Private Social Networks for Education

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 ‘Why do you keep sending me email?’

From guest writer Paul Styles.

I thought you were down with the kids? Why do you keep sending me email!

That was the response I received from a student when asking why he hadn’t responded to me trying to get in touch regarding his assignment work …. 6 years ago!

It was at that moment I realised that I had to start communicating with students the way they communicate with each other and so took my first step away from Lecturing Sports Science and towards working in the field of Technology Enhanced Learning. [Read more…]

Never Stop Learning!

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From guest writer: John Dalziel.

I have spent a lot of time…

  • communicating,
  • listening and
  • learning.

Nowhere near as much as much as I did before retirement but, there is no doubt, in my mind, that the best advice that I can give anyone is to…

  • “Never Stop Learning!”
  • “Learn how to listen effectively” and
  • “Communicate in appropriate ways”.

I feel that the energy and passion that exudes from me, as an active learner using New and Emerging Technologies (uNET), is contagious to those that I communicate with and have communicated with throughout my career in Education. [Read more…]

How can we approach live online learning to ensure good practice?

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With the advancement of technology the benefits of delivering some learning and marketing through webinars and live online learning have become clear over recent years. There are cost savings for organisations and individuals with regards travel, accommodation, facilities and time away from work. The impact of good live online learning, or so-called ‘virtual training’, can be around more impact on people’s day to day work, adopting a blended approach so that resources, not courses, become the way forward and that employees/customers/learners take more responsibility for their own development. [Read more…]

Five Steps to Online Delivery

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At a time when funding cuts top the agenda for most managers in FE & Skills and the common solution is to slice even deeper into depleted budgets. It makes even more sense to maximise the resources that you already have and is quite likely to be underutilised. For example, even if it was not already being legislated for, it is simply common sense to deliver some of your training online. [Read more…]

Professional development for FE & Skills Practitioners

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a doctors and, while waiting for your appointment, discovered that the doctor hadn’t had any Professional development 4 practitioner training since they qualified in the 70’s? [Read more…]

FELTAG a directive, an aspiration or just common sense?

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For a while there, I believed that the FELTAG report might be just the kick up the backside so richly deserved by the management of many Learning Providers to engage in the use of current technology.  I still believe that the objective will be achieved, but I fear that it may be later than the original target date.

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