Professional Development of Staff

Digital technology is playing an increasingly prominent role in the world of learning, work and leisure

Students have expectations of using digital technology for their learning and developing ICT skills that they will require in the world of work. Digital technology is playing an increasingly prominent role in the world of learning, work and leisure. We have a responsibility to ensure our students are capable for today’s world and equipped with skills to be digital citizens.

professional development for staff

Through training, development, collaboration and special projects, we are supporting staff in working in new ways and developing innovative pedagogies. We will support staff in developing digital skills and help them collaborate with key stakeholders and other colleagues through events and projects. Staff will be able to create their own learning materials directly for the virtual learning environment. We will support a programme of continuous professional development for staff.

We will support digital learning communities of practice and networks for staff learning and teaching. One of the aims of the digital learning fellowship is for PROCAT to enhance the digital experience for all learners. Using technology effectively can help create a rich learning experience for students. We need to look at doing things better, for example, not using the virtual learning environment, simply for storage, but making it a place for our students to create, collaborate and interact. Consideration also needs to focus on how learners differ in their use of technologies, in order, for us to understand what our learners need to succeed. The FELTAG report’s target on increasing the provision of online learning activities, should not be achieved by using technology for its own sake. The fellowship role recognises the importance for staff and learners to be able to express their views on what the value of online learning is.

Blog Posts associated with Professional Development of Staff

procat digital learning fellowship dissemination event with digital learning fellow katharine jewitt

December 16th, 2015

Digital Learning Journey

The Digital Learning Journey of PROCAT This blog post is a series of images to portray the journey that PROCAT has been travelling along with Digital Learning Fellow, Katharine Jewitt, during the digital learning fellowship funded by The Education and Training Foundation. As a college we do not chain down… Read More »

Windows shortcuts

December 15th, 2015

12 Windows shortcuts you should know

We are busy people. While juggling student instruction, assignment review, lesson preparation, and professional development, you need technology to work for you, not against you. Here are some nifty time-saving techniques. 1. Snap windows side-by-side to work simultaneously Making a PowerPoint presentation with content from a Word doc and photos?… Read More »

bradley lightbody

December 14th, 2015

Staff Development Event 17 December 2015

Bradley Lightbody – Managing Director of Collegenet Limited Bradley Lightbody is the Managing Director of Collegenet Limited and author of ‘The i-Learning Revolution: a new pedagogy’ and ‘Outstanding teaching and learning 14-19’. He has enjoyed a 35 year career in Further Education in senior management positions across Teacher Training, Quality,… Read More »

linkedin for students digital learning ambassadors

December 11th, 2015

Week 5: Digital Learning Ambassadors LinkedIn Events

Guest Post from the Digital Learning Ambassadors – Preparing for Lunchtime LinkedIn Events This is our final report before we break for Christmas. This week, we’ve been planning events to be held in the canteen at lunch times to introduce other students and staff to the benefits of LinkedIn. Students… Read More »

independent learning for students

December 10th, 2015

Digital Learning Dissemination Event

About the Digital Learning Dissemination Event – 15th January 2016 Please use the Twitter Hashtag: #PROCATDigital For more information about the Digital Learning Dissemination Event, please visit the Event website here. Prospects College of Advanced Technology – PROCAT, supported by the Education and Training Foundation, will be hosting a digital… Read More »

Professional Standards for Further Education

December 8th, 2015

Professional Standards for Further Education

The Education and Training Foundation published a set of professional standards for Further Education Teachers in May 2014 The Professional Standards for the further education and training sector were published in May 2014 by The Education and Training Foundation and underpin all teaching support and development work.Please download the professional… Read More »

Digital Learning Ambassadors LinkedIn

December 4th, 2015

Linked In Profile Check List

Guest Post by Digital Learning Ambassador Danny Crook Using Powtoon I have created this short clip to provide a check list for you to create a LinkedIn profile. This Powtoon clip has been created as part of the PROCAT Digital Learning Ambassadors scholarship to help students use LinkedIn effectively. This… Read More »

Digital Learning Dissemination Event

December 3rd, 2015

Improving the Quality of Teaching and Learning

Today’s blog posts looks at how the quality of teaching and learning has been improved at PROCAT through the use of digital technology David Hill, Course Leader at PROCAT Aviation Academy demonstrates Aerosim Improving the quality of teaching and learning The virtual learning technology empowers learners and their employers, supporting… Read More »

Digital Learning Ambassadors

December 2nd, 2015

Useful Tools for Self-Study

Here are some useful digital tools for students to use either in the classroom or in self study time. I recommend you direct your students to these sites when they need to revise for exams. Transforming things such as formula, facts, figures, definitions into a game makes it much easier… Read More »