CLDSC Member Bulletin – 23 February 2022

Virtual Member Meet Up, 2 March 2022 – Critical Reflection using the CLD Values

Places are filling up fast for our next virtual member meet-up taking place on 2 March 2022, 1pm-2pm. Come along and discuss some critical questions with Dr Rob Bray, University of Highlands and Islands and Graham MacLellan, Senior CLD Worker, Inverclyde Council including:  

  • What does it mean to be a critically reflective practitioner? 
  • How do we go beyond reflective practice to ask the key questions about our practice? 
  • How can we be critically reflective practitioners in a positive and supportive way within a group of peers?

This meet-up is based on a journal article published in the Concept Journal: Critical Reflection and Community Education Values and will explore a range of critical reflection tools for use by CLD staff and volunteers. Participants will explore how we can use the CLD values as determined by the CLD Standards Council to ask key questions about our practice at an individual and also at a group level. Participants will also hear about how this work has been built upon within the further education sector.

Register for the March Virtual Member Meet-Up on Eventbrite.

Happy 1st Birthday, CLD Talks!

Connor Maxwell, founder of CLD Talks, has asked CLDSC to share with members how proud he is to have brought these podcasts to the Community Learning and Development world. He would like to thank everyone who has featured on the podcast and everyone behind the scenes who has helped along the way – Stephanie and Vic for hosting episodes, Ben for editing the in-person podcasts. And there’s a big THANK YOU to every single person who has taken the time to listen to the podcast. 

If you haven’t caught up with the podcasts so far, it’s now Season 4 of CLD Talks! In the first episode find out how it all started and hear an update from one of the first contributors, Adele, on her year in CLD.

And in Episode 2, which is out this week, Connor speaks to our very own Chair, Alan Sherry. Tune in, listen in, join in #BecauseOfCLD.

You can follow @CLDTalks on Twitter and you’ll find the podcasts on Anchor and Spotify.

Last Chance! Free Accredited Online Learning Microcredentials

The deadline for applying for The Open University in Scotland (OUiS) fully funded places on their online learning Microcredentials courses for those working in the CLD sector is Sunday 27 February 2022

The courses on offer are:

  • Online Teaching: Creating Courses for Adult Learners
  • Online Teaching: Evaluating and Improving Courses
  • Online Teaching: Accessibility and Inclusive Learning
  • Teacher Development: Embedding Mental Health in the Curriculum
  • Online Teaching: Embedding Social, Race and Gender-Related Equity

These courses are at postgraduate level and will start in March 2022 and run for 12 weeks. 

Check out the Education Scotland CLD webinar about the CLD Digital Portal and the range of microcredentials, on this session recording.  Information about the Microcredentials is 8:05 minutes into the recording. 

For more information and to apply, please visit OUiS Microcredentials for CLD.
The deadline for applications is Sunday, 27 February 2022.

NATECLA Online Forum – Creating online books for ESOL literacies learners

The National Association for Teaching English and Other Community Languages to Adults (NATECLA) is hosting an online forum on Monday, 28 February from 7-8pm. The forum is aimed at anyone who is interested in creating online materials for ESOL literacies learners. Join in to hear about using Book Creator with invited guest Jo Patterson from Edinburgh College. Even if you don’t teach at this level, you’re very welcome if you would like to know more about Book Creator.

During the session, you will:

  • consider the pros and cons of existing materials used with literacies learners
  • explore and its possibilities for ESOL literacies learners
  • learn how to open a free account and use it to make simple, accessible online resources
  • learn how to share a book made online

Please feel free to bring along or talk about any useful online resources you use too.

Find out more information on the NATECLA website and register for the event.

World Community Development Conference – fully online

The 2022 Virtual World Community Development Conference taking place from 20-22 June 2022 is now fully virtual and you can register until the conference begins.

Inclusion, Challenges, Opportunities, is the unifying theme for WCDC2022, in order to encourage a global discussion and reflection on the new reality that community development practice has to operate in as we enter a post pandemic world. If you’d like to present at the conference, abstract submission is open until 1 April 2022 and you can submit your abstract online.

Follow the conference updates on the WCDC2022 website and on social media @wcdc2022 #wcdc2022.

Census Scotland – Stakeholder Support Sessions

Census Scotland is holding sessions to give a live demo of the online census completion website.  These will include information on the toolkit and supporting assets and the help and support available to enable people to complete the census questionnaire.  There are three sessions available and you can register for the relevant session below.

toolkit and supporting assets have been created to support you as you engage with your own communities, groups, partners and service users about the census. The toolkit contains information about the census, as well as advertising, social media and other promotional materials you can download and share. Please use the toolkit and assets to promote the census, encourage participation and answer questions. 

Register for one of the stakeholder support sessions below:

If you require any additional information, please get in touch at