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edublogs: Trying to design the best training event we canLearning, Connectivism, Schools, Teacher CPD 1324 views
There is a lot that we in England can learn from our colleagues across the border in Scotland... particularly when it comes to professional development structures for our teachers.
Ewan describes in this post the elements that he tries to include within any CPD event that he runs. It includes:
- Ensuring the the training backup materials are online;
- Ensuring that participants can edit and add to the materials with their anecodotes, and help each other out even though they work in different locations;
- Ensuring participants have his blog and mobile phone number as a safetynet;
- Ensuring that participants could see from the training notes what their next steps might be in terms of training.
Some people would describe this approach as "blended". I'm gradually turning more and more away from that term towards the word "connected". What Ewan is showing here is how to make sure that the CPD opportunity at the event connects with other CPD back at school, or at a later date. But also, using the technologies available it allows people to connect with each other, and, via people's blogs, with other ideas.
This is where the learning theory known as Connectivism hits the road and gets put into practice.
I hadn’t thought I had come up with something that can be described with an ‘-ism’. As with all ideas which work it’s just simple, and relates to what good teachers have done for time and eternity - support the learner in whatever shape or form they come. In this case, it’s for learners who meet F2F, discover online, are led to the site or who forgot they were ever on the course and revisit things months later.
Best of all, if they don’t like something they can just change it, so course satisfaction will always be pretty close to 100%.