Tony’s Blog

Tools for online and blended learning

On Thursday, we’ll be looking at 11 wonderful tools for making online and blended learning wonderfully engaging. Now if you’re into technology-enhanced learning, that sort of opening sentence will produce one type of emotional reaction. But if you curse Rona every time you teach online, you might experience an entirely different emotion! Please bear with me, however, as this session isn’t what you think. I promise there’ll be no cognitive overload and that I won’t try to teach you how […]

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Perfecting your development plan

Have you ever seen the Ofsted/Estyn/EducationScotland/ETI inspection sentence: ‘It’s too early to judge the impact of this new initiative’? If you’ve had it written in your own report, you’ll know just how annoying it can be to have a huge swathe of your quality improvement work damned with this one-liner. That it’s never too early to judge impact, makes it all the more frustrating. In this week’s open workshop – Perfecting Development Plan Writing – we’ll be looking at what […]

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The 5 most common issues with self assessment

I’ve worked on somewhere in excess of 4500 SARs and it’s still one of my favourite areas of work. I wrote my first self-assessment report at the end of my first teaching year back in 1987-88, not because anyone asked us to, but because we knew we weren’t doing it right and so wanted to know how to improve. Ever since then, I’ve considered self assessment to be one of the most creative parts of our day job. When I […]

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The RED System

On Thursday, September 16th, my open training session will be on the CCQI RED System. This is a replacement for traditional accountability-style observation processes and it’s without doubt the most powerful and transformational training we do. Just as with children, quality improvement professionals shouldn’t have favourite providers, but I’m afraid I do. East Coast College suffered the wrath of inspectors for 20 years – can you imagine what that must have felt like? Constantly being told by the Big O […]

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Quick-n-dirty research project

Would anyone like to make a small (or large!) contribution to a quick-n-dirty research project please? Years ago, when I was on the Board of the LSIS Excellence Gateway, I worked with a metadata specialist and a taxonomist (and many, many specialist staff and inspectors from every corner of FE & Skills) to produce the sector’s first Taxonomy of Issues. This was a list of every possible issue in the FE & Skills sector. It was then used to create […]

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