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FESS PD Calendar 2021 Spring/Summer

The Further Education Support Service has put together a calendar of events for Spring/Summer 2021 to support those working in the FET environment in DES funded providers. We have focused on offering on-line webinars, workshops and clinics across a range of topics. Those who register for a place on one of the on-line events will receive a link, via e-mail, that will allow them access the event on the given date and time. 

Please note: If you would like further information about a PD event, please contact FESS on cpdbookings@fess.ie. If you would like to cancel a place at a PD event, please contact FESS on cpdcancellations@fess.ie. To ensure that the maximum number of people get the opportunity to attend a FESS PD event, please give a minimum of four working days notice when cancelling attendance.

Please also note that in response to the fact that a number of people booked a place at PD events in Autumn/Winter 2020 and then didn't log into those events, FESS took the decision to oversubscribe our events. This means that we will allow more people book a place at an event than there are places for. Those who log in first at the designated time for the live online event will be those who will be accommodated with a place. We hope that by taking this action, we will be able to maximise the number of people who are getting to log in to our PD events.

Local Seminars: FESS also provides local, tailored PD events, on request. Some conditions apply. Further information is available here. Currently, only requests for on-line events can be facilitated.

eCollege: If interested in courses run through eCollege, click here for further information. In addition, please note, a new eCollege course, Moodle for Teachers, was launched in June 2019. Further information is available here.

 

The following is a list of the current themes and topics for the PD calendar:

      Uncertainty and Upheaval - Strategies for coping better during periods of anxiety in our lives

Anxiety is an important and necessary emotion. We need to feel the ‘pinch’ of pressure in order to prepare for challenges. Deadlines need to be looming in order to help us focus and achieve our goals. Anxiety is our body’s natural mechanism for ensuring that we are prepared for the everyday challenges of life.

With the advent of COVID-19 everything has changed. We find ourselves in a place where we were never before. We are doing different things and doing things differently. We humans like to plan but we find ourselves uneasy and apprehensive about the future. It’s very unsettling.

Anxiety is the prevalent emotion of this time. Excessive anxiety can hinder our preparations and impact on performance. It is vital that we do not become engulfed by it. Learning how to rise to new challenges ensures that we stay motivated and in control. An awareness of coping strategies for times of upheaval and uncertainty would be useful and empowering.

This PD session will offer tips for coping better with anxiety and scientifically validated strategies for growing stronger during challenging times.

The target audience for this event is: FET Staff including teachers, tutors, trainers, co-ordinators, managers.

Facilitation: This event will be hosted by FESS and facilitated by Shane Martin. 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’.

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

 

 Dates

Time 

 Venues

 BlueRegister200

 Wednesday, 3rd February 2021

10.00 - 12.00

Online

Link to the event will be emailed in advance
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   Feedback to Learners on Summative Assessment Tasks

The focus of this PD event is on supporting the assessor on giving meaningful learner feedback on summative assessment tasks. This event will supplement the resources already uploaded to www.fess.ie (https://www.fess.ie/assessment/feedback-to-learners).

This event will consist of a synchronous webinar that will facilitate those booked into the event to ask questions with a view to teasing out the purpose, approaches, benefits and challenges associated with giving feedback to learners.

The target audience for this event is: Assessors or those in a co-ordination and/or quality assurance role.

Facilitation: This event will be facilitated by FESS.

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

    
 

 Dates

Time 

 Venues

 BlueRegister200

Wednesday, 24 February 2021

14.00 - 16.00

Online
Link to the event will be emailed in advance


BlueRegister200

Tuesday, 4th May 2021

This is a repeat of a session that has previously been offered in Nov 2020 and Feb 2021

10.00 - 12.00

Online
Link to the event will be emailed in advance

 

    An Introduction to Local Assessment for New Assessors

This online workshop will support the assessor working in a further education and training environment, where the assessor is required to develop local assessment instruments and related documentation.

In advance of the workshop, a Powerpoint presentation with supporting documentation will be made available to those who have booked a place, with the expectation that they will review them prior to the workshop. The workshop will then facilitate new assessors to tease out the detail contained in the presentation and documentation. Those who log into the session will also be facilitated to ask questions and request clarification on issues relevant to their provision and/or context.

The following topics will be covered:

  • An 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 local assessment instruments (briefs and examination papers), marking schemes and outline solutions
  • Making assessment judgements/decisions

The target audience for this event is: those assessing learners for the first time, using locally devised assessment instruments.

Facilitation: This event will be facilitated by FESS.

Please note: Pre-booking is essential. Please do not book onto this session unless you are sure that you will attend / have approval to attend (if required). If an emergency arises, please inform us ASAP (cpdcancellations@fess.ie) 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, 16th March 2021

10.00 - 12.00

Online

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    Reflective Practice in Further Education and Training Settings

Why Reflective Practice?

Reflective practice has become a focus of interest and a powerful movement in education. The complexity of teaching requires educators to question their practices for their own professional development in order to improve and to increase learner performance. Reflective practice is the ability to reflect on an action so as to engage in a process of continuous learning. A key rationale for reflective practice is that experience alone does not automatically lead to learning, deliberate reflection on experience is essential.

Further Education and Training (FET) programmes often take place in settings that have a great deal of ambiguity, complexity, variety, and conflicting values that make unique demands on an educator's skills and knowledge. As a result FET personnel are constantly making choices about the nature of problems that arise and how to solve them in a caring and supportive way. We review our teaching methods and behaviours and determine what works or doesn’t work for learners, cognitively and affectively, in given contexts.

By engaging in reflective practice about our work, we learn to recognise our personal and professional values. We become more adept at trialling new ways of teaching or communicating. We become better educators, administrators, trainers, managers or leaders. We ultimately become masters of our own professional development.

This online PD event will guide you through the theory and practice of reflection on your work. There will be opportunities for you to engage in reflective writing during the session so please bring a pen and paper. On registration, you will be asked to complete an initial exercise that will help you to focus on your present situation. This exercise is for you and will not be shared with others.


The target audience for this event is: FET Staff including teachers, tutors, trainers, co-ordinators, managers.

Facilitation: This event will be hosted by FESS and facilitated by Carmel Lillis. Carmel is an independent education consultant. She has worked in a variety of roles in the education system and has contributed to leadership programmes for teachers in Maynooth University and the University of Limerick in the areas of reflective practice and action research. She is a qualified personal and executive coach. Carmel works with Education Centres and presents programmes for principals and deputy principals. She has delivered professional development seminars to Special Needs Assistants and is involved in supporting nurture groups in schools.

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

    
 

 Dates

Time 

 Venues

 BlueRegister200

 Monday, 22 March 2021

10.00 - 11.30

Online

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Online clinic(s) to support FET practitioners with blended learning

These one hour online sessions complement the FESS Handbook, An Introductory Guide to Blending a Course: Strategies for Blended Delivery. The sessions will provide an opportunity for FET practitioners to pose any blended-learning related questions and queries that they may have. An informal approach will be adopted for these sessions which will also allow for the sharing and discussion of ideas. These clinics will be hosted on Zoom and the link will be emailed to participants a couple of days in advance of the event. 

Target audience: FET practitioners including course co-ordinators, teachers, trainers, tutors involved in the delivery of blended programmes.

Facilitation: Members of the FESS team. 

Please note: Pre-booking is essential. Please do not book onto these clinics unless you are sure that you will attend / have approval to attend (if required). If an emergency arises, please inform us ASAP (cpdcancellations@fess.ie) as we operate a waiting list system and if time allows we can offer your booked place to another person. Prior to each clinic, each participant will be emailed a link to attend. 

   Date(s)  Time  Venues
 BlueRegister200  Thursday, 21 January 2021  15.00 - 16.00

 Online

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BlueRegister200 Wednesday, 27 January 2021 16.00 - 17.00

Online

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 BlueRegister200

Tuesday, 2 February 2021

15.00 - 16.00

Online

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BlueRegister200 Wednesday, 10 February 2021 16.00 - 17.00

Online

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BlueRegister200 Thursday, 25 February 2021 15.00 - 16.00

Online

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BlueRegister200 Wednesday, 3 March 2021 16.00 - 17.00

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BlueRegister200 Tuesday, 9 March 2021 15.00 - 16.00

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BlueRegister200 Thursday, 18 March 2021 16.00 - 17.00

Online

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BlueRegister200 Wednesday, 24 March 2021 15.00 - 16.00

Online

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   Reimagining your Course – The move to Blended Learning

In Autumn/Winter 2020, FESS partnered with H2 Learning to provide an online learning opportunity for FET practitioners. As providers continue to find themselves in a position where learners are accessing their learning online, this course will continue to be available, subject to demand.

As blended learning becomes more common place across the sector, this course will support educators in improving the quality of their online offerings to learners. The goal of the course is to help participants to create a plan for moving some elements of their course or module online.

The course consists of a series of four online sessions that will allow participants to reimagine their course/module to include online learning. Participants will have a blended learning experience where they will participate in a mix of synchronous and asynchronous learning activities.

Participants will initially undertake three asynchronous sessions in their own time and it is expected that each session will take up to 30 minutes. The three sessions are as follows:
1. Reflecting on Covid-19 - Where we came from and where we might go?
2. Blended Learning - What might it look like in your context?
3. Designing Blended Learning - The Foundations of Learning Design
These three sessions will be followed by a fourth session – a live online reimaging workshop. The goal of the workshop is that participants will have a process and a structure by which they can design blended learning that meets their learners’ needs. Please note: once you have completed the asynchronous material, you will be required to register your interest in the live online workshop. Details regarding this will be e-mailed to you.

This live online workshop will be available to FET practitioners that have completed the previous 3 asynchronous sessions. It is expected that participants will have had time to reflect and begin planning their learning designs in advance of the live workshop. This session will take place on Zoom and will be 2 hours long. The live online workshop will:
• focus on designing a blended learning approach for a programme, module or a centre
• be discussion based and it will use elements of the ABC Learning Framework, Microsoft 21 CLD materials and other appropriate tools
• facilitate discussion and sharing of participants’ designs
The live workshop will be offered to groups of no more than 60 participants.

Target audience: FET practitioners including course co-ordinators, teachers, trainers, tutors involved in the delivery of blended programmes
Facilitators: Dr. Michael Hallisey, H2 Learning and FESS
Date: A link to the asynchronous elements of the course will be forwarded to the person who registers for this PD event. The live online workshop will be scheduled as soon as there is sufficient demand.

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

 
   Date(s) and Time  Venue
 BlueRegister200                                   Self-directed learning for the three asynchronous sessions.

The fourth session, the live online workshop, will be based on demand.

 Online

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    Reimagining your assessment for remote learners

This course complements the existing FESS/H2 Learning Reimagining your course – the move to blended learning course which focused primarily on blending the delivery of your course. The main aim of this new course is to get people thinking about their current formative and summative assessment plans and consider ways of conducting the assessment differently.

The course will include some underpinning principles and theoretical perspectives, quality assurance considerations and a range of case studies from across the FET sector. It will also provide participants with the opportunity to engage with FET colleagues in discussions on a range of assessment related issues.

This course comprises:

a set of pre-recorded resources that participants can engage with in their own time (asynchronous)
a live workshop session (synchronous).

In order maximise the learning from the live workshop, it is important that those booking into the live session would have engaged with the asynchronous material.

We would like to acknowledge the valuable contribution made by FET practitioners, from across the FET sector, for sharing their experience through the case studies included in this course.

Target audience: FET practitioners including course coordinators, teachers, trainers, tutors involved in the assessment of learners.

Facilitation: FESS with Dr. Michael Hallisey, H2 Learning

Date: A link to the asynchronous elements of the course will be forwarded to the person who registers for this PD event on the week beginning 1 March 2021. Those who register, will be offered a range of dates from the week beginning 8 March, where they can book in for one of the live sessions.

Please note: Pre-booking is essential. If for some reason that you need to cancel your booking, please inform us at cpdcancellations@fess.ie as we operate a waiting list system and if time allows, we can offer your booked place to another person.


 
   Date(s) and Time  Venue

 BlueRegister200                          

Self-directed learning for the asynchronous sessions, starting the week beginning 1 March.

The live online workshop will be available from the week beginning 8 March.

 Online

Link to the online material will be emailed during the week of the 1 March
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Online clinic(s) to support FET practitioners with blended learning and remote assessment of learners

These one hour online sessions complement the FESS Handbook, An Introductory Guide to Blending a Course: Strategies for Blended Delivery, the Reimagining your course - the move to blended learning coiurse and the Reimagining your assessment for remote learners course. The sessions will provide an opportunity for FET practitioners to pose any blended-learning and remote assessment related questions and queries that they may have. An informal approach will be adopted for these sessions which will also allow for the sharing and discussion of ideas. These clinics will be hosted on Zoom and the link will be emailed to participants a couple of days in advance of the event. 

Target audience: FET practitioners including course co-ordinators, teachers, trainers, tutors involved in the delivery of blended programmes and the assessmnet of remote learners.

Facilitation: Members of the FESS team. 

Please note: Pre-booking is essential. Please do not book onto these clinics unless you are sure that you will attend / have approval to attend (if required). If an emergency arises, please inform us ASAP (cpdcancellations@fess.ie) as we operate a waiting list system and if time allows we can offer your booked place to another person. Prior to each clinic, each participant will be emailed a link to attend. 

BlueRegister200 Thursday, 22 April 2021 15.00 - 16.00  Online

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BlueRegister200 Thursday, 29 April 2021 16.00 - 17.00  Online

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BlueRegister200 Tuesday, 4 May 2021 15.00 - 16.00  Online

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BlueRegister200 Wednesday, 12 May 2021 16.00 - 17.00  Online

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