Did Rishi Sunak give up on the Arts?

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Improve your video calls quick tip #2

Did you know that the lighting of your face when making a video call can be dependent on the colour of your shirt/blouse? When you run an online training session, you can quickly see who has taken time to think about where the light is coming from. Ideally, you want light falling ‘into’ your face from the front/side – such as from a window, lamp or even your computer screen (if it’s big enough). If you rely on top light, […]

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Improve your Zoom quick tip #1

In face-to-face land, when you talk to someone you tend to look at them; not constantly, that would be weird, but generally. But if you looked off to one side all of the time… well, that really would be weird! In Zoom-land, we’re in great danger of simply accepting being weird all of the time because of one simple issue: the webcam is never in the right position, so we’re always looking off to one side. But there is a […]

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The next time someone asks for your targets to be SMART, you should smack them in the face (metaphorically, of course)

Please stand up if you’ve ever been criticised for your targets not being SMART enough. And please raise your hand if you’ve ever been the critic.. To the critics, this post might make you feel a little uncomfortable, and might also make you think carefully about what you say in the future. And to the criticised: would you like some ammunition to be able to rebuff the criticism? If so, then please read on.. We’ll be discussing this subject in […]

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Fed up with telling learners how to complete their portfolios?

Are you fed up with telling learners how to complete their portfolios of assessment evidence? If so, this ‘call for volunteers’ might be something you’ll be interested in.. There’s a name for what I’ve just mentioned above. Not specifically the ‘fed up with telling learners’ bit, but the time you have to spend working with a learner when they don’t get it right. It’s called ‘preventable contact’. This lovely term helps you get a grip on the ‘payoff’ you might […]

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