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 it… Continue reading Making non-conventional CPD count – are we ignoring how much we learn informally?
Well that was quite the first residential for the ETF / SUNCETT Research Development Fellowship class of 2016. Many thanks to the SUNCETT team and all ‘Fellows’ for 3 very engaging days full of relevant theories, discussion and great mutual support. It was inspiring to hear about the wide range of possibilities for getting research,… Continue reading Please Can I Go to the Research Ball?
It was fascinating to attend and speak on a panel on the latest thinking on digital technologies and innovative teaching practices in the classroom at the Westminster Education Forum in Whitehall this week. An audience of current and ex-ministers and their representatives as well as delegates from SFA and many schools and colleges and work-… Continue reading Thoughts from the Westminster Education Forum
More than ever, teachers in post-compulsory education are asked to keep their skills and knowledge up-to-date but face balancing these demands against a lack of funding for CPD and less time to devote to their own professional development than ever. There needs to be a recognition, which I worry isn’t there in many organisations, that staff… Continue reading Teacher CPD in a time- and cash-poor sector
Up in Manchester today for the Westminster Briefing on the use of learning technology in Further Education. A great panel chaired by my good friend Rachel Challen from Loughborough College, discussing how we encourage lecturers and trainers (and the organisations they work) in to embed technology and develop the digital literacy skills of both themselves and their… Continue reading Blended Learning news from the Westminster Briefing
Two weeks into mentoring as a digital champion on the FutureLearn ‘Blended Learning Essentials’ #FLble1 course and it’s been a fascinating fortnight working with over 10,000 teachers and trainers from across the world. So what has struck me about themes from the 2 weeks? Firstly, I think what a self-effacing and self-critical bunch educators are… Continue reading MOOCs: thoughts from the front line of Blended Learning Essentials
The 2nd November sees the launch of Blended Learning Essentials a free online course for people working in further education, skills training, vocational education, workplace learning, lifelong learning or adult education. The course is designed to promote the many benefits of blended learning and explore how to make effective use of technology to support learners. Using the… Continue reading Blended Learning Essentials FutureLearn MOOC: 2 weeks to go – archive post from 20/10/2015