Professional Learning Community (PLC) Groups in Office 365

Following an announcement few months ago, according to Office 365 Education customers today, a new feature called Professional Learning Community (PLC) Groups is appearing on Office 365 Education tenants who have Office 365 Groups enabled.

Professional Learning Community ( or PLC) Groups preview is a new Office 365 feature that enables educators have a “teachers’ lounge” which gives them one place to track tasks, share files and connect to conversations in or outside the school to improve teaching skills and the academic performance of students. More details on the message details is below.

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New feature: Professional Learning Community (PLC) Groups

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Professional Learning Community (PLC) Groups preview is a new Office 365 feature. We have completed rollout to Office 365 Education customers who have Office 365 Groups enabled.

How does this affect me?

Office 365 Groups, OneNote, Microsoft Planner, and Skype provide a simple and structured way for educators to collaborate in Professional Learning Communities (PLCs). We have added PLC Groups to the “create group” option within the Office 365 Education experience (in Outlook, Calendar, and Outlook Groups mobile app). This applies only if you have Groups enabled in Office 365.

What do I need to do to prepare for this change?

You don’t need to do anything. Please click Additional information to learn more.

For further information about upcoming improvements to Office 365 Groups for Education, you can visit the Office 365 Education Roadmap.

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Chirag is an Independent Consultant at Patel Consulting, Chartered IT Professional, TOGAF9 Certified Architect and Microsoft Certified Solution Expert (Productivity, Data Platform) based in London, UK with more than 15 years of industry experience. He works with a wide variety of clients in many sectors, designing and implementing business collaboration, data and information management solutions and services based on SharePoint and Office 365 technologies to create business value for both themselves and their customers, including UK Microsoft Gold Partners with deployment, upgrade and migration services delivery. Chirag is an active SharePoint community participant, frequent speaker at local and international events including SharePoint Saturdays and Collab365. He is also one of the co-organisers of the SharePoint User Group UK (London) region. In 2011, for his valuable contributions to Microsoft TechNet forums he received a Microsoft Community Contributor Award. In his little spare time he enjoys cycling, cricket and every year participating in Charity bike rides and Duathlons. You can find him online at www.techchirag.com and follow Chirag on Twitter at @techChirag.

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