NUI Maynooth Summer Writing Institute For Teachers (SWIFT) 2017 (announced March 2017)
The National University of Ireland, Maynooth, will facilitate a Summer Writing Institute For Teachers (SWIFT) in July 2017. This offering builds on previous institutes, held in 2014, 2015 and 2016, which were originally designed in consultation with a range of teaching and learning networks, including Maynooth University Early Childhood, the Further Education Support Service, the Reading Association of Ireland (now Literacy Association of Ireland) and the Irish Network for the Enhancement of Writing.
The institute draws from the US National Writing Project model and is designed to provide an opportunity for teachers, from all education levels, to meet, share good practice, and learn more about writing and the teaching of writing. At the institute you will look closely at your own writing and student writing, explore issues and ideas in the teaching of writing, work toward becoming teacher leaders and share classroom practices or activities.
The institute will take place in Maynooth University from 10.00 a.m. to 3.30 p.m. from Monday 3rd July until Friday 7th July inclusive.
The institute is free to all participants but places will be strictly limited and allocated across the education levels. All applications and queries must be made by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. All shortlisted applicants will be contacted by Friday 12th May 2017.
If you would like to read more about this initiative please click here.
Updated list of eCollege on-line courses (announced March 2017)
An updated list of eCollege courses, available to FET staff members employed by DES/SOLAS-funded, QQI registered providers, is now available for viewing. The courses are free of charge.
Please click here for more information
FESS CPD Calendar for Spring 2017 (announced February 2017)
Taking Care of Your Well-Being for FET Teachers and Tutors (announced November 2016)
To work effectively with learners it is important to take care of your own well-being, as a teacher and tutor. This booklet will explore how you can use the findings and strategies of positive psychology and maximise your own individual potential for happiness and well-being. Taking Care of Your Well-Being for FET Teachers and Tutors was developed by Dr. Marie Rooney on behalf of FESS to support those working in the FET sector. We hope that you find it useful.
Publication of Programme Module Specific and Thematic Resource Lists (announced October 2016)
FESS is pleased to announce that in addition to new programme specific resources, we now also have thematic specific resource lists available here
The thematic resources can be categorised under the following headings:
Equality and Diversity
Learner well-being in the FET Environment
Literacy and Numeracy
Teaching and Learning
Technology Enhanced Learning
Resource Development Initiative (announced May 2016)
Following the success of Phase 1 and Phase 2 of a project that resulted in programme module specific resource lists being developed by FET teachers and trainers, FESS would now like to announce Phase 3 of development.
This phase of development will focus solely on 2 areas:
1. Resource lists for specific programme modules leading to QQI Certification at Levels 5/6
2. Resource lists addressing specific FET thematic areas
Two application forms are listed below for teachers, tutors or trainers who may be interested in getting involved in writing the resource lists:
- Application Form 1 is for programme module specific resource lists
- Application Form 2 is for FET thematic areas
Click here to view resources developed during Phases 1 and 2 of the project.
Applications must be made to email@example.com, no later than Wednesday, 1st June 2016 at 17.00. Applications will only be accepted for the development of resource lists for the specific programme modules and FET thematic areas identified.
All resource list writing must be completed and submitted on or before 22nd August 2016.
IBM's Academic Initiative partnership with FESS and the National Network of IT Teachers
FESS and the Network of IT Teachers have been delighted to partner together to offer CPD to FET IT teachers over the last year. As part of these CPD offerings, FESS and NNITT have also been proud to partner with IBM in delivering CPD in their Academic Initiative.
The IBM Academic Initiative is a programme that partners Colleges and Universities around the world to better educate students for a more skilled and competitive IT workforce. Teachers and students who participate in the IBM Academic Initiative have access to courseware and certification training programs based on open standards and IBM proprietary technologies.
Teachers in the Irish FET sector can now register with IBM Academic Initiative and gain access to resources, educator guides and toolkits in areas such as software development, security, database technologies, mobile, and Cloud technologies.
If teachers wish to register for IBM Academic Initiative it is recommended that they register using a legitimate college or ETB email as IBM authenticate all requests for Academic access against a list of known institutions.
Please note; the nomination process for access to the Cloud offering in Academic Initiative (i.e. Bluemix) has been temporarily closed since 1st March and will open again to new nominations at a later date. Information with respect to the reopening of Cloud/Bluemix will be communicated as soon as IBM inform of same.
In the meantime; teachers can continue to enroll with the IBM Academic Initiative and gain access to many other resources other than Bluemix/Cloud (such as Security, Mobile etc) - it is only the Bluemix that has a temporary global stop (during which we understand they are streamlining the process for academic access to Bluemix and certain other services)
FESS plans to continue its relationship with the network of IT Teachers and SOLAS eCollege to deliver CPD opportunities for teachers delivering programmes leading to IT awards.
Publication of Programme Module Specific Resource Lists (announced November 2015)
FESS is pleased to present an updated section on www.fess.ie which provides suggested resource lists developed by FET teachers and tutors to support delivery of programme modules leading to a range of QQI components. These resource lists may be of interest to teachers and tutors teaching a programme module for the first time or teachers and tutors looking for new ideas. It is hoped to continue to upload more resource lists as they become available.
Please check out these lists here
May 2015 Grading of QQI FET Major Awards
To view an explanation of how QQI calculate the grade of a FET major award using the QBS, and to access some worked examples, please click here.