If you are a leader of CPD in your setting and aren’t yet a member of CPDLead – what are you waiting for?! Have a look at our online community and sign up – it’s simple and it’s free! http://bit.ly/cpdlead3
Features such as the About Us profile, I-share, I-intend and the CPDMeets programme can be made available to any CPD leader for use in more specialised communities than CPDCentral.
We already have a number of these communities up and running:
Games-based learning and design (cpdconsolarium)
Internet Safety and Responsible Use (isru)
There are several more in the pipeline; for example Perth & Kinross, Positive Relationships, and Probationer Supporters, Aberdeenshire, University of Aberdeen, Journey to Excellence.
Over the coming 2 months, Catriona and I will be ‘on the road’ helping colleagues from all over Scotland. We have an understanding with these colleagues that these workshops will be open to others who are keen to build their own communities.
Many CPDCentral members have already taken up the challenge of sharing using the I-share area. However, like Dean, many Scottish educators also share on a regular basis using their blogs. Rather than ask these colleagues to share again on I-share, we have developed an area for showcasing these educators in CPDCentral (http://bit.ly/cpdcbloggers). A ‘slideshow’ of the latest posts can also be seen on the main I-share page.
So if your blog is not featured, let’s hear from you and give all CPDCentral members the benefit of your sharing. Here’s how:
If you’re already a member of the CPDCentral community, click on your picture, edit properties and add your blog name and link in the area provided
CPDLead is a professional community on Glow for all leaders of CPD. It will be particularly useful for establishment CPD Coordinators, QIOs in local authorities and LA and national development officers.
It is a work in progress but it will be all the stronger for your involvement! CPDLead is facilitated by Catriona Oates of the National CPD Team.
To find out more and join CPDLead, see the ‘Change here for…’ panel on the front page of CPDCentral.
You don’t have to share 5 items, just one will do. Why is it called I-share? Because we ask you to share an intention, an issue, an idea, an insight or an item of interesting practice, all beginning with ‘I’.
I-share (or CPDShare) is a way of sharing your CPD practice in the Glow communities that are affiliated to CPDCentral.
There are four Is you can share with colleagues in your CPD community: Issue, Idea, Insight / research and Interesting practice.
To add your own, look for an Add button.
You can also I-share across more than one CPD community by adding different hashtags. Using the I-share form is pretty straightforward. Watch this tutorial video clip if you need more help. It’s a bit dated but will still give you an idea of why sharing is important and how to use the I-share form
As part of its associate scheme, the National CPD Team are looking for a member of the CPD Network to assist with the development of CPDCentral (supported by Sheila Smith).
CPDCentral is the national Glow group for all CPD matters and the aim of this opportunity is to develop CPDCentral as a vibrant, online forum to stimulate and generate high quality debate, discussion and support.
Key tasks will include:
designing and publicising a programme of discussion topics
identifying, organising and briefing “guest” contributors
hosting and moderating online discussions and online meetings
ensuring specific CPD opportunities are posted on CPDFind
CPDScotland, the website, has been given a bit of an overhaul in recent weeks to make sure it can keep up with the pace of the work of the CPD Team and the CPD Network. You will still find links to CPDFindand our email bulletin but you will find a brand-new section entitled What we do.
The What we do section is designed to provide concise summaries of the many CPD projects underway. Down the right hand side of each of these pages you will see a couple of feeds which will keep you posted on the latest news from the CPD team blog and opportunities from CPDFind which are relevant to each area.
Don’t forget the CPD-focussed, professional communities on Glow starting with CPDCentral (needs a Glow password)
We would love to hear from you on how we can improve the national CPD conversation!