CPD Calendar

FESS CPD Calendar Autumn/Winter 2017

The Further Education Support Service has put together a calendar of events for Autumn/Winter 2017 to support those working in the FET environment in DES funded providers

Please note: There is frequently a waiting list for attendance at FESS CPD events. To ensure that the maximum number of people get the opportunity to attend a FESS CPD event, please contact FESS (jenny@fess.ie) if you cannot attend a CPD event that you have booked a place on. To allow FESS allocate the place to someone on the waiting list, please give a minimum of four working days notice.

The following is a list of the themes and topics for the Autumn/Winter CPD calendar. 

September

October

November

December

In addition to the above one day CPD events, FESS is please to announce a PILOT online course called Professional Diploma in Digital Marketing - for administrative staff with marketing responsibilities or FET teachers, tutors, trainers new to teaching this area.
Please note this is an entry level course to Digital Marketing.

 

Further information on all the CPD events is below. 

    Object Oriented Programming Professional Development

This CPD event aims to provide information to those teachers, tutors and trainers delivering/going to be delivering modules leading to Fundamentals of Object Oriented Programming 5N0541 and Object Oriented Programming 6N2108 by offering insights into the following:

  • Object Orientated Programming language and IDE selection (if not already selected)
  • Object Orientated Programming, Methodologies and Best Practices
  • Object Orientated Programming Assessment
  • Depth of topic for Level 5 and Level 6
  • Object Orientated Laboratory work
  • Object Orientated Examinations

A full set of notes, labs, assessment and past examination papers will be available for the Level 6 module, which would be transferable to the Level 5 module.

The target audience for this event is current/future teachers, tutors and trainers delivering modules leading to QQI components in object oriented programming

Facilitator: Keith Quille, Institute of Technology, Tallaght and St. Conleth's Community College

Please note: Pre booking is essential. Please do not book onto this event unless you are sure that you will attend / have approval to attend (if required). If an emergency arises, please inform us ASAP as we operate a waiting list system and if time allows we can offer your booked place to another person.

 

Date

Time

Venue

 

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Thursday 7th September 2017

10.00am - 4.00pm
Registration with tea/coffee from 9.30am

Institute of Technology Tallaght
Blessington Rd
Tallaght
Dublin 24
D24 FKT9

 

 

   Time Management in the FET Environment

This hands-on one-day time management course focuses on best practice tools and techniques that can be used to better manage your time and help you regain control of your workload within your day. You will identify your own personal time stealers; learn how and when to say no, how to prioritise effectively and most importantly, how to sustain these improvements over time rather than slip back into bad habits.

Learning Outcomes:
By the end of the day participants will be able to:

  • Identify and avoid their own personal time stealers
  • Understand the importance of creating time to plan
  • Use best practice tools and techniques to plan, prioritise and make the most of time
  • Reduce stress and improve well-being by being more in control of workload
  • Have more confidence to say no to unreasonable requests from colleagues
  • Have a personal action plan to implement back on the job

Topics Covered:

  • Your role responsibilities and priorities
  • Identifying who/what regularly delays you
  • Setting SMART goals and objectives for yourself
  • Planning tools and techniques – tasks; to do lists; daily plans
  • Prioritising tools and techniques – urgent versus important
  • Tips for maximising your instructional time
  • Dealing assertively with requests from other colleagues
  • Practical exercise to review your time issues

The target audience for this event is: Directors of FET, QA Officers, Heads of centres, Heads of department/co-ordinators, FET administration staff, teachers/tutors/trainers (where these topics are an element of the programme they deliver), etc.

Facilitators: DCM Learning / FESS

Please note: Pre booking is essential. Please do not book onto this event unless you are sure that you will attend / have approval to attend (if required). If an emergency arises, please inform us ASAP as we operate a waiting list system and if time allows we can offer your booked place to another person.

 

Date

Time

Venue

 

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Wednesday 20th September 2017

10.00am - 4.00pm
Registration with tea/coffee from 9.30am

Athlone Education Centre
Moydrum Road
Athlone
Co. Westmeath

 

 

  Universal Design for Learning (UDL): A Toolkit for Inclusive Education

AHEAD is a centre for inclusive practice in education who know how diverse and complex classrooms have become in terms of culture and ability and that FET educators have to pay attention to how inclusive their opportunities are for learners with disabilities and other disadvantages. This one day workshop will provide a theoretical background to Universal Design for Learning which is a framework to manage diversity and to include all learners. It will explore a range of issues for consideration when supporting learners with disabilities and it will identify practical tools and strategies that benefit not only learners with a disability, but all learners.

The following topics will be covered on the day: 

  • Introduction to Universal Design for Learning
  • Building capacity to include a diverse learner body including those with a disability
  • How to create an inclusive classroom. This session will use case studies to identify the impact of different disabilities in an educational environment and explore what works to support learners with disabilities in an FET environment. Learners with dyslexia, aspergers syndrome, mental health and sensory disabilities will all be considered here
  • The needs assessment process: a requirement for accessing additional funding for PLC learners with disabilities
  • Making the most of Technology for Learning
  • Evaluation, next steps in the short and long term

The target audience for this workshop is those with a management/co-ordination role in FET. Also for those tasked with supporting learners with a disability in FET 

Facilitators: AHEAD

Please note: Pre booking is essential. Please do not book onto this event unless you are sure that you will attend / have approval to attend (if required). If an emergency arises, please inform us ASAP as we operate a waiting list system and if time allows we can offer your booked place to another person.

 

Date

Time

Venue

 

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Tuesday 26th September 2017

10.00am - 4.00pm
Registration with tea/coffee from 9.30am

Athlone Education Centre
Moydrum Road
Athlone
Co. Westmeath

 

 

 Assessing Learner Evidence in FET for QQI Certification

These workshops will support the role of the assessor in the FET learning environment. The workshop will cover:

  • Overview of the assessment process, including key milestones
  • Ensuring an understanding of the standard associated with levels 1 – 6 of the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ)
  • Devising assessment instruments (briefs and examination papers), marking schemes and outline solutions
  • Making assessment judgements/decisions


The target audience for these workshops is new teachers/tutors/trainers in FET.

Facilitators: FESS

Please note: Pre booking is essential. Please do not book onto this event unless you are sure that you will attend / have approval to attend (if required). If an emergency arises, please inform us ASAP as we operate a waiting list system and if time allows we can offer your booked place to another person.

  Date Time Venue

BlueRegister200

Wednesday 27th September 2017

10.00am - 4.00pm
Registration with tea/coffee from 9.30am

Drumcondra Education Centre
St. Patrick's College of Education
Drumcondra
Dublin 9

BlueRegister200

Tuesday 3rd October 2017

10.00am - 4.00pm

Registration with tea/coffee from 9.30am

Limerick Education Centre
Marshal House
Dooradoyle Road
Limerick

 

   Supporting the Wellbeing of FET Staff in Leadership or Co-ordination Roles

This one day seminar will explore key themes that are relevant to FET staff in leadership or co-ordination roles.

Shane Martin will explore resilience, bouncibility and personal care and well-being. He will provide insight into our potential to cope during the challenging times, the science of the survivor and how to thrive despite adversity.Shane is a Chartered Psychologist of the Psychological Society of Ireland and is dedicated to teaching the very best self-help psychology to empower people to enhance the quality of their lives. His ‘Moodwatchers’ psychology course has been delivered the length and breadth of Ireland. He is the author of ‘Your Precious Life -How to Live it Well’

Jacinta Kitt will explore how to create and maintain a positive and effective work environment; the power of positive leadership and how to achieve it. Jacinta has over twenty years’ experience as a teacher, communicator and facilitator where she has spoken about the positive work environment, the toxicity of conflict and bullying in the workplace, accessible skills of communication, emotional and social intelligence, negotiation and facilitation, as well as the qualities of humour and humility that make for successful leadership. She is author of ‘Positive Behaviours, Relationships and Emotions: The Heart of Leadership in a School’

The target audience for these workshops is staff in leadership or co-ordination roles in FET

Facilitators: Shane Martin and Jacinta Kitt

Please note: Pre booking is essential. Please do not book onto this event unless you are sure that you will attend / have approval to attend (if required). If an emergency arises, please inform us ASAP as we operate a waiting list system and if time allows we can offer your booked place to another person.

 

Date

Time

Venue

 

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Wednesday 4th October 2017

10.00am - 4.00pm
Registration with tea/coffee from 9.30am

Education and Training Boards Ireland (ETBI)
Piper's Hill
Kilcullen Road
Naas
Co.Kildare

 

 

    Externship Visiting Programme - CISCO Systems Internetworking (Ireland)

Context:
Following the success of the Externship Visiting Programme in 2016 /2017, the Further Education Support Service (FESS) and National Network of IT Teachers (NNITT) with the support of SOLAS eCollege and ETBI are delighted to announce the third EVP which will take place in CISCO Systems Internetworking Ireland, Dublin.

Date: Thursday 5th October 2017

Time: 9:30 – 15:30

Target Audience: The primary target audience for this EVP will be IT teachers/tutors/trainers working in the FET sector.

The main objectives of the Externship Visiting Programme (EVP) are:

  • to provide teachers/tutors/trainers with an opportunity to experience and share practices with industry counterparts in the relevant field of learning
  • to provide an opportunity for collaborating organisations to inform and gain valuable insights into the skills, knowledge and competency that the FET system can provide to future employees
  • to develop a community of practice based on the experiences and relationships developed while on the EVP

The Externship Visiting Programme is designed so that participants can:

  • visit a company or organisation to get an overview of the roles, range of work, facilities etc.
  • become familiar with a range of contemporary and current practices, processes, technologies and methodologies used in organisations
  • develop an insight into recruitment, roles and positions, skills needs, pay and conditions, training, performance review processes, policies and procedures
  • engage with and share practices with staff working in relevant fields within the company or organisation and other colleagues participating in the EVP
  • acquire a portfolio of information that can be used to inform their own teaching and learning
  • provide the company or organisation with knowledge of the FET sector and the opportunities for employing FET graduates and for further networking opportunities
  • develop a community of practice among staff in the FET sector

Application Process
Teachers, tutors and trainers interested in participating in this EVP should complete the application form and submit it to externship@fess.ie to arrive no later than close of business 18th September 2017.

All applications will be acknowledged and offers of places on the EVP will be sent out the week beginning 25th September 2017. There are a limited number of places on this EVP so we regret that it may not be possible to offer a place to everyone who applies.

 

   Introducing Technology Enhanced Learning in the FET Environment - a workshop

Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) is the use of technology to facilitate and support innovative teaching and learning practices. It goes beyond the simple use of computers in the classroom, but rather revolutionises the learning environment into one which is more exciting, creative and engaging for all learners, especially those students with additional learning needs.

In Further Education and Training environments, the establishment of TEL is underpinned by the ETBI/SOLAS 2016-2019 TEL in FET strategy, which dovetails with numerous strategies, including: the 2013 National Digital Strategy for Ireland; the 2015 Public Service ICT Strategy; the overarching Further Education and Training (FET) Strategy 2014–2019; the National Skills Strategy 2025; the 2015 Digital Strategy for Schools; and the Digital Roadmap for HE.

By 2019, it is hoped that using technology to enhance learning and teaching will provide greater access to FE for learners, enterprise, and our wider society and economy. However, within the confines of your classroom, TEL enables student-centred, individualised teaching methods with differentiated tools for learning, in addition to tools for tracking progress and achievements of and by the learner (Staric, 2010).

There are tools which can, for example, assist with

  • receiving feedback from our learners
  • checking for understanding
  • providing assessment of and for learning
  • appealing to individual learners
  • providing access to learning and teaching, extending well beyond the classroom

This practical, interactive and hands-on one-day session will introduce you to some of the tools which can help you to redesign your existing materials and transform your own teaching, and therefore the experiences of your learners. You are required to Bring Your Own Device (BYOD). Smartphones are not sufficient for this session, so you will need a laptop or a tablet/notebook. For practical application in your classroom setting, many of the tools covered in this session will require internet access for both yourself and the learners in your own particular learning environment.

The target audience for this workshop is teachers, tutors and trainers in FET classrooms

Facilitator: Carrie Archer, CDETB, Marino College

Please note: Pre booking is essential. Please do not book onto this event unless you are sure that you will attend / have approval to attend (if required). If an emergency arises, please inform us ASAP as we operate a waiting list system and if time allows we can offer your booked place to another person.

 

Date

Time

Venue

 

BlueRegister200

Wednesday 11th October 2017

10.00am - 4.00pm
Registration with tea/coffee from 9.30am

Athlone Education Centre
Moydrum Road
Athlone
Co. Westmeath

 

 

  Learning Approaches and Tools to Support FET Learners in the Classroom

This new hands-on active learning and teaching workshop will explore a range of activities, tools and approaches that can support FET learners to actively engage in areas such as peer learning and sharing, collaborative thinking, planning, evaluation etc.

The toolkit of activities, tools and approaches can be integrated into the FET classroom and many can be used by learners to support their assessment work.

The target audience for this workshop is teachers, tutors and trainers working in FET classrooms

Facilitator: Miriam O' Donoghue, FESS

Please note: Pre booking is essential. Please do not book onto this event unless you are sure that you will attend / have approval to attend (if required). If an emergency arises, please inform us ASAP as we operate a waiting list system and if time allows we can offer your booked place to another person.

 

Date

Time

Venue

 

BlueRegister200

Thursday 19th October 2017

10.00am - 4.00pm
Registration with tea/coffee from 9.30am

Athlone Education Centre
Moydrum Road
Athlone
Co. Westmeath

 

 

   Motivating and Engaging Learners in FET

Working in the Further Education and Training (FET) sector presents teachers, tutors and trainers with a broad range of challenges. These include the wide diversity of abilities and experiences of the learner cohort and various levels of motivation. Social, emotional and behavioural issues amongst this learner cohort add to the complexity of the learning context within which FET staff practise. This session will offer practical strategies to help equip teachers, tutors and trainers to respond to the challenging behaviours encountered daily. It will also give teachers/tutors/trainers an opportunity to share and learn from each other.

The target audience for this workshop is teachers, tutors and trainers working in FET classrooms

Facilitator: Harry Freeman, Education Consultant

Please note: Pre booking is essential. Please do not book onto this event unless you are sure that you will attend / have approval to attend (if required). If an emergency arises, please inform us ASAP as we operate a waiting list system and if time allows we can offer your booked place to another person.

 

Date

Time

Venue

 

BlueRegister200

Tuesday 24th October 2017

10.00am - 4.00pm
Registration with tea/coffee from 9.30am

Waterford Education Centre
Newtown Road
Waterford City

 

 

  An Introduction to Project Management

FET staff are increasingly finding themselves in roles where they are planning and managing small scale activities and projects. This one day workshop will introduce participants to project management; the discipline of initiating, planning, executing, controlling, and closing the work of a team to achieve specific goals and meet specific success criteria.

The target audience for this workshop is FET Managers, Co-ordinators and anyone leading a FET team

Facilitators: DCM Learning/FESS

Please note: Pre booking is essential. Please do not book onto this event unless you are sure that you will attend / have approval to attend (if required). If an emergency arises, please inform us ASAP as we operate a waiting list system and if time allows we can offer your booked place to another person.

 

Date

Time

Venue

 

BlueRegister200

Tuesday 21st November 2017

10.00am - 4.00pm
Registration with tea/coffee from 9.30am

Athlone Education Centre
Moydrum Road
Athlone
Co. Westmeath

 

 

     Mentoring Colleagues to Embed Technology in their Classroom Practice

This one day workshop will explore with participants a TEL Mentoring Model that can be implemented in FET organisations, colleges and centres to support FET teachers, tutors and trainers to embed the use of digital technologies in their FET classrooms.

TEL Mentors who are working with the TELMs Erasmus+ project will discuss their experiences of working with the model and framework to enhance learning and teaching and share their experiences of working with colleagues as mentees.

The target audience for this event is FET Managers, Leaders and Co-ordinators

Facilitators: Members of thet TELMS team. Technology Enhanced Learning Mentoring Support (TELMS), aims to address the need for Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) as part of VET education provision. It also recognises that teaching staff need to be supported in their efforts to embed technology into classroom practice.
Funded by the Erasmus + programme, the TELMS project is set to run for two years (until 2018) under the supervision of five project partners. H2 Learning, an Irish e-learning services and consultancy organisation is TELMS project manager. Four VET organisations are also partners; Irish VET College from the City of Dublin Education and Training Board (CDETB); SERC, a VET College in the UK; the Solski Centre, a VET School in Slovenia; and Malignani, a VET Technical Institute in Italy.

Please note: Pre booking is essential. Please do not book onto this event unless you are sure that you will attend / have approval to attend (if required). If an emergency arises, please inform us ASAP as we operate a waiting list system and if time allows we can offer your booked place to another person.

 

Date

Time

Venue

 

BlueRegister200

Thursday 7th December 2017

10.00am - 4.00pm
Registration with tea/coffee from 9.30am

Athlone Education Centre
Moydrum Road
Athlone
Co. Westmeath