CPD Calendar

FESS CPD Calendar Autumn/Winter 2018

 

The Further Education Support Service has put together a calendar of events for Autumn/Winter 2018 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 (cpdcancellations@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.

FESS also provides local, tailored CPD events, on request. Some conditions apply. Further information is available here.

If interested in courses run through eCollege, click here for further information.

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

September

October

November

 

 Further information on all the CPD events is below. 

 

     Using Coaching Tools and Techniques in Further Education and Training

FESS has partnered with Kingstown College to offer a professional development day on Coaching in Education.

Coaching is about moving individuals and teams forward towards clarified and agreed goals by using proven tools and techniques to overcome challenges.

On this one-day introductory course participants will learn:

  • What coaching is and how it differs from other interventions such as mentoring
  • The benefits of coaching in education and how coaching can be used in Further Education and Training colleges and centres to develop individuals and teams, for example, learners in the classroom, individual staff members, staff teams
  • Coaching dialogue and powerful questions used by coaches
  • Coaching tools and techniques to unlock potential and capability and achieve better performance and outcomes

This professional development day will support goal 2 of the Further Education and Training Professional Development Strategy 2017-2019 in the following strategic priority areas: Working with and supporting FET learners; leadership and management development.

The target audience for this professional development day is teachers, tutors, trainers and co-ordinators working in FET classrooms and centres.

Facilitators: FESS/ Kingstown 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 (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

 

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Wednesday, 12th September 2018

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

Athlone Education Centre
Moydrum Road
Athlone
Co. Westmeath

 

 

    Blended Learning - Starting the Journey

FESS has partnered with CDETB Marino College of FE, the Blend4Vet project, H2Learning, CDETB FET Unit and QQI to offer a professional development day to introduce ‘Blended Learning’.

The day will include:

  • A case study on blended learning (CDETB Marino College of FE)
  • Learning from piloting an Erasmus+ project on blended learning (Blend4Vet project)
  • Quality Assurance and governance implications for blended modes of delivery
  • Blended learning supports - training modules and tools developed by the Blend4Vet project
  • A focused conversation on blended learning and considerations for participants own contexts

This professional development day will support goal 2 of the Further Education and Training Professional Development Strategy 2017-2019 in the following strategic priority areas: Working with and supporting FET learners, Quality assurance, Technology enhanced learning (TEL) and Leadership and management development.

The target audience for this professional development day is FET management and staff in key roles, for example, staff who are:

  • supporting change management
  • exploring and / or implementing blended modes of delivery to meet FET learners needs
  • managing / co-ordinating quality assurance and governance

Facilitators: FESS, CDETB Marino College of FE, CDETB FET Unit, H2Learning, QQI

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 (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

 

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Friday, 14th September 2018

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

Athlone Education Centre
Moydrum Road
Athlone
Co. Westmeath

 

 

   Active Learning and Teaching Workshop Two: Metacognition and Thinking Activities 

Due to popular demand, this hands-on active learning and teaching workshop is being offered again. This is workshop number two in a series of active learning and teaching workshops offered by FESS. There is no requirement to have attended workshop number one to attend this workshop.

This workshop explores metacognition and thinking and includes a lively and fun range of engaging activities and tools to support FET learners and help them to actively think, plan, look back, evaluate and improve.

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

This professional development day will support goal 2 of the Further Education and Training Professional Development Strategy 2017-2019 in the following strategic priority area:Working with and supporting FET learners.

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 (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

 

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Tuesday 25th September 2018

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

Kilkenny Education Centre
Seville Lodge
Callan Road
Kilkenny

 

 

  Certified Digital Marketing Professional - Bookings now closed

SOLAS eCollege in partnership with the Digital Marketing Institute is delighted to be able to offer a Certified Digital Marketing Professional Qualification to FET staff e.g. Management, Administration, Teachers, Tutors, Trainers etc.
The Certified Digital Marketing Professional course is a cornerstone certification that provides an introduction to key digital marketing skills that can be applied within any role.
This is an online course which will cover areas such as Search Engine Optimisation, Paid Search Marketing, Digital Display Advertising (DDA), Email Marketing, Social Media Marketing, Mobile Marketing, Analytics and Strategy and Website Optimisation.
There is a single, three-hour exam to sit at the end of the course which will need to be taken at a Pearson VUE testing centre. The course and exam should be completed within 26 weeks (approximately 3 hours per week).

There are no course fees for FET staff (standard course value is €2000). There is access to certified eTutors for support during regular business hours.

Target Audience:
This course is open to all FET staff e.g. Management, Administration, Teachers, Tutors, Trainers etc.
Whilst this course is aimed at beginners, an interest in Digital Marketing and experience with the usage social media and search engines would be of benefit. Technical terms will be used throughout the course. It is recommended to have basic computing skills. Access is completely online and available 24/7.

Places are limited to 50 and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Facilitators:
SOLAS eCollege in partnership with the Digital Marketing Institute and CENIT Group.

Important Dates:
Closing date for receipt of applications – applications will be accepted throughout September 2018. Online course commences – from September

 

Date

Time

Venue

 

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Appplications accepted throughout September

Course Commences online from September

Course – Online. 

Exam – A Pearson VUE Testing Centre.

 



   Exploring the Shift in Programme Development Requirements for CAS Awards under QQI Policies and Criteria for the Validation of Programmes of Education and Training

This one-day CPD event will provide an opportunity for those planning, managing and co-ordinating programme development activities within a provider to begin to familiarise themselves with the QQI document Policies and Criteria for the Validation of Programmes of Education and Training (first published in 2016).

An introduction to new concepts associated with programme development, evaluation and validation, as explained in the QQI document, will be provided.

There will also be an opportunity to review the resources available to support providers developing programmes in adherence to the QQI validation policy.

In addition, those attending will be facilitated to participate in a series of practical activities where they may share ideas, identify challenges and implications and suggest approaches to overcoming issues.

This professional development day will support goal 2 of the Further Education and Training Professional Development Strategy 2017-2019 in the following strategic priority area: Quality assurance

The target audience for this event is those planning, managing and co-ordinating programme development activities within a provider.

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 (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

 

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Tuesday 2nd October 2018

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

Athlone Education Centre
Moydrum Road
Athlone
Co. Westmeath

 

 

   Hospitality Externship Visiting Programme (EVP) 

This CPD opportunity is being offered in partnership with the Intercontinental Hotel, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4. It will take place on Monday 8 October 2018 and include a range of presentations delivered by key hotel personnel as well as a tour of the hotel to see the various operational areas. There will be opportunities to ask questions and engage in discussions with hotel personnel. Topics covered will range from front office and customer service, HR perspectives on hiring graduates to current practices in hospitality and discussions with the food and beverage team.

A light lunch will be provided on the day

Draft Agenda (subject to change, a final agenda will be issued to participants in advance of the day):
9.30 - Registration/tea/coffee
10.00 - Welcome and Introduction
10.15 - Presentation – Front office and Customer Service Skills
11.15 - Hotel Tour
11.45 - Presentation – HR Policies and Interviews 
12.45 – Lunch
13.30 - Presentation – Food and Beverage
14.30 - Q&A and close

Target Audience - The primary target audience for this EVP will be teachers/tutors/trainers working in the FET sector delivering modules relating to the hospitality area, for example, catering, hospitality, restaurant, reception and front office. FET teachers/tutors/trainers wishing to apply for a place on the EVP should complete the EVP Application Form and return it to externship@fess.ie by 5pm on Friday the 21 September 2018. Selection will be based on selection criteria including relevance of EVP to programmes taught, previous experience and the applicant’s purpose statement.

Places are limited to 20.

The deadline for receipt of application forms is Friday 21 September 2018 to externship@fess.ie

 Integration of the Delivery of FET Programmes and Assessment Activities

This one-day professional development day will introduce and reinforce the use of integration in the delivery of FET programmes and assessment activities.

The day will include:

  • An overview of integration
  • Short input on the integration research project carried out by Dr Marie Rooney for FESS, November 2017 – February 2018
  • Case Studies from Management and Learning Practitioners: CDETB Further Education, Donegal ETB Adult Education, LCETB Adult Education, Quality Assurance
  • Needs Identification and Exploration – Integration Guidelines for the FET Sector
  • Workshop Session

This professional development day will support goal 2 of the Further Education and Training Professional Development Strategy 2017-2019 in the strategic priority areas: Working with and supporting FET learners and Quality Assurance.

The target audience for this professional development day is:

  • FET Managers
  • QA Officers and those who have responsibility for the development and delivery of programmes and the assessment of learners within ETBs
  • Teachers, tutors and trainers who assess learners on FET programmes

Facilitators: Dr Marie Rooney, FESS, CDETB, Donegal ETB, LCETB

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 (cpdcancellations@fess.ie) as we operate a waiting list system and if time allows we can offer your booked place to another person.

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Tuesday 9th October 2018

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

Athlone Education Centre
Moydrum Road
Athlone
Co. Westmeath

 

  An Introduction to Project Management - This event has had to be cancelled

FET staff are increasingly finding themselves in roles where they are planning and managing small scale activities and projects. Due to popular demand, this one-day workshop is offered again to 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.

This professional development day will support goal 2 of the Further Education and Training Professional Development Strategy 2017-2019 in the following strategic priority area: Leadership and management development.

The target audience for this workshop is FET staff with a role in planning and managing activities and projects.

Facilitators: DCM Learning

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 (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

 

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Thursday 11th October 2018

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

Athlone Education Centre
Moydrum Road
Athlone
Co. Westmeath

 

 

    Healthcare Externship Visiting Programme (EVP) 

This CPD opportunity is being offered in partnership with CareChoice, Montenotte, Glanmire Road, Cork. It will take place on Tuesday, 6 November 2018 and include a range of presentations delivered by key healthcare personnel and will include an opportunity to work shadow healthcare personnel in a designated nursing home. Please note that participants will have to provide their own transport to and from the nursing home where they will engage in the work shadowing placement. There will be opportunities to ask questions and engage in discussions with personnel. 

A light lunch will be provided on the day

Draft Agenda (subject to change, a final agenda will be issued to participants in advance of the day):
9.30 - Registration/tea/coffee
9.45 - Welcome and Introduction
10.00 - Presentation – Overview of the CareChoice Organisation
10.15 - Presentation - A day in the life of a Healthcare Assistant
10.30 - Presentation - HR Policies and Procedures
11.00 - Presentation - HIQA
11.30 - Presentation - CareChoice Services
12.00 - Q & A
12.15 - Travel to assigned Work Shadowing Placements in Nursing Homes
13.30 - Lunch 
14.00 - Work Shadowing Placement
15.30 - close

Target Audience - The primary target audience for this CPD event will be teachers, tutors, trainers working in the FET sector delivering modules relating to providing care to clients in a healthcare setting

FET teachers/tutors/trainers wishing to apply for a place on the EVP MUST BE GARDA VETTED and should complete the EVP Application Form and return it to externship@fess.ie by 5pm on Friday the 19 October 2018. Selection will be based on selection criteria including relevance of EVP to programmes taught, previous experience and the applicant’s purpose statement.

Places are limited to 20.

The deadline for receipt of application forms is Friday 19 October 2018 to externship@fess.ie

    Exploring 'Facilitation' as Part of the Co-ordinator/Manager/Leadership Role

Due to popular demand this workshop is being offered again by FESS. This hands-on workshop is designed for managers, leaders and coordinators who would like to explore the use of facilitation within their roles and experience the use of tools and techniques to help to facilitate groups and teams to have meaningful conversations/discussions, and work towards decision making /commitment.

This professional development day will support goal 2 of the Further Education and Training Professional Development Strategy 2017-2019 in the following strategic priority area: Leadership and management development.

The target audience for this workshop is FET staff working with groups or teams in coordination, management and leadership roles.

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 (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

 

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Friday 9th November 2018

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

Athlone Education Centre
Moydrum Road
Athlone
Co. Westmeath

 

 

   Hospitality Externship Visiting Programme 

This CPD opportunity is being offered in partnership with the Slieve Russell Hotel, Cranagh, Ballyconnell, Co Cavan. It will take place on Tuesday, 13 November 2018 and include a range of presentations delivered by key hotel personnel as well as a tour of the hotel and kitchen demonstration to see the various operational areas. There will be opportunities to ask questions and engage in discussions with hotel personnel. Topics covered will include HR policies and procedures, roles and responsibilities and standards and training. 

A light lunch will be provided on the day

Draft Agenda (subject to change, a final agenda will be issued to participants in advance of the day):
9.30 - Registration/tea/coffee
10.00 - Welcome and Introduction
10.15 - Presentation – HR Policies and Procedures
10.45 - Q&A
11.00 - Tour/Demonstration 
11.30 - Tour/Demonstration
12.00 - Presentation - "My Story"
12.30 - Lunch
13.15 - Presentation – Typical Roles and Responsibilities
14.00 - Presentation - Standards and Training
14.30 - Q&A
14.45 Closing and evaluation

Target Audience - The primary target audience for this EVP will be teachers/tutors/trainers working in the FET sector delivering modules relating to the hospitality area, for example, catering, hospitality, restaurant, reception and front office. FET teachers/tutors/trainers wishing to apply for a place on the EVP should complete the EVP Application Form and return it to externship@fess.ie by 5pm on Friday the 26 October 2018. Selection will be based on selection criteria including relevance of EVP to programmes taught, previous experience and the applicant’s purpose statement.

Places are limited to 20.

The deadline for receipt of application forms is Friday 26 October 2018 to externship@fess.ie

 

  NEW Active Learning and Teaching Workshop (No 3) : Thinking with your Hands 

When we use our hands to ‘tinker’ we engage the part of the brain that generates sensory images in our minds. This helps us to work out our thoughts and develop deeper understanding.

This hands-on workshop will look at ways to explore hand mind connections and learning as well as ways to record ideas. The workshop will include a range of enjoyable and engaging activities and tools to support FET learners to actively think, connect, learn, share and record ideas using creative thinking and memory tools such as Lego®Serious Play® and Tony Buzans Mind Mapping technique.

This workshop is workshop number three in a series of active learning and teaching workshops offered by FESS. There is no requirement to have attended workshops number one or two to attend this workshop.

This professional development day will support goal 2 of the Further Education and Training Professional Development Strategy 2017-2019 in the following strategic priority area:Working with and supporting FET learners.

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 (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

 

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Wednesday 28th November 2018

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

The Athlone Springs Hotel
Tuam Road
Monksland
Athlone
Co. Roscommon

 

de Bono 6 THINKING HATS - Maximising Team Performance

Thinking is a skill that can be taught and learned, and as one becomes more proficient in the use of the tools that sharpen these skills, thinking performance improves. Our ability to think, and to think more effectively will determine the quality of the future we create.

This is an opportunity for personal development in new and different methods of thinking that has been proven throughout the world.

Six Thinking Hats is a simple, effective parallel thinking process that helps people be more productive, focused and mindfully involved. And once learned the tools can be applied immediately.

You and your team members can learn how to separate thinking into six valuable functions and roles. Each thinking role is identified with a coloured symbolic “thinking hat”. By mentally wearing and switching “hats”, you can improve focus or redirect thoughts, the conversation, or the meeting to make more productive use of your time.

The target audience is FET staff working with groups or teams in coordination, management and leadership roles.

Facilitator: Nigel Newman, The Edward de Bono Foundation

Registration with tea/coffee at 9.30 am

 

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 (cpdcancellations@fess.ie) as we operate a waiting list system and if time allows we can offer your booked place to another person.

 

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Time

Venue

 

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 Friday 30th November 2018

10.00am - 15.30pm
Registration with tea/coffee from 9.30am

Drumcondra Education Centre
DCU St.Patrick's Campus
Drumcondra
Dublin