From MOOCs to MOOPILs: Pushing the Boundaries of Virtual Professional Development and Learning for Teachers Academic Article uri icon


  • This article includes a discussion of the growing use of virtual professional development and learning for educators. Next the authors describe virtual professional development and learning within the context of a U.S. federally-funded Investing in Innovation (i3) grant, English Language and Literacy Acquisition-Validation (ELLA-V), and the need for a new understanding of such on an informal and individual basis. The proposed concept is a Massive Open Online Professional Informal Individual Learning (MOOPIL). Lastly, the authors provide an example of a MOOPIL from the ELLA-V grant which is called ELLA-Virsitya collection of short professional development webinars for teachers and school leaders who work with English language learners.

published proceedings

  • International Journal of Information Communication Technologies and Human Development

author list (cited authors)

  • Irby, B. J., Sutton-Jones, K. L., Lara-Alecio, R., & Tong, F.

citation count

  • 2

complete list of authors

  • Irby, Beverly J||Sutton-Jones, Kara L||Lara-Alecio, Rafael||Tong, Fuhui

publication date

  • January 2017