Enhancements to MyPL

In Term 1 2019, the planned enhancements to MyPL went live. These updates were driven by user feedback and suggestions, and they improve the process of submitting a registered course application.

Enhancements include:

  • new course categories - there are now 4 course categories in total
  • improved selection and editing of the standard descriptors for each course
  • 2 new course categories - there are now 4 course categories in total.

Improved on-screen guidance

New on-screen guidance helps learning authors enter their course content, for example, in the ‘required information’ section, this advice is given:

  • Divide your course into sequential sessions - if your course has only one session describe it in the first row and for longer courses, describe each session in a new row.
  • Confirm the course content in each session by clicking on the ‘+ Confirm Session’ button.
  • Enter the length of each session in hours and minutes.
  • Describe the content that will be covered and the activities that will be undertaken by course participants during the session.
  • Choose the relevant standard descriptor/s that are addressed in each session (you can choose more than one for each session).
  • Click the ‘+ Confirm Session’ button to confirm all information entered.

Easier selection of standard descriptors

It is now simpler to choose which standard descriptor/s are relevant to the course session:

  • The 37 standard descriptors are now clearly visible and can be selected for each session.
  • Once chosen, the selected standard descriptors can be edited on the page (by deselecting or selecting) rather than copying and pasting.

Confirming the relevant standard descriptors

After any update (minor or major) to course content, the relevant standard descriptors must be confirmed.

This is required as an edit may change the learning or the emphasis – and a new standard descriptor may need to be selected or deleted.

To confirm there is no change to the standard descriptors

To confirm that the standard descriptors remain the same and no changes are required:

  1. Select the ‘Edit standard descriptors’ button.
  2. Choose the ‘Select’ button, and click the tick box to approve the selection.
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the page and select the button: ‘Return to main page to save course content, career stage and standard descriptors’.
  4. On the main catalogue item page, under ‘Required information’, select the ‘Save required information’ button.

To add standard descriptors and confirm the selection

To add new standard descriptors:

  1. Select the ‘Edit standard descriptors’ button.
  2. Click on the relevant field/s, choose the ‘Select’ button, and click the tick box to approve the selection.
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the page and select the button: ‘Return to main page to save course content, career stage and standard descriptors’.
  4. On the main catalogue item page, under ‘Required information’, select the ‘Save required information’ button.

To remove standard descriptors and confirm the selection

To remove standard descriptors:

  1. Select the ‘Edit standard descriptors’ button.
  2. Click on the relevant field/s to deselect standard descriptors, choose the ‘Select’ button, and click the tick box to approve the selection.
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the page and select the button: ‘Return to main page to save course content, career stage and standard descriptors’.
  4. On the main catalogue item page, under ‘Required information’, select the ‘Save required information’ button.

New course categories

Two new course categories have been added to the MyPL course application, making 4 categories in total. Registered courses include:

  • registered course application (course code RG)
  • school-based registered course application (course code SR - this option is only available to teachers employed by the school that registered the professional development)
  • Corporate non-teaching (course code NT).

The former ‘non-registered course category’ is now called 'teacher-identified professional development' or TIPD (course code NR).

TIPD is a flexible category that does not have to be a course. It can also be used to document activities (inside or outside the school) that contribute to professional learning as per NESA’s maintenance of accreditation requirements. Examples include:

  • professional readings
  • reflecting on teaching practice
  • observing a teacher colleagues practice
  • attending or presenting at workshops, seminars and conferences
  • planning the delivery of professional learning
  • completing courses and training not endorsed by NESA that relate to the standards and are relevant to the teachers practice.

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