CPDReflect is an online toolkit to help teachers and other educators to reflect on their practice, maintain a CPD portfolio and share with other CPDReflect users. The toolkit consists of several separate, but linked, tools.
The Reflection tool.
CPDReflect will allow users to drill down through frameworks, such as the professional standards, and to evaluate themselves against elements of these frameworks. To help in the process, users can see examples of the Standards in action, using rich, online resources such as Journey to Excellence and Learning about Learning. Learning. At any stage in this reflection process, users can:
- Add a reflective comment
- See which colleagues have offered assistance with this part of the Standard
- Set a CPD objective, which is automatically added to the planning tool.
The Planning tool. Users can set CPD objectives in this tool and users are prompted to:
- Describe the objective
- Identify success criteria (based on impact on practice)
- Identify suitable activities to overtake the objective
There are automatic links between this part of CPDReflect and the new, national database of opportunities, CPDFind. Activities identified in the planning process are automatically added to the recording tool.
The Recording tool. Users can add CPD activities in this tool and they are prompted to:
- Record progress through the activities
- Record time spent on activities
- Set reminders for adding evidence of impact
- Add evidence to the evidence bank of the CPD portfolio
The Journal tool. The Journal tool can be seen as another route to the processes described above. Users can add a reflective comment to the journal. On saving the comment, the user is prompted to:
- To check the reflection tool to see if the Standards can assist
- To add a CPD objective if appropriate
- To record progress against an objective
- To add the entry as evidence to the bank
In what ways will CPDReflect encourage users to share practice?
There are a number of ways that users of CPDReflect are encouraged to share. Firstly, and most importantly, users can choose to share their portfolio with any other CPDReflect user. Users can choose which tools to share with which colleagues. For example, a user may choose to share the CPD plan and record with a line manager, but allow a mentor to see the reflection area also.
In addition, throughout the tool there are prompts to share:
- Users can submit examples of practice to be included in the bank that is used to exemplify the Standards in Action
- Colleagues who evaluate themselves as innovative or strong in a certain area are encouraged to allow themselves to be contacted by other colleagues through the system
- Users will be encouraged to visit other users’ portfolios
It is important to note that the default for all users is not to share. Sharing is a personal choice for individual users to make.
Who can use CPDReflect?
CPDReflect is targetted at all educators in Scotland. For best value reasons, it is only be available through the Glow Intranet currently being rolled out in Scottish Education. The toolkit will come with several frameworks in place for reflection:
- Standard for Initial Teacher Education (SITE)
- Standard for Full Registration (SfR)
- Standard for Chartered Teacher (SfCT)
- Standard for Headship (SfH)
Additional frameworks can be added at national, authority and establishment level by authorised users. Examples include job descriptions, leadership frameworks and authority and school improvement plans.
Who is supporting CPDReflect?
CPDReflect was developed by a partnership of Learning & Teaching Scotland, the National CPD Team in Scotland and Lightbox Education. The funding for the tool comes from the ICT directorate at LTScotland.
When will CPDReflect be ready for use?
It’s available now. Go to the CPDReflect home page for more details