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?”

Please Can I Go to the Research Ball?

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?”

Thoughts from the Westminster Education Forum

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”

Teacher CPD in a time- and cash-poor sector

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 staffContinue reading “Teacher CPD in a time- and cash-poor sector”

Blended Learning news from the Westminster Briefing

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 theirContinue reading “Blended Learning news from the Westminster Briefing”

MOOCs: thoughts from the front line of Blended Learning Essentials

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 areContinue reading “MOOCs: thoughts from the front line of Blended Learning Essentials”

Blended Learning Essentials FutureLearn MOOC: 2 weeks to go – archive post from 20/10/2015

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 theContinue reading “Blended Learning Essentials FutureLearn MOOC: 2 weeks to go – archive post from 20/10/2015”

Ada Lovelace Day – and why it’s important – archive post from 13/10/2015

Happy Ada Lovelace Day to you all! Founded in 2009, the purpose of the day is to celebrate inspirational women in science, technology, maths and engineering STEM) in order to inspire more girls and women into these areas. Though she is just as famous for being Lord Byron’s daughter, Ada Lovelace became a prodigy in maths andContinue reading “Ada Lovelace Day – and why it’s important – archive post from 13/10/2015”

We should all be digital champions – archive post from 02/10/2015

The need for more flexible options for learning and professional development was the driver for the surge in the number of blended learning courses followed closely by MOOCs and COOCs. This has also had the additional benefit of opening up education and training to new learner groups who may have been excluded previously – those inContinue reading “We should all be digital champions – archive post from 02/10/2015”