BOOKING NOW!Exciting Development Programme for those in Advanced Practitioner-type roles – Education and Training Foundation’s #APConnect Y4 (2021-22)

I am delighted to share details of the exciting year 4 on the Professional Development Programme for Advanced Practitioners. I have been involved from year one as a module designer, trainer and webinar facilitator and have seen how participants have grown in confidence and skills through the experience, so it is great to see another varied programme on offer for 21-22.

Organised by touchconsultingLtd on behalf of the Education and Training Foundation, the programme has pathways for people with experience in Advanced Practitioner-type roles and for those just starting out on that developmental journey. I will be leading on the Developmental Observations and Leading AP Teams modules and co-presenting with Professor Matt O’Leary each time.

Here is the launch blog to give you more information and some links for booking in:

#APConnect – Keeping the Lights On! (live-stream launch event on Wed 16 June 4:30 to 5:30pm; live-stream available post event)  

Constellation B & C (closing date 30 Wednesday June 5:00pm)

Deepening your Thinking Environment Practice (starts 24 June)

Do follow the twitter handle @touchconsulting and #APConnect for updates and as always, if you have any queries about any of the programme pathways, please contact Joss Kang joss@touchconsulting.net or on Twitter @josskang or @loumycroft

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Teaching Excellence Podcast: Stef Wilkinson and Joanne Miles talk about the importance of reflection

https://t.co/IQZmOHkghO?amp=1

Thanks to Stef Wilkinson for welcoming me as a guest on the Teaching Excellence Podcast again today. We had a wide-ranging discussion about life right now in the FE sector, focusing on the value of reflective practice for learners and teachers, professional collaboration and sharing and getting ready for next academic year. You can listen to our conversation on the link above.

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GMC HQ Site: Resources for teachers, students, leaders and managers to develop and improve digital and blended learning

I was lucky enough to be involved in planning and facilitating the dissemination event for the GMCG Digital and Blended Learning Project in February 2021 and became aware of the wealth of resources that were being developed at the participating colleges. These resources are now available for the wider sector to access via the GMC HQ website.

Content relates to support for learners, digital tools, synchronous and asynchronous learning, curriculum design, inclusion and SEND, quality, leadership and management.

The process to sign up was quick and easy and then I found a wide range of blogs, articles, clips and other materials related to current blended and digital practice in the FE sector. Thank you so much to the contributors for sharing this content with us all.

Further information and the link below for you:

Developed as part of GMCG Digital and Blended Learning Project, funded through the College Collaboration Fund, GMC HQ site provides a range of resources for teachers, students, leaders and managers to develop and improve the quality of provision.

All resources are available to colleagues across the colleges and wider education community, including secondary schools and other post-16 and adult education providers.

Link to website here:

GMC HQ

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Recent research on digital and blended learning in Further Education

What is an effective digital experience for learners?

Sarah Knight, Head of Learning and Teaching Transformation at Jisc, looks at the findings of its recent research on learners’ experiences and expectations of digital learning and asks what can be learnt from them.

Teaching staff digital experience insights survey: UK Further Education findings

This year, 2,685 teaching staff from 26 further education (FE) and sixth form colleges took part in the JISC survey. The survey was conducted between October 2019 and July 2020. 62% of the data for this survey was collected after the lockdown on 23 March in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Shaping the digital future of FE and skills

Kick-started by the rapid shift to online working and studying enforced by the pandemic, shaping the digital future of FE and skills is a cross-sector research project led by Jisc, working in tandem with the Association of Colleges (AoC).

JISC further education and skills strategy: 2020-2023

Our three-year FE and skills strategy aims to provide digital services that elevate the further education and skills sector’s ability to serve people as lifelong learners.

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“Cold Calling” Questioning Technique: The Case For And Against

  1. Cold Calling and Bad Pizza – arguments for and against cold calling and some research findings

2. Cold Call is Inclusive – practical applications of the techniques and their benefits

https://www.psychologytoday.com/gb/blog/the-ethical-professor/201311/the-case-classroom-cold-calling-what-do-you-think

3. The ethical professor blog – insights from the HE context

4. Cold Calling. pdf – overview of the approach from The Chartered College of Teaching

5. Cold Calling post from Tom Sherrington – the value of cold calling as an inclusive technique

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Three ways to use Chat in online learning

Here are three short video clips with related blog content, showing teachers using Chat in different ways as part of online learning sessions.

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Project-Based Learning – Tips, Techniques and Pointers For Online Learning

https://www.edutopia.org/article/using-pbl-boost-online-engagement

https://www.edutopia.org/article/adaptable-framework-project-based-learning

https://www.edutopia.org/article/your-checklist-virtual-project-based-learning

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5-minute Loom Recording from Joanne Miles: Facilitation Skills for T&L Coaches and Advanced Practitioners

Recently, I have been supporting several groups of TLA Coaches and Advanced Practitioners with developing their skill sets for use in school or college. We have been working on reflective dialogue skills, designing CPD sessions that foster ownerships and facilitation skills. This short Loom recording unpicks the skills of facilitation, which can be so useful in leading subject team meetings or CPD sessions that engage others effectively.

https://www.loom.com/share/61ad5a4299024ae0b421057447d49088

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Talking about the quality of online/blended teaching and learning in a pandemic

1.Teaching Excellence Podcast – November 17th 2020 – Joanne Miles and Stef Wilkinson

https://anchor.fm/TeachingExcellence/episodes/Quality-Improvement-in-a-pandemic-with-Joanne-Miles-emjs66

We talk about how we conceptualise, evaluate and develop the quality of teaching and learning in virtual spaces

2.AoC/ETF Online Conference – October 21st 2020

Presentation slides from Professor Matt O’Leary’s session on Capturing what “quality” teaching and learning looks like in a virtual environment and how best to support it

3. Slide Presentation for a Zoom Conversation – September 29th 2020

Developing our understanding of the quality of TLA in virtual spaces – a conversation between Professor Matt O’Leary and Joanne Miles

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Guidance for teachers on designing remote learning materials

Five practical and simple tips for designing remote learning materials:

https://www.iste.org/explore/learning-during-covid-19/five-tips-designing-materials-remote-learning

Tips on devising asynchronous modules for learners to work on at home:

Free webinar on adapting resources to deliver content online:

https://booking.etfoundation.co.uk/course/details/733

Concise summary of research findings about designing video-based lessons – useful practical tips here:

Practical hints and tips for making teaching videos:

https://achemicalorthodoxy.wordpress.com/2020/09/22/some-top-tips-for-making-teaching-videos/

How to insert a text box to type in when in PowerPoint slideshow mode, to support modelling in live lessons:

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