Teaching languages with Xerte Toolkits – free online session

* Tune in to Xerte Friday – next session 25th November, 1.00
If you can’t make the date, you can pick up on the recordings.
All information on this site


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The BIG lottery fund launches a new programme

With a bit of imagination… there’s lots to aim for as  ‘The BIG lottery fund launches The Millenium Now programme’
Applications must fit into one of the five project types:

  • Helping disadvantaged families to be healthy and live well; 
  • Helping different generations to share their skills with each other;
  • Getting communities volunteering to address environmental issues;
  • Bringing communities together to tackle local issues; and
  • Helping disadvantaged young people to learn new career-based skills. 
    The programme will make five grants, one under each project type, of between £1,500,000 and £2,000,000 for projects running over two years.
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‘Steal this presentation’

Skippool Creek (Nr Blackpool)

I picked these links up from the Linkedin Higher Education Teaching and Learning (HETL) discussion group that occasionally sprouts some gems: 
*Steal this Presentation
*Life after Death by Powerpoint
Both good ways of raising awareness and discussion about powerpoint as learners prepare to give presentations – so too for tutors!  🙂

And while I’m at it, this one was re-tweeted by RSC NW John D. on embedding video into Powerpoint from a blog on ‘Digital Tools for Teachers’

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Teacher Ed: developing assessment & feedback for effective learning

* A Teacher Education Advancement Network event
‘This workshop will be of interest to staff in higher education who would like to develop their assessment practice.  It is aimed at those in teacher education but will be relevant to other higher education subject disciplines, particularly those involving professional education’
December 13th, 2011 at the University of Cumbria (Lancaster campus)
Follow this link for more details and to book.  [NB it costs £90 and the closing date is 2nd Dec]

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Preparing Advanced Apprentices for the new Higher Education world – free CPD workshop

 *A practical workshop for trainers, assessors and professionals advising or supporting apprentices considering Higher Education.
Tues 15th Nov.  10-12.  Westleigh Conference Centre, Preston.
More details on this flyer:  FREE CPD workshop 15 Nov

(Organised by the Lancashire Lifelong Learning Network)

 * And if you’re interested in that, you may well be interested in this too:  Preparation for Higher Education – a free level 4 CPD module for trainers, assessors and guidance workers.  Next module start is 9th December, 2011 – it’s paced over 4 days, spread out over several months.  See here for more information


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Events: Digital Literacies Workshop…an LSRN Research event…the LSIS Northwest Road Show

*JISC Developing Digital Literacies Workshop
November 4th.  Organised by JISC /  JISC RSC Wales and running across three locations  at the same time (via video conf) – the most northwesterly of the venues is actually not so far away from Chester (left a bit, along a bit) making this more within reach from the Northwest (southern end of it, at least!) than you might at first think.  More details.     It’s free.

*LSRN National Research Event
(LSRN=Learning and Skills Research Network)
Organised by NIACE.  24th November. London.  £90

“This participative event focuses on key issues in policy and practice in the learning and skills sector.  The four themes to be addressed during the day are:

  • colleges in their communities
  • measuring what matters
  • higher education in further education institutions
  • identity and professionalism   More information

*LSIS Northwest Road Show and Learning Fair

‘Showcasing and celebrating good practice:  An
exciting opportunity to share a range of information, approaches and support
that will help you to improve your provision, achieve strategic objectives,
shape your curriculum planning, work smarter and more efficiently and develop
new approaches in the use of technology’.
25th November.
9.30-3.30 Bolton College.  Costs £75
More details

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Exploring free or familiar tools to support your teaching or training

We’ve a series of five online short events over the week of 24th – 28th  October (next week) that are all about exploring different ways of supporting your teaching or training – whichever sector you’re in. 

Visit the RSC Northwest events page for more details.
Do book on in advance if you can, but if you’re not sure you’ll be available until the last minute, you are welcome to drop in, too – see the events page for more details of that as well.  [It’s all free, workshops are online and last around an hour]

One of the workshops (Wed at 4.00) will feature Carol Hickson from Mid-Cheshire College talking about her use of blogs with her ESOL students.  Carol developed this as part of a project on the teacher education programme she successfully completed last year. 
Carol’s is one way of using blogs and we invite you to join in the workshop and share your ideas and your own experiences of using them, too.

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