Assessing Professional Learning Communities in Graduate Programs Utilizing Face-To-Face and ITVN Courses: A Tool for Effective Mentorship
Abstract: The purpose of this research study was three-fold: (a) to determine the effectiveness of using the professional learning communities (PLC) model as an approach to facilitating the comprehension of course concepts by graduate level students, (b) to pilot a specific PLC model for evaluation of effectiveness in face-to-face and ITVN courses, and (c) to examine the effectiveness of mentorship with graduate students using this model. The professional learning communities model has been used in k-12 and undergraduate settings extensively, and the existing literature documented its effectiveness. There has been limited research about the effectiveness of this model in graduate school settings which utilize both face-to-face and on-line course offerings. A pilot study was implemented utilizing a PLC model created to examine its effectiveness on the graduate level and in mentoring graduate students. Findings indicate that students overwhelmingly preferred the learning communities’ concept over traditional learning and it was instrumental in mentoring students.