Many thanks for getting in touch with us about keeping your Glow account going. Here are a few points to note:
Do not be surprised if you do not hear personally from us for a while. It’s going take us from June to August to process all the requests. That’s why we asked local authorities not to ‘turn-off’ your Glow accounts in the meantime.
At some point, your Glow persona will be ‘adopted’ by the CPDStepin community. We will be in touch when that happens with any action you may have to take.
A CPD-focussed community which uses some or all of the CPDCentral features to ‘crank up’ the collegiality in the community. If I am a potential member of a CPD community, there are a number of benefits:
I introduce myself just the once and can then take part in several CPD communities
I can upload an item and share it across across several appropriate CPD programmes / communities
it standardises the way I engage with CPD on Glow and removes some of the barriers to collegiality
For CPD community facilitators, there are benefits too:
it cuts down time on footering with Glow web-parts and lets you concentrate on the CPD
the I-intend system helps promote real, evidenced impact from your all hard work; “if it’s not happening in the classroom, it’s not happening” – Richard Elmore
it increases interaction; “lurking is not a collegiate activity” – Con Morris
If you want to register for / learn more about CPDCentral affiliation, you can find out more on (you’ve guessed it!) CPDCentral!
The best type of CPD is collegiate and it’s no different on Glow. The CPD Team have developed an About Us system that lets colleagues introduce themselves once and then ‘appear’ in any CPD opportunity they take part in.
Here’s how it works:
1. You enrol in the CPDMeet or other opportunity
2. Our admin folk get an alert and we will add the CPD opportunity to your About Us entry
3. When you click on ‘See participants’ you will see pictures of all who have / are taking part
Isn’t it great when you go to a CPD event in person and you see people and are introduced to them. To help us get that feeling, enrolling in one of our online CPD opportunities is in two parts.
Part 1 – All members of CPD communities on Glow must introduce themselves with a photograph and details using the About Us web part. If you haven’t already done so, then please fill in this form as soon as possible. You only need to do this once!
Part 2 – for each of the CPD opportunities:
select the enrol button (eg for a CPDMeet).
the organiser will ‘add’ you to the opportunity just as if you are attending a face-to-face event.
When this is done, your details will appear on the About Us section for that opportunity
Note this may take a wee bit of time, so in the meantime, you can continue with the CPD opportunity or edit it yourself on your CPDMe page on CPDCentral! Look for the my participation section
Many CPD providers (such as local authority CPD managers) will be eligible to access Glow anyway.
There are contractual considerations that restrict unlimited access to Glow by other organisations (eg providers in the private sector).
However, CPD providers are allowed on Glow if they are working with one of the local authorities or other client groups of Glow (eg SQA, LTScotland, HMIE). It’s analogous to the CPD providers’ use of school premises. If they are doing a CPD session in a local authority, they will be given guest access to that room. Similarly, CPD providers who are working with an LA, can be given guest access to the LA Glow area at the discretion of the authority.
A CPD provider working with a national organisation, such as LTScotland, will have national guest access. Any provider using Glow in this way must have Disclosure Scotland status.
The Glow network, now available in most Scottish schools and beyond, is largely made up of a series of web-parts. Think of them as lego pieces and you won’t go far wrong. There are Glow web-parts to deliver news, web meetings, chat sessions etc.
CPDGizmos are a collection of web-parts with a CPD purpose, that you can add to your own school or CPD area in Glow.
If this is your first time using Glowmeet, the National CPD Team can arrange a support session. This will take place a week before your CPDMeet and last approximately 45 minutes. This is likely to be a telephone/online session.
Before the support session please have a look at the following links to give you an idea of what Glowmeet looks like and what it can do.
Whether live or recorded the essentials of effective online CPD sessions are the same as face to face session:
content which is understandable, beneficial and accurately communicated
an opportunity for collegiate discussion and activity
Some general points about leading CPDMeets
Participants are more likely to register for a CPDMeet when they know the answer to “what’s in it for me?”
To help you plan your presentation:
Identify the audience you want to or need to attract eg probationers, supply staff, senior leaders
Identify the pains, problems, needs and desires of that audience and what would prompt them to take the kind of action you want them to take.
Your presentation should be focused on what your audience wants to hear, balanced with what you have to say.
Ask yourself “if the audience only remembers a few key points what should they be?”
Optimise the visual content of your presentation (see Andrew Brown’s opportunity on CPDFind). Images have the capability to induce emotion and tell a story but only if they are relevant to the point you are trying to make. Charts and graphs can also have the same function.
Be as natural as you possibly can, authenticity is preferred to perfection so avoid reading from a script or what’s on the slides.
Where possible make use of activities to engage your audience:
allocate a task
ask for questions
encourage use of Glowmeet annotation tools and pointers to foster collegiality
Be aware of your virtual body language – tone of voice, speed of speech and posture.
Finally, don’t be too disappointed if only a handful of colleagues join in the CPDMeet. This is a relatively new type of CPD and it may take a wee while before it really takes off!