Building the skills for a sustainable future: the most important report FE professionals can read this year

I’m sure I’ve not been alone in eagerly awaiting the new Education and Training Foundation workforce survey report on sustainability in FE, Experiences of Education for Sustainable Development in the Further Education and Training Sector . Today it’s finally arrived, a timely publication as the UK hosts the UN COP26 conference in just a fewContinue reading “Building the skills for a sustainable future: the most important report FE professionals can read this year”

In praise of complex, ‘messy’ practitioner research

This is the first of 3 blogs on the Education and Training Foundation / CC Consultancy OTLA programme, phase 6. This blog first appeared on the ETF site here on 15th June, 2021. In this blog – the first of a series of three – Dr Lynne Taylerson, the author of a recent thematic review intoContinue reading “In praise of complex, ‘messy’ practitioner research”

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”