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FESS CPD Calendar Autumn/Winter 2016

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The Further Education Support Service has put together a calendar of events for Autumn/Winter 2016 to support those working in the FET environment in DES funded providers

Further information on all the events is below. 

Creating and Using Mind Maps to Support Teaching and Learning in FET

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Mind Maps are an excellent tool to help FET teachers, tutors and trainers organise their classes and teaching and learning environments. Mind Maps can help to motivate and engage learners by encouraging creativity and teaching learners how to learn, rather than simply memorizing content. These Mind Map workshop days will be very practical and interactive. Scenario based exercises will be used so that all attendees get to put their learning into practice.

By the end of the day each FET teacher, tutor, trainer will be able to:

  • Produce their  own mind maps
  • Organise their thoughts using thinking and planning maps
  • Present information using Mind Maps
  • Create programme plans, lesson plans and handouts using Mind Maps
  • Teach Mind Mapping to learners

The facilitators for these workshops will be DCM Learning and FESS

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

  Date Time Venue  

Events

Wednesday 7th December 2016

10.00am - 4.00pm

Registration with tea/coffee from 9.30am

Kilkenny Education Centre
Seville Lodge
Callan Road
Kilkenny
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Events

Thursday 8th December 2016

10.00am - 4.00pm

Registration with tea/coffee from 9.30am

Athlone Education Centre
Moydrum Rd
Athlone
Co. Westmeath

BlueRegister200 

 

 

 

Software Development/Computer Systems and Networks 

FESS and NNITT (National Network of IT Teachers - formerly NITTA) are offering the opportunity to teachers/tutors/trainers delivering programme modules leading to components in the QQI Software Development and Computer Systems and Networks awards at NFQ levels 5 and 6 to come together. This CPD session will facilitate teachers/tutors/trainers to share their recent experiences of delivering and assessing the new programmes and practical examples of assessment instruments used during the 2015-16 academic year, as well as exploring ideas for assessing learners in 2016-17.

A short input on devising assessment will be provided by FESS. The afternoon sessions will include workshops and discussions, which will be facilitated by teachers who have expressed an interest in sharing their experiences and/or resources.

The facilitators for these sessions are FESS and NNITT.

The target audience for these workshops is teachers/tutors/trainers delivering programme modules leading to components in the QQI Software Development/Computer Systems and Networks awards at NFQ levels 5 and 6. Please note that both events will take place on the same date, Wednesday 7th September 2016

Software Development

 

Date

Time

Venue

 

Events

Wednesday 7th September 2016

10.00am - 4.00pm

Registration with tea/coffee from 9.30am

Laois Education Centre
Block Road
Portlaoise
Co. Laois

BlueRegister200 

Computer Systems and Networks

Events

Wednesday 7th September 2016

10.00am - 4.00pm

Registration with tea/coffee from 9.30am

Laois Education Centre
Block Road
Portlaoise
Co. Laois

BlueRegister200 

 

 

Motivating and Engaging Learners in FET

Working in the Further Education and Training (FET) sector presents teachers/tutors/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/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.

Facilitator: Harry Freeman, Education Consultant

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

  Date Time Venue  

Events

Thursday 29th September 2016

10.00am - 4.00pm

Registration with tea/coffee from 9.30am

Laois Education Centre
Block Road
Portlaoise
Co. Laois
BlueRegister200 

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Thursday 27th October 2016 10.00am - 3.30pm

Registration with tea/coffee from 9.30am
Blackrock Education Centre
R830
Dún Laoghaire
Co. Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown
BlueRegister200 

 

 

 Being LGB and T+ Learners in FET

Following the success of the Yes Equality Campaign and the Marriage Referendum on May 22nd 2015, many believe that LGB and T+ young people in Ireland now feel fully accepted and visible in Irish society. However, the key findings of The LGBT Ireland Report, published on March 22nd 2016, state that only 20% of LGBTI students felt that they belonged completely in their school and only 44% of LGBTI students said they received positive affirmation of their identity.

Based on the importance of these findings, this interactive, participatory workshop will discuss real life experiences of LGB and T+ learners and teachers/tutors/trainers in the FET sector. It will examine the culture within our own institutions and challenge our current use of language, our thinking, and practices, whilst highlighting best practice based on recommendations provided by LGB and T+ support groups and current legislation.

Facilitator: Carrie Archer, Marino College of Further Education

The target audience for this workshop is those with a management role within their provider, for example, principals, deputy principals, centre managers, QA officers and co-ordinators.

Some of the activities for this session are online, so all participants are asked to please bring a device that can connect to the internet (smart phone or tablet are best)

  Date Time Venue  

Events

Thursday 15th September

10.00am - 4.00pm

Registration with tea/coffee from 9.30am

Athlone Education Centre
Moydrum Rd
Athlone
Co. Westmeath

BlueRegister200 

 

 

 Being LGB and T+ Learners in FET

This interactive, participatory workshop will discuss real life experiences of LGB and T+ learners and teachers in the FET sector. It will examine the culture within our own institutions and challenge our current use of language, our thinking, and practices, whilst highlighting best practice based on recommendations provided by LGB and T+ support groups and current legislation.


From a teaching perspective, the workshop will help you to look at your current materials and teaching practices and to challenge the language that is used whilst enabling you to look upon your teaching as a way of creating a visibility of the LGB and T+ community in your classrooms. By extension, we will examine legislation in workplaces regarding equality and how it can be implemented into current teaching in work experience/ work practice modules.

Facilitator: Carrie Archer, Marino College of Further Education

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

Some of the activities for these sessions are online, so all participants are asked to please bring a device that can connect to the internet (smart phone or tablet are best)

  Date Time Venue  

Events

Tuesday 18th October 2016

10.00am - 4.00pm

Registration with tea/coffee from 9.30am

Drumcondra Education Centre
St. Patrick's Training College
Drumcondra
Dublin 9
BlueRegister200 

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Wednesday 23rd November 2016

10.00am - 4.00pm

Registration with tea/coffee from 9.30am

Limerick Education Centre
Marshal House
Dooradoyle Road
Limerick
 BlueRegister200

 

 

  Learner Well-Being in the FET Environment

This interactive workshop is aimed at developing insight into the challenges facing learners with mental health difficulties and the potential importance of education in mental health recovery. Issues relating to policy will be covered and discussed, including the relevance of equality legislation, disclosure and confidentiality guidelines and admission and interview procedures. A range of possible supports for learners will be presented and some challenging case studies/scenarios will be discussed.

This training will support development of equality policy and procedures, and will be beneficial for work with all learners because good practice in supporting learners with mental health difficulties is good education practice.

Facilitator: Dr. Marie Rooney, Education Consultant

The target audience for this workshop is those with a management role within their provider, for example, principals, deputy principals, centre managers, QA officers and co-ordinators.

Bookings for this event is temporarily disabled. Please check back after Thursday1st September

  Date Time Venue  

Events

Tuesday 29th November

10.00am - 4.00pm

Registration with tea/coffee from 9.30am

Laois Education Centre
Block Road
Portlaoise
Co. Laois
BlueRegister200 

 

 

  Developing Learners' Academic Writing Skills (Levels 5 and 6)

The issues around research, academic writing skills and plagiarism, particularly in relation to generating assessment evidence for assignments, projects and collections of work present challenges at levels 5 & 6, in particular. This session will include theory and practical activities that will provide participants with some tools and activities that will help them to develop their learners’ skills in these areas, including strategies for promoting good research and writing practices among FET learners.

This will be an active and engaging session and participants will be provided with resources that can be used with learners.

Facilitator: FESS

The target audience for these workshops is teachers/tutors/trainers delivering programmes leading to awards at NFQ levels 5 and 6.

  Date Time Venue  

Events

Wednesday 5th October 2016

10.00am - 4.00pm

Registration with tea/coffee from 9.30am

Drumcondra Education Centre
St. Patrick's Training College
Drumcondra
Dublin 9
BlueRegister200 

Events

Tuesday 25th October 2016

10.00am - 4.00pm

Registration with tea/coffee from 9.30am

Sligo Education Centre
IT Campus
Ballinode
Sligo
 BlueRegister200

Events

Thursday 17th November 2016

10.00am - 4.00pm

Registration with tea/coffee from 9.30am

Limerick Education Centre
Marshal House
Dooradoyle Road
Limerick
BlueRegister200

Events

Tuesday 29th November 2016

10.00am - 4.00pm

Registration with tea/coffee from 9.30am

Kilkenny Education Centre
Seville Lodge
Callan Road
Kilkenny
BlueRegister200

 

 

   Assessing Learner Evidence in FET for QQI Certification

This workshop will support the role of the assessor in the FET learning environment. It 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


Facilitator: FESS

The target audience for these workshops is new teachers/tutors/trainers in FET OR those with a role in supporting teachers/tutors/trainers in assessment activities within their provider    

  Date Time Venue  

Events

Wednesday 28th September 2016

10.00am - 4.00pm

Registration with tea/coffee from 9.30am

Kilkenny Education Centre
Seville Lodge
Callan Road
Kilkenny
 BlueRegister200

Events

Friday 30th September 2016

10.00am - 4.00pm

Registration with tea/coffee from 9.30am

Dublin West Education Centre
Old Blessington Road
Tallaght
Dublin 24
BlueRegister200

Events

Tuesday 4th October 2016

10.00am - 4.00pm

Registration with tea/coffee from 9.30am

The Springfort Hall Country House Hotel
Mallow
Co. Cork

BlueRegister200

Events

Thursday 6th October 2016

 

Cancelled

 

Cancelled

This CPD event has been cancelled due to the
very
small numbers wishing to attend. 
Teachers/tutors interested in attending CPD
in this area,
may wish to attend the same session in another location. 

Events

Thursday 20th October 2016

10.00am - 4.00pm

Registration with tea/coffee from 9.30am

Galway Education Centre
Cluain Mhuire
Wellpark
Co. Galway

BlueRegister200

Events

 Wednesday 26th October 2016  10.00am - 4.00pm

Registration with tea/coffee from 9.30am

Limerick Education Centre
Marshal House
Dooradoyle Road
Limerick
BlueRegister200