Hi Sharon, everyone,
Our PD for ementors, echampions and eleaders in Victorian Learn Locals (ACE) is a blend of web 2.0 tools, LMS, f2f workshops, community networks and virtual classrooms.
We used Skype to run introductory meetings (geographic distribution of participants in Hume is a 4 hour round trip by car)
We use Blackboard Collaborate for weekly tutorials (intro to BbC, intro to Moodle, intro to Social Media, intro to Elearning resoures
We will have a 4 hour workshop to bring everyone together to network and consolidate action plans for their PD
We have a group within a Ning network and each regions' participants are expected to join the larger ACE Network Ning.
My Hume group also has a Moodle course Hub where we sharing asynchronous learning materials and a place for them to practice being a teacher in Moodle.
Blogs are not a feature for Hume but some are keen to develop their Facebook groups as promotional tools for their Learn Local organisation. Other regions are requesting their eleaders to reflect in blogs - they are a good tool for that.
I'm thinking about getting Hume eleaders to produce a collaborative suite of portfolios online to showcase their development.