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PD Calendar 2020

FESS PD Calendar 2020 Autumn/Winter

The Further Education Support Service has put together a calendar of events for 2020 to support those working in the FET environment in DES funded providers. At the time of compiling the calendar, there remains uncertainty around offering face-to-face PD events. With this in mind we have focused instead 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.

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:

August

September

October

  November

 

   Reimagining your Course – The move to Blended Learning
This course will continue to run on demand.

FESS has partnered with H2 Learning to provide an online learning opportunity for FET practitioners. 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.

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 between 90 and 120 minutes. 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: First course begins on Wednesday 26 August (Each participant will be provided with a link to the asynchronous element of the course before this date). 
Number of participants: 120 per asynchronous iteration 

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)  Time  Venue

Full - no places remaining

 Ongoing from Wednesday 26th August

Self-directed learning for the three asynchronous sessions

Follow-up live online workshop details will issue to those who wish to proceed to the fourth workshop, which will be based on demand.  

Online

Link to the online material will be emailed in advance

Full - no places remaining

Ongoing from Monday 14 September

Self-directed learning for the three asynchronous sessions

Follow-up live online workshop details will issue to those who wish to proceed to the fourth workshop, which will be based on demand.  

Online

Link to the online material will be emailed in advance

BlueRegister200 Links to the material will be available from Monday 21 September

Self-directed learning for the three asynchronous sessions

Follow-up live online workshop details will issue to those who wish to proceed to the fourth workshop, which will be based on demand.

Online

Link to the online material will be emailed in advance

 BlueRegister200 Links to the material will be available from Monday 28 September  Self-directed learning for the three asynchronous sessions

Follow-up live online workshop details will issue to those who wish to proceed to the fourth workshop, which will be based on demand.

 Online

Link to the online material will be emailed in advance

 

  An Introduction to Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

This online webinar will provide a number of considerations for staff in further education regarding Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). This will include language, RPL in education, policy and practice, impact for staff, students and providers and curriculum development including learning and programme outcomes.

The target audience for this event is: FET staff working in coordination and quality assurance roles, FET teachers and trainers who have an interest in RPL.

Facilitation: This event will be hosted by FESS and facilitated by Deirdre Goggin, Recognition of Prior Learning/ Work Based Learning Development Officer, Cork Institute of Technology.

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

 Friday, 4th September 2020

10.00 - 12.00

Online

Link to the event will be emailed in advance

 

  The Pedagogy of Online Teaching and Learning

This event will consist of an online workshop where the facilitator will share her knowledge, experience and expertise on the pedagogy of teaching and learning in an online environment. The session will mirror the use of a range of tools while also addressing the pedagogical considerations of online teaching and learning including ensuring the creation of a social presence online, facilitating meaningful student engagement and collaboration, learning design, etc.

The target audience for this event is: FET staff including course co-ordinators, teachers, trainers, tutors involved in the delivery of blended programmes.

Facilitation: This event will be hosted by FESS and facilitated by Dr. Orna Farrell, National Institute of Digital Learning in DCU. Orna is Assistant Professor and Chair of the DCU Connected Humanities Programmes and her research interests include online teaching and learning, online student success and engagement and eportfolio based learning. Orna is principal investigator of the National Forum funded project #Openteach: professional development for online educators - a course which many FET online educators completed earlier this year.

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

 Tuesday, 8th September 2020

10.00 - 11.30

Online

Link to the event will be emailed in advance

 

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 (available on www.fess.ie in September). 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: Liz Hogan, Blended Learning Expert and 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  Wednesday 9th September 2020  16.00 - 17.00

 Online

Zoom link to the event will be emailed in advance

BlueRegister200 Thursday 17th September 2020 16.00 - 17.00

Online

Zoom link to the event will be emailed in advance

 BlueRegister200

Tuesday 22 September 2020 

15.00 - 16.00 

Online

Zoom link to the event will be emailed in advance

 
BlueRegister200 Friday 2 October 2020  12.00 - 13.00 

Online

Zoom link to the event will be emailed in advance

BlueRegister200 Tuesday 6th October 2020 14.00 - 15.00

Online

Zoom link to the event will be emailed in advance

BlueRegister200 Wednesday 14th October 2020 16.00 - 17.00

Online

Zoom link to the event will be emailed in advance

BlueRegister200 Tuesday 20th October 2020 15.00 - 16.00

Online

Zoom link to the event will be emailed in advance

 

  Engaging FET Learners During Online Sessions

FET is experiencing an unprecedented period and scale of virtual interactions in the form of, classroom teaching, staff meetings, professional development webinars etc.

Many students experience varying degrees of online fatigue, so the challenge is to find ways to keep them engaged and energised.

This online workshop will show you how to use activity-based energisers that require no previous set up. They are all quick activities that can be used as required during an online session when students need a bit of a perk up to help to support concentration and engagement.

During this session you will be invited to participate in an active way. Rather than just tell you about the activities we will do them together. It will be helpful to have your camera on for some parts of the session but it’s up to you to choose.

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 Miriam O’ Donoghue.  Miriam is the former National Manager of FESS and Director of the CDETB Curriculum Development Unit and now works as a freelance trainer and facilitator across a broad range of education related areas.

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

 Thursday, 10th September 2020

14.00 - 16.00

Online

Link to the event will be emailed in advance

 

    Minding Ourselves: Uprooting the Roots of Stress

At the root to a lot of unhealthy stress is irrational thinking. We are all thinking beings and we have an ‘internal dialogue’ going on in our minds, almost as if we are talking to ourselves. However, we only ever express a fraction of this thinking. These private thoughts directly impact on our feelings and consequently how we interact with others.

When emotionally distressed we can make conclusions about ourselves, others and the world without recourse to the ‘voice’ of reason. This is why we do not all make the same sense of the same things. The very best of us are vulnerable to illogical, irrational and unhelpful thinking, particularly when emotional or under pressure. In a climate of increasing stress due to changes within the work environment we need to make the best possible sense of changes and challenges.

This online webinar will demonstrated how thinking affects how we feel and behave. Participants will learn about unhelpful thinking and belief systems. They will learn how to become more rational and compassionate in their approach to work and life in general. Evidence- based strategies that are linked to positive mental health and help keep us positive during challenging times will also be taught.

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

 Tuesday, 15th September 2020

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

 Wednesday, 23rd September 2020

10.00 - 12.00

Online

Link to the event will be emailed in advance

BlueRegister200

Thursday, 8th October 2020

 

10.00 - 12.00

Online

Link to the event will be emailed in advance

 

  Assessment through the UDL Lens

This online event will introduce participants to Universal Design for Learning.  We will explore approaches to making assessment more inclusive, through accessible assessment techniques and instruments.  Examples of best practice from the FET sector will also be presented.

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 FESS, AHEAD, Carrie Archer, Professional Development Coordinator and TEL Mentor, CDETB and Ashley Stephens, Professional Development and Research Coordinator, KWETB.

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

 Tuesday, 6th October 2020

10.00 - 12.00

Online

Link to the event will be emailed in advance

 

  Working Interculturally, Promoting Integration

The purpose of this two-part online workshop is four-fold. It will offer a number of opportunities:

  • To explore and reflect on how you have been shaped by your own culture, and how others are shaped by theirs
  • To learn about, become familiar with, and explore some of the thinking and principles behind an approach to intercultural work
  • To experience exercises and processes you might use with others
  • To consider ways in which you might use these resources and insights in your context.

The two-part workshop will be as participative and experiential as possible through the virtual medium of Zoom. In order to take account of people’s different experience of learning, and diversity of learning styles, the facilitators will use a variety of methods and resources. You will get the most out of the experience if you have access to a computer or a laptop for the duration of the Zoom sessions.

The target audience for this event is: FET Staff including teachers, tutors, trainers, co-ordinators, managers. Participants must log in to both sessions.

Facilitation: This event will be hosted by FESS and facilitated by Jacqui Gage and Zoryana Pshyk, Partners Training for Transformation.

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

Thursday, 15th October 2020
AND
Thursday 22nd October 2020

10.00 - 12.30

Online

Link to the event will be emailed in advance

 

  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

 Monday, 9th November 2020

14.00 - 16.00

Online

Link to the event will be emailed in advance