Memorable Moment #3 : FE Teaching and Learning Conference & CPD
This is the first time that I was approached by a conference to present something(rather than apply to present)so I feel particularly proud of that. It is also the most ‘formal’ presentation I have ever given. I am more used to running more hands on workshops at conferences than presenting to a room of people – and I certainly have never been recorded before!
To be honest the conference itself was not so memorable (sorry) but I did get to meet Toni Fazelli, the Chief Exec of IFL. In her keynote she asked if anyone felt supported in undertaking CPD by their organisation. I was the lone person to respond.
What is most surprising about this – the fact that no-one else responded or that I did?
I have been Senior Tutor (as was) and Advanced Teaching and Learning Coach (now) for possibly more years I would like to share here! What this means is that whenever there are staff development events within the college, I am involved in delivering a workshop rather than attending it. So delivering a workshop is certainly part of by ‘job’. But I also view this as ‘CPD’. I will certainly have been undertaking CPD activity to be able to deliver any given workshop.
So when I responded to say I felt supported by my organisation I stand by this. I feel very much in control of my professional development and this is very possibly why I love my job so much. This reminds me of a Small Twitter Chat I had recently with the fabulous Lou. Many of the things I think are important and I enjoy thinking about and discussing I get paid to think about and discuss.
At the conference, following a discussion over coffee, Toni expressed an interest in visiting the college. When she came various people dropped in and out of a ‘drop-in’ meeting where we discussed professionalism and the role of the organisation, the individual and the IFL in this. It is certainly not an un-complicated relationship, but it is one where I feel very much central to.
Following the visit, I did re-new my lapsed membership of IFL. I have registered my CPD activity for the year, I think I claimed I’d done about 40 hours. But in reality – firstly I would say the amount of time is unquantifiable and secondly if I were asked to evidence this…..