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The Further Education Support Service has put together a calendar of events for Spring/Summer 2023 to support those working in the FET environment for SOLAS and DES funded providers. We have focused on offering on-line webinars and workshops 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.

The following is a list of the current series and themes on the PD calendar - please click on the highlighted headings below for further information:

Jigsaw “RALLYing Around Young People” – Supporting Young People’s Mental Health

 

Assessment - A series for those interested in locally devised assessment

This is a series of five online sessions that will deal with the following: 

  1. An Introduction to Locally Devised Assessment
  2. Devising Assessment Briefs and Examination Questions (Locally Devised Assessment)
  3. Devising Marking Schemes (Locally Devised Assessment)
  4. Marking Learner Assessment Evidence
  5. Feedback to Learners on Summative Assessment Tasks

Integration of Programme Delivery and Assessment of Learners - for FET staff including teachers, tutors, trainers, programme co-ordinators and QA staff

 

Pillars of Wellbeing – A series for FET staff

FESS is offering a series of three monthly online workshops, facilitated by Caroline Martin, with a specific focus on 3 of her 5 pillars of wellbeing.

  • Social Wellbeing
  • Relationship Wellbeing
  • Professional Wellbeing

Building Capacity for the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) in FET



Series of Three Active Teaching and Learning Sessions

FESS is offering a series of three interactive standalone online workshops in the thematic area of Active Teaching and Learning:

  • Mind Mapping 
  • Creative Reflection Toolkit 
  • Think like deBono

Communities of Practice: Bridging the known, the unknown and the yet-to-know



Supporting Adult Literacy Needs in Your Work


Unlocking the Potential of Rubrics in Teaching, Learning and Assessment


Building a Competency Framework for Soft Skills / Transversal Skills in FET

In addition, the following PD courses continue to be available:

Please note: If you would like further information about a PD event, please contact FESS at cpdbookings@fess.ie. If you would like to cancel a place at a PD event, please contact FESS at 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: In response to the fact that a number of people previously booked an online place at a PD event that they subsequently didn't log into, FESS took the decision to allow more people book a place at an event than there are places for. Those who log in first at the designated time for a 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.

  

Jigsaw “RALLYing Around Young People” – Supporting Young People’s Mental Health

  

Jigsaw is a youth mental health charity which offers a range of mental health supports and services to both young people (aged 12-25 years) and those around them in the settings where they live, learn, work and play.
The Jigsaw Youth Mental Health Promotion team for FET and Higher Education aims to increase the mental health knowledge, skills, and resources of young people, and those around them across FET and higher education settings.

Jigsaw’s interactive “RALLYing around Young People” workshop follows on from Jigsaw’s session in October 2022 called “An Introduction to Jigsaw’s Youth Mental Health Promotion Team for FET Settings”.
*However, please note that attendance at October’s session is not a requirement for this session*
The R.A.L.L.Y approach is a way of helping One Good Adults to support a young person whose mental health is being challenged or at risk of being challenged.

At the end of the “RALLYing around Young People” workshop, participants will:
• Have a greater understanding of mental health and what influences people’s mental health
• Explore the concept of ‘One Good Adult’
• Know how to use the RALLY approach to support young people’s mental health
• Recognise what helps and blocks us from accessing support for mental health

*Note that while Jigsaw focuses on supporting the mental health of young people aged between 12-25, the strategies and approaches from this workshop can be applied to all age groups*

The target audience for this session is: FET staff including management, teachers, tutors, trainers, programme coordinators, guidance counsellors, learning support staff and wellbeing officers.

Facilitation: This session will be facilitated by Carrie Budds. Carrie is Youth Mental Health Coordinator with Jigsaw, working in the FET and Higher Education team. She has worked in health and wellbeing for the last 8+ years and is qualified in health promotion, specialising in workplace settings.
She has worked in a wide variety of industries, including corporate and private industry, the HSE and other public sector agencies and in tech. She has worked closely with senior leadership teams in the development of health & wellbeing policies, strategies and interventions. She has also managed her own business, helping to support employees’ mental health in the digital age by improving behaviours around digital technologies.
Carrie is particularly interested in the topics of resilience, culture change and the area of online as a setting for health promotion, and brings a wealth of experience to the Further and Higher Education setting.

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.

 Further Information, Dates and Times
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Tuesday 21st February

 10.00 am – 11.30 am

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       Assessment 

Please note that this is a repeat of the Assessment suite of events that were offered in Autumn/Winter 2022. 

This is a series of five weekly online sessions that will deal with the following: 

  1. An Introduction to Locally Devised Assessment
  2. Devising Assessment Briefs and Examination Questions (Locally Devised Assessment)
  3. Devising Marking Schemes (Locally Devised Assessment)
  4. Marking Learner Assessment Evidence
  5. Feedback to Learners on Summative Assessment Tasks

Participants are welcome to attend any or all of the sessions in this series. However, ideally participants would attend all five sessions to maximise their learning about local assessment.

The target audience for this series is: Assessors new to the area of FET and engaged in a locally devised assessment process. However, the sessions may also appeal to those who wish to refresh their understanding of assessment and/or those tasked with supporting/informing the assessment process locally. Please see further information on the target audience for each of the five sessions below. 

Facilitation: This series will be facilitated by FESS.

Please note: Pre-booking is essential. Please do not book onto an 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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 An Introduction to Locally Devised Assessment
 Wednesday, 22nd February 2023 - 14.00 to 16.00

Please note: Some of the detail in this session is a repeat of the detail covered in a previous FESS PD session ‘An Introduction to Local Assessment for New Assessors’
delivered online from 2020 - 2022.

The focus of this online session is on supporting the assessor working in a further education and training environment, where the assessor is required to develop local
assessment instruments and related documentation. 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)
  • The role of the assessor in the assessment process

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

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 Devising Assessment Briefs and Examination Questions (Locally Devised Assessment)
 Wednesday, 1 March 2023 - 14.00 to 16.00

Please note: Some of the detail in this session is a repeat of the detail covered in a previous FESS PD session ‘An Introduction to Local Assessment for New Assessors’
delivered online from 2020 - 2022.

The focus of this online session is on supporting the assessor working in a further education and training environment, where the assessor is required to devise local assessment briefs (NFQ levels 1 to 6) and examination papers (NFQ levels 4 to 6). 

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

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 Devising Marking Schemes (Locally Devised Assessment)
 Wednesday, 8 March 2023 - 14.00 to 16.00

Please note: Some of the detail in this session is a repeat of the detail covered in a previous FESS PD session on ‘Marking’, first delivered online in Spring 2022.

The focus of this online session is on devising marking schemes and outline solutions, as part of local assessment, at NFQ levels 4 – 6, for both assessment briefs and examination papers.

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

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 Marking Learner Assessment Evidence
 Wednesday, 15 March 2023 - 14.00 to 16.00

Please note: Some of the detail in this session is a repeat of the detail covered in a previous FESS PD session on ‘Marking’, first delivered online in Spring 2022.

This online session will focus on:

  • Marking and quality assurance
  • Marking learners’ assessment work - making assessment judgements/decisions and recording marking and marks
  • Striving for consistency in assessment - internally and with national standards

The target audience for this session is: those marking learners’ summative assessment evidence. In addition, this event is targeted at those who have a role in
supporting the assessment process, within the provider.

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 Feedback to Learners on Summative Assessment Tasks
 Wednesday, 22 March - 14.00 to 16.00

Please note: This session is a repeat of the previous FESS PD session ‘Feedback to Learners on Summative Assessment Tasks’ delivered online in 2020 - 2022.

The focus of this online session is to support assessors in giving meaningful learner feedback on summative assessment tasks. This live online session will tease out the purpose,
approaches, principles, strategies, benefits and challenges associated with giving feedback to learners.

It will also provide space for participants to explore, discuss and share their experiences of what works well when providing learners with feedback on their summative assessment tasks.

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

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 Integration of Programme Delivery and Assessment of Learners

Please note: This event is a repeat of a previous FESS PD event on ‘Integration of Programme Delivery and Assessment of Learners’ delivered online in Autumn/Winter 2021 and 2022.

This online event will introduce integration for the delivery of FET programmes and assessment of learners. Breakout rooms will be used to facilitate those logged in to share ideas and opinions with each other. In addition, the following content will be covered:

  • What is meant by integration?
  • What are the benefits and challenges of integration?
  • How can integration be planned for?
  • What approaches can be used in integration?
  • Planning next steps

The target audience for this event is: those wishing to integrate the delivery of FET programmes and/or the assessment of learners.

Facilitation: This event will be facilitated by 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.

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Tuesday, 28th February 2023 - 10.00 to 12.00

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Pillars of Wellbeing – A Series for FET Staff

FESS is offering a series of three online workshops, facilitated by Caroline Martin, with a specific focus on 3 of her 5 pillars of wellbeing.

  • Social Wellbeing
  • Relationship Wellbeing
  • Professional Wellbeing

Participants may choose to attend one or more of these sessions.

During the sessions, the facilitator, Caroline Martin, draws on both humanistic and positive psychology values and will help participants explore how psychological needs, context and life experience contribute to or hinder our innate drive to thrive.

The traditional medical model has shaped how we interpret much of our pain and our traditional education system places an emphasis on finding deficits and focusing on them. With a keen sense of the power of the collective, Caroline shifts the emphasis on to the strengths, the potentials, the affordances, and the collective wisdom of a group’s offering.

Caroline will teach some introductory theoretical understandings of the relationship between our brain and how it interprets and responds to stressful situations. She will include an overview of stress and how it can be both a creative and destructive force in our lives. Caroline will explain how life experience can influence how individuals perceive and interpret similar events and the implications for FET staff. Caroline will help participants to pool their collective wisdom in managing stress, identifying novel and creative strategies.

Alongside presentations, Caroline will utilize a participatory approach ensuring a safe space for participants to contribute, make connections and have fun.

NOTE: These sessions will re-visit much of what has been covered by Caroline in her PD sessions for FESS, Autumn/ Winter 2022. However, those who have attended previously are welcome to attend as they may find that they are able to integrate the information on a deeper level if they attend again.

Facilitation: Caroline Martin has worked as a leader in the area of education and training for over 25 years. Prior to establishing her own flourishing consultancy business, she was the Chief Psychologist for the CDETB for 16 years. While there she led a team of psychologists and worked on several interagency and international projects. Prior to her return from the US, she led a team of educators within the public school system in Massachusetts, working with children and young people with additional learning needs and deafness.

Caroline is dedicated to the area of staff well-being and has a track record of leading in the field of educator care and development. Within the CDETB she was responsible for the establishment of 11 professional learning networks supporting 150 educators. With evidence of the impact of One Good Adult in the lives of young people in Ireland and the prevalence of mental health difficulties among FET learners, Caroline consistently points out the dearth of support for these critical educators. She advocates for an integration of policies and practices that are supportive of staff wellbeing. She has been recognised for her contributions to psychology in education, trauma and critical incident response and after-care.
Recently she has worked with the staff of the Oireachtas, Google, Arthritis Ireland and has a weekly column with the Irish Examiner. 

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 Pillar 2 - Social Wellbeing Workshop for FET Staff 
 
Thursday 2nd  March 2023 - 14.00 to 16.00

This online session comprises lecture style presentation & delivery of small group work exploring connectedness, safety & sense of belonging, shared experiences, community efficacy and tips for the education workplace. Participants may choose to attend one or more of these sessions.

NOTE: These sessions will re-visit much of what has been covered by Caroline in her PD sessions for FESS, Autumn/ Winter 2022. However, those who have attended previously are welcome to attend as they may find that they are able to integrate the information on a deeper level if they attend again.

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 Pillar 3 - Relationship Wellbeing Workshop for FET Staff
 Thursday 9th March 2023 - 14.00 to 16.00

This online session comprises lecture style presentation & facilitation of small group work exploring relationships as agents of change, spectrum of empathy, relating online, positive & adverse childhood experiences and tips for the education workplace. Participants may choose to attend one or more of these sessions.

NOTE: These sessions will re-visit much of what has been covered by Caroline in her PD sessions for FESS, Autumn/ Winter 2022. However, those who have attended previously are welcome to attend as they may find that they are able to integrate the information on a deeper level if they attend again.

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 Pillar 4 - Professional Wellbeing Workshop for FET Staff
 Thursday 20th April 2023 - 14.00 to 16.00

This online session comprises lecture style presentation & facilitation of small group exploring work-life harmony, conflict, courageous conversations and introducing education setting conditions that enhance professional wellbeing. Participants may choose to attend one or more of these sessions.

NOTE: These sessions will re-visit much of what has been covered by Caroline in her PD sessions for FESS, Autumn/ Winter 2022. However, those who have attended previously are welcome to attend as they may find that they are able to integrate the information on a deeper level if they attend again.

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Building Capacity for the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) in FET 

This Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) online professional development event will build on the RPL event delivered as part of the FESS PD calendar in September 2022. However, it is not necessary to have attended this previous event.

This event will commence with a very brief outline of the RPL process. We will then explore the two key roles of
- RPL mentor
- RPL assessor

This practical and interactive event will:
• discuss the induction session for RPL applicants
• demonstrate how the award specification and learning outcomes inform the summative assessment evidence
• look at reviewing evidence – is it sufficient? is it authentic?
• consider the importance of the professional conversation / dialogue between the mentor and the RPL applicant
• look at reviewing the completed portfolio
• demonstrate how to prepare and use an assessment rubric to grade a portfolio
• explore the grading of each learning outcome

During this session we will make reference to the SOLAS – funded FET RPL Toolkit for Education and Training Providers developed by Donegal ETB and Limerick & Clare ETB

The target audience for this event is: FET staff including teachers, tutors, trainers, programme co-ordinators who have a role or interest in implementing RPL.

Facilitation: This event will be facilitated by Martina Needham. Martina has worked in Adult and Further Education for more than 20 years. She was Adult Education Officer and Basic Education Coordinator with Donegal Education and Training Board until her recent retirement. She has significant experience in programme development and recognition of prior learning. She has delivered workshops in Ireland and Europe and has recently completed a Level 9 Special Purpose Award in Recognition of Prior Learning. Martina is an RPL practitioner and was a member of the RPL Practitioner Network National Steering Group. Martina is a strong advocate of lifelong learning and social inclusion.

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.

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Building Capacity for the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) in FET 
Wednesday 7th March 2023 - 10.00 to 12.00

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 Series of Three Active Teaching and Learning Sessions

FESS is offering a series of three interactive standalone online workshops in the thematic area of Active Teaching and Learning.  

Participants may attend one or more of these sessions.

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Active Teaching and Learning (1) Mind Mapping

Monday 13th March 2023 - 14.00 to 16.00

Mind Mapping is a thinking tool that represents and organises ideas and information on a theme or topic in a visual and colourful way.

Mind Maps show connections and relationships between ideas and information making them an excellent tool for supporting mental literacy and improving memory and recall.

This hands-on practical workshop will introduce, step by step, the easy and accessible method of Mind-Mapping created by Tony Buzan, the original inventor of Mind Mapping.

Miriam O Donoghue the trainer for this workshop was trained by Tony Buzan and is a Tony Buzan Licensed Instructor https://tonybuzan.com/trainers_ireland

Mind Map

During the workshop we will:

  • explore the thinking behind Mind Mapping
    • identify the resources needed for Mind Mapping
    • experience the steps involved in creating a Mind Map
    • deconstruct a Mind Map to understand key important elements
    • have a go at creating a Mind Map
    • unpack some uses of Mind Maps
    • understand how Mind Maps help students to learn better
    • look at styles of Mind Maps
    • explore some digital Mind Mapping tools

Materials needed: Participants need to bring large sheets of paper, pen, coloured pencils/markers to the session.

The target audience for this event is: All FET staff members, including teachers, tutors, trainers, instructors and those in a co-ordination and/or quality assurance role.

Facilitation: This event will be facilitated by Miriam O’Donoghue. Miriam is an independent facilitator, trainer and consultant with a strong background and experience of working in Education both nationally and internationally that includes teaching, lecturing and training roles at Primary, Post-primary, Further Education and Training, and Higher Education (Teacher Education) levels. Miriam has also held senior management roles in Curriculum Development, Professional Development and Education Support Services.

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.

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 Active Teaching and Learning (2) Creative Reflection Toolkit

Tuesday 21st March 2023 - 14.00 to 16.00

We do not learn from experience…we learn from reflecting on experience John Dewey

Even though there is no one way when it comes to reflection, many students find the process quite challenging when required to reflect or evaluate as part of their course or assessment work.

This workshop explores some creative reflection models, tools and activities that can help students engage with the reflective process so that it is more manageable, accessible and enjoyable.

active teaching and learning toolkit

During the workshop we will:

  • discuss participants experience, thinking and feelings about reflection and their students
    • experience a range of engaging, accessible and creative reflection frameworks, tools and activities
    • explore applications and relevance to participants own work

Materials needed: Participants need to bring paper and pen to the session.

The target audience for this event is: FET teachers, tutors, trainers.

Facilitation: This event will be facilitated by Miriam O’Donoghue. Miriam is an independent facilitator, trainer and consultant with a strong background and experience of working in Education both nationally and internationally that includes teaching, lecturing and training roles at Primary, Post-primary, Further Education and Training, and Higher Education (Teacher Education) levels. Miriam has also held senior management roles in Curriculum Development, Professional Development and Education Support Services.

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.

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 Active Teaching and Learning (3) Think like deBono 

Wednesday 29th March 2023 - 14.00 to 16.00

Edward deBono, the originator of the term Lateral Thinking, dedicated his life to inspiring, encouraging and enabling others to be better and more creative thinkers by breaking old patterns and creating new ones.
Lateral Thinking is a structured approach for thinking differently and exploring viewpoints and understanding.

This workshop explores some of Edward de Bonos quick and easy to use thinking tools called the CoRT tools. These help to direct thinking, support creative thinking and structure evaluative thinking.

The easy-to-use tools can support thinking in any situation or context with minimal set up e.g., in the classroom with students, in staff meetings, consultations etc.

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During the workshop we will:

  • explore a range of deBonos CoRT tools
    • practice using the tools in groups
    • understand how the tools can support a broader and more in-depth exploration of a topic, scenario, problem / challenge.

Materials needed: Participants need to bring a few sheets of paper and pen to the session.

The target audience for this event is: All FET staff members, including teachers, tutors, trainers, instructors and those in a co-ordination and/or quality assurance role.

Facilitation: This event will be facilitated by Miriam O’Donoghue. Miriam is an independent facilitator, trainer and consultant with a strong background and experience of working in Education both nationally and internationally that includes teaching, lecturing and training roles at Primary, Post-primary, Further Education and Training, and Higher Education (Teacher Education) levels. Miriam has also held senior management roles in Curriculum Development, Professional Development and Education Support Services.

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.

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  Communities of Practice: Bridging the known, the unknown and the yet-to-know

In this 2-hour workshop we will explore Communities of Practice, what they are and how they can support you in your role. This interactive and hands on session will prompt you to explore the potential of connecting with others who share similar areas of interest and passion and how we can learn with and from each other. We will delve into understanding better how working as a community can support not only our own professional and personal learning, but improve the outcomes for our learners in the process.

The target audience for this event is: All FET staff members, including teachers, tutors, trainers, instructors and those in leadership, management and administrative roles.

Facilitation: This session will be facilitated by Carrie Archer. Carrie's pronouns are she/her. She has been working in Further Education and Training for 15 years and is the Professional Learning and Development Coordinator with CDETB. Carrie’s interests are coaching, leadership, Communities of Practice, Universal Design for Learning and championing equity, inclusion, and diversity. She is passionate about the representation and visibility of LGBTQI learners and staff and is currently specialising as an ADHD coach. She facilitates a Professional Learning Network for support teachers in FET colleges and mentors in Technology Enhanced Learning and inclusive pedagogy in CDETB. She is part of the design team on a collaboration between CDETB and TCD for the first L9 PGC cert in Diversity and Inclusion for FET.

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 and Time
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 Tuesday 28th March 2023 - 10.00 – 12.00 

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Supporting Adult Literacy Needs in Your Work

NALA is the National Adult Literacy Agency.

In Ireland, over 500,000 adults have unmet literacy, numeracy and digital literacy needs. This means many will find it difficult to get information about the courses you offer or lack the confidence to apply for one. If they are on a course, the learners will have different strengths and needs in the particular language, literacy, numeracy and digital literacy used in the centre and course. This can also affect their confidence and motivation to complete a course.There are lots of things you can do to remove these barriers and ensure your services are accessible to everyone. It requires taking a ‘whole-organisation’ literacy friendly approach. This means that you are aware of the barriers facing learners with unmet literacy needs and work towards removing as many of them as possible. You are probably doing this already in your work without even thinking about it, but if you want to learn more, the National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA) is providing a two-hour information session for any staff interested in this important area.The information session has four parts that cover:
     1. Literacy, numeracy and digital literacy needs in Ireland: how we all have a role to play.
     2. Using a ‘literacy friendly’ approach: Being aware and removing literacy related barriers facing learners will help make your centre more inclusive and accessible to all learners.
     3. Integrating literacy: How to make your courses more effective for all learners, including those who have the subject-related knowledge and skills but experience difficulties with aspects of the course-related literacy, numeracy and digital literacy.
     4. Plain English: Plain English is a way of writing and presenting information that helps someone understand it the first time they read or hear it. This part will provide you with useful plain English writing and design tips to help improve your written information.What will I learn?

You will learn the practical steps you can take to ensure that your education and training programmes are:
• inclusive and do not exclude anyone because of the literacy and numeracy demands of the course
• offering support to adults with needs in the course related language, literacy, numeracy and digital literacy more effective for everyone on the course

The target audience for this event is: Administrators, centre managers, FET directors, tutors, vocational and subject specific teachers.

Facilitation: This event will be facilitated by the NALA Team .

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 and Time
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 Tuesday 25th April 2023 - 14.00 to 16.00

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 Unlocking the Potential of Rubrics in Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Please note: This event is a repeat of a previous FESS PD event on 'Unlocking the Potential of Rubrics in Teaching, Learning and Assessment' first delivered online in Spring 2022 and Autumn/Winter 2022.

This online event aims to assist FET staff in the development and use of rubrics to support teaching, learning and assessment activities. This is an interactive event where participants will be provided with information, have the opportunity to engage in discussion and participate in a rubric development workshop.

This event will:

  • Provide an overview of what we mean by rubrics
  • Explore the purpose, types and benefits of rubrics
  • Explore the use and relevance of rubrics for teaching, learning and assessment
  • Provide participants with the opportunity to begin the development of a rubric
  • Provide the opportunity to share some examples of rubrics for different purposes.

Learning together in this event will help us to consider the range of possibilities rubrics can bring to teaching, learning and assessment.

The target audience for this event is: FET staff including teachers, tutors, trainers, programme co-ordinators and QA staff.

Facilitation: This event will be facilitated by 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 and Time

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Wednesday, 26 April 2023 - 10.00 to 12.00

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Building a Competency Framework for Soft Skills / Transversal Skills in FET

  

This session is a follow-on from a previous session introducing the importance of soft skills/transversal skills for the future world of work and the key position that FET holds in the delivery of these skills.
This session will focus in on those identified priority soft skills and showcase some work already carried out across the education sector. This will form a starting point for the discussion of the requirements of building a soft skills competency framework within FET. Methods of teaching these skills will be addressed and case studies and scenarios will be shared as a basis for the discussion. This is very relevant to the development of programmes for FET.
Recognising the expertise of those in attendance, outcomes from these conversations will be integrated into future research and will feed into the development of the competency framework.

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

Facilitation: This event will be facilitated by Marie Cleary. Marie is founder and director at ThirdSpace Consultants. She has extensive experience working with senior management and their teams to deliver strategic management interventions, facilitate change, develop leaders and build high performance teams. Before moving into Consulting, Marie was a teacher of Music and English at second level for 10 years. Her 20+ years Consulting career has spanned both public and private sector internationally. Her qualifications in Business, Education, Finance and Psychology, coupled with her previous roles in management of EU funding, gives her an expansive skillset to work in a variety of settings. She is currently completing Doctoral Studies on Future Skills. Marie is a coaching psychologist with extensive experience as an executive coach and has worked at a senior level to assist clients resolve challenging issues, build resilience and enhance leadership capability. Marie is passionate about intercultural education and is closely connected to the work of Leargas across the fields of Youth, Further Education and School Education.

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 and Time
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Wednesday 3rd May 2023 - 14.00 to 16.00

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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 online workshop will only take place when there is sufficient demand and 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

Facilitation: 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.

 Date and Time

 BlueRegister200                               

Self-directed learning for the three asynchronous sessions.

Intake for this course is ongoing.

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

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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.

Content covered will include some underpinning principles and theoretical perspectives, quality assurance considerations and a range of case studies from across the FET sector. 

This course comprises a set of pre-recorded resources that participants can engage with in their own time (asynchronous).

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
 and Time

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Self-directed learning for the 3 asynchronous sessions

Intake for this course is ongoing.

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