Connection groups provide a space to share ideas and resources, provide emotional support, and create a sense of community.
We envision that participants in the topic based POD Connects! groups would work towards growing in these areas generally, and this could potentially feed into interaction with/participation in related POD committees. We recommend setting a 6–12 month goal for the group and revisiting if members would like to continue beyond that timeline.
The Professional Development Committee (PDC) created a process to help place POD Network members into connection groups. The goal is to help POD Network members broaden their networks beyond their institutions and support each other in our work as educational developers. We form groups a few times a year.
Mastermind Groups transitioned into POD Connects! in fall 2020.