CLDSC Member Bulletin – 20 January 2021

Virtual Meet-Up on Tuesday 26 January 1- 2pm

Don’t forget to register for our first Virtual Meet up of 2021 to find out about Supporting Professional Learning Together. Get information about how to volunteer or take part in:

  • CLDSC Connecters –making the most of networks and communities of practice
  • CLDSC Buddies – experienced CLD practitioners informally supporting those newer to the field
  • CLDSC Peer Mentor – support and challenge from a peer.
  • CLDSC PL Verifiers – help to reflect on and record your professional learning and to verify for registration and re-registration purposes.

Register for the Meet-up on Eventbrite.

College-based Professional Learning Opportunities for CLD Practitioners

CLDSC is working with the College Development Network and colleagues across sectors to develop, support and promote college-based Professional Learning Opportunities for CLD Practitioners across adult learning, community development and youth work. The first of four workshops is on Friday 5 February, 1 – 3 pm and aims to:

  • Promote awareness of the range of accredited programmes for CLD practitioners
  • Explore issues regarding current provision and accessibility of these programmes and the extent of unmet need/demand.
  • Identify action to address the issues identified.

This session is targeted at current, former and potential providers of CLD practitioner programmes in college and approved centre settings, as well as organisations/managers looking for learning opportunities for CLD staff and volunteers.

Register your interest to attend the workshop through Eventbrite.

Adult Learning Strategy Consultation Events

The Adult Learning Strategic Group is developing an Adult Learning Strategy for Scotland and some of the consultation events were cancelled due to the national lockdown in March 2020. Additional online events are now planned for 27th & 28th January. These events are aimed at practitioners and learners who have so far been unable to contribute to this consultation process. Participation by practitioners working in adult literacies and ESOL learners is particularly encouraged. Participation from practitioners in South West, South East, North (Aberdeenshire and Islands), and West (Lanarkshires) who were not able to attend the planned events is also welcome.

Please find the appropriate links below to each event. Please share this with your teams/practitioners/partners and learners.

Adult Learning consultation event Wednesday 27th January 12.30pm – 1.30pm
Adult Learning consultation event Thursday 28th January 12.30pm – 1.30pm

Education Scotland CLD posts

Education Scotland is currently recruiting for Community Learning and Development Education Officers
Full information is available on the myjobscotland website

Closing date 03/02/2021

Education Scotland Tips & Tricks Webinar recording now available

In December Education Scotland delivered a webinar for both youth work and adult learning practitioners offering tips and tricks for online delivery of learning, learner engagement and tips for platforms featuring Kathryn Koromilas. It covered tips on learner engagement online, overcoming technical barriers and making the most of digital platforms. The recording is now available on i-develop.

Open University in Scotland: free courses

OUiS is offering some fully-funded places on a range of Micro-credentials which might be of interest. These include:

  • Online Teaching: Creating Courses for Adult Learners
  • Online Teaching: Accessibility and Inclusive Learning
  • Teacher Development: Embedding Mental Health in the Curriculum
  • Management of Uncertainty: Leadership, Decisions and Action

Each course takes 12 weeks to complete with approximately 13 hours of study required each week. You can find more information about the courses, as well as the application form on The Open University website.

The deadline for applications is 14th February 2021.

College Development Network Joint Curriculum Development Groups

In response to feedback from college colleagues, CDN is developing a set of new Joint Curriculum Development Groups. These Groups will encompass a wide range of subject areas and are designed to allow lecturers and other colleagues to share good practice within their subject specialism. There are groups on Essential Skills – English and Communication, Essential Skills – Maths and Numeracy, and Social Science, all of which may be of interest to CLD practitioners.

If you’re interested in participating, you can register on the CDN website.