in your profile to determine where group updates are sent.

The Coach Community Map is a great visual representation of the eLearning work that is going on in Indiana. By putting yourself on the map, you not only represent your district, but also make it possible to establish collaboration with your neighbors. To get started, visit the link and follow the directions on the page.

For help making these connections, please email Michelle Green.