Changing times are an impetus for a practice – and a curriculum – spring clean

It’s been fabulous starting up the sixth cohort of the Award in Education and Training for new Apprenticeship and leaderships and management trainers at MET Academy / EMR. Yes, it’s been strange not hopping on the train to Nuneaton and meeting everybody face to face, and it’s been a real challenge redesigning the whole curriculumContinue reading “Changing times are an impetus for a practice – and a curriculum – spring clean”

We need to #ukfechat about values

One of the highlights of my academic year is always the opportunity to host a #ukfechat or two on Twitter. This week on Thursday evening I did just that, ably assisted by several other members of the #APConnect FE community. Our theme was how an individual practitioners’ values impact on their professional practice in FEContinue reading “We need to #ukfechat about values”

Joy in a Cold Climate: Reflections on #APConnect 2020-21

This Real Time blog is written as a contribution to this year’s #APConnect collection of Reflective Accounts. My role in the programme is as ‘digital nurse’, event facilitator and online space designer for Constellation B. I draw on observations and reflections from participating in Advanced Practitioner (AP) conference days, weekly Thinking Environments and Ideas RoomsContinue reading “Joy in a Cold Climate: Reflections on #APConnect 2020-21”

The Challenges of Undertaking Research into Effective, Innovative Digital and Online Learning in Vocational Education and Training

This blog reflects on the process of gathering, sifting and analysing thematically the research on Digital and Online Learning (DOL) in Vocational Education and Training (VET) performed for the European Training Foundation’s (ETF) Creating New Learning (CNL) initiative. It is important, as well as collating findings to produce coherent final research reports, that researchers takeContinue reading “The Challenges of Undertaking Research into Effective, Innovative Digital and Online Learning in Vocational Education and Training”

Combining Learning Platforms and Strategies for Inclusive, Engaging, Effective DOL in VET

This content was first published on 10/09/2020 on the European Training Foundation (ETF) Open Space platform as part of the Creating New Learning blog series Image by Gerd Altmann used under license from Pixabay The first blog on the Digital and Online Learning (DOL) component of the Creating New Learning (CNL) initiative set out theContinue reading “Combining Learning Platforms and Strategies for Inclusive, Engaging, Effective DOL in VET”

Being a writer is a state of mind

The changes to working life, location and pace due to be COVID-19 lockdown have been strange but have led to a lot of new opportunities for professional learning for me. It’s been wonderful to participate in #APConnect #joyFE and @PDNorth FE community events. What’s particularly inspired me has been the 3 #FEVIrtualResearchMeet events organised inContinue reading “Being a writer is a state of mind”

Digital and Online Learning: European Training Foundation Research Project

Image by kreatikar used under license from Pixabay Real Time has just begun work on a new digital and online leaning (DOL) research project as part of ETF’s ‘Creating New Learning’ (CNL) initiative.  The initiative identifies solutions which can boost innovation in vocational education and training (VET) and ‘lifelong learning’ in diverse contexts. Other intersectingContinue reading “Digital and Online Learning: European Training Foundation Research Project”

FE Teachers exploring identity and values in strange days

As I’m just completing the final small changes to my PhD thesis after a successful viva, I thought it time to share some of my findings via this blog – especially those that chime with the times we’re living in. The blog has been much-neglected of late, so it’s great to revive it! There’s beenContinue reading “FE Teachers exploring identity and values in strange days”

Making non-conventional CPD count – are we ignoring how much we learn informally?

It’s been an unusually busy July and August this year. I’ve been delivering lots of teacher CPD, leadership and management and IT courses across the sector as well as continuing work on new the ‘Blended Learning Essentials’ MOOC, ‘Digital Skills’ and finalising my report for the ETF’s Research Fellowship programme. All great stuff, but itContinue reading “Making non-conventional CPD count – are we ignoring how much we learn informally?”