FESS CPD Calendar for Autumn/Winter 2016 (announced July 2016)
FESS is pleased to announce its CPD calendar of events for Autumn/Winter 2016. The following themes are the focus for this series of events, and are open to all Department of Education and Skills funded providers:
- Software Development/Computer Systems and Networks
- Motivating and Engaging Learners in FET
- Being LGB and T+ in FET
- Learner Well-Being in the FET Environment
- Developing Learners' Academic Writing Skills
- Assessing Learner Evidence in FET for QQI Certification
Further information on the events, the target audience and a booking facility can be accessed here.
eCollege CPD opportunities for Summer 2016
FESS is working in partnership with eCollege to provide access to a range of online courses to FET staff from DES-funded providers. There is a broad range of courses and associated industry-standard certification available free of charge. As all the courses assume litte prior knowledge, teachers with some prior knowledge may be able to complete them in a much shorter timeframe, perhaps over the summer holidays. Some examples of proposed time committments for different courses are included in the information booklet here
Resource Development Initiative (announced May 2016)
Following the success of Phase 1 and Phase 2 of a project that resulted in programme module specific resource lists being developed by FET teachers and trainers, FESS would now like to announce Phase 3 of development.
This phase of development will focus solely on 2 areas:
1. Resource lists for specific programme modules leading to QQI Certification at Levels 5/6
2. Resource lists addressing specific FET thematic areas
Two application forms are listed below for teachers, tutors or trainers who may be interested in getting involved in writing the resource lists:
- Application Form 1 is for programme module specific resource lists
- Application Form 2 is for FET thematic areas
Click here to view resources developed during Phases 1 and 2 of the project.
All resource list writing must be completed and submitted on or before 22nd August 2016.
IBM's Academic Initiative partnership with FESS and the National Network of IT Teachers
FESS and the Network of IT Teachers have been delighted to partner together to offer CPD to FET IT teachers over the last year. As part of these CPD offerings, FESS and NNITT have also been proud to partner with IBM in delivering CPD in their Academic Initiative.
The IBM Academic Initiative is a programme that partners Colleges and Universities around the world to better educate students for a more skilled and competitive IT workforce. Teachers and students who participate in the IBM Academic Initiative have access to courseware and certification training programs based on open standards and IBM proprietary technologies.
Teachers in the Irish FET sector can now register with IBM Academic Initiative and gain access to resources, educator guides and toolkits in areas such as software development, security, database technologies, mobile, and Cloud technologies.
If teachers wish to register for IBM Academic Initiative it is recommended that they register using a legitimate college or ETB email as IBM authenticate all requests for Academic access against a list of known institutions.
Please note; the nomination process for access to the Cloud offering in Academic Initiative (i.e. Bluemix) has been temporarily closed since 1st March and will open again to new nominations at a later date. Information with respect to the reopening of Cloud/Bluemix will be communicated as soon as IBM inform of same.
In the meantime; teachers can continue to enroll with the IBM Academic Initiative and gain access to many other resources other than Bluemix/Cloud (such as Security, Mobile etc) - it is only the Bluemix that has a temporary global stop (during which we understand they are streamlining the process for academic access to Bluemix and certain other services)
FESS plans to continue its relationship with the network of IT Teachers and SOLAS eCollege to deliver CPD opportunities for teachers delivering programmes leading to IT awards.
NUI Maynooth Summer Writing Institute 2016 (announced February 2016)
The National University of Ireland, Maynooth, will facilitate a Summer Writing Institute For Teachers (SWIFT) in two venues this July - Maynooth University SWIFT and Letterkenny Institute of Technology SWIFT .
The offerings this year will build on previous institutes (in 2014 and 2015) which were originally designed in consultation with a range of teaching and learning networks. The institutes draw from the US National Writing Project model and are designed to provide an opportunity for teachers, from all education levels, to meet, share good practice, and learn more about writing and the teaching of writing. At the institutes you will look closely at your own writing and student writing, explore issues and ideas in the teaching of writing, work toward becoming teacher leaders and share classroom practices or activities.
Both institutes are free to all participants but places will be strictly limited and allocated across the education levels.
If you would like to read more about this initiative please click here.
If you would like an application form please click here.
Learner Well-Being in the FET Environment
A new resource, developed by Dr Marie Rooney, on behalf of FESS, is now available. This document, Well-being in the Further Education and Training Environment may be useful to those working in the FET sector.
Publication of Programme Module Specific Resource Lists (announced November 2015)
FESS is pleased to present an updated section on www.fess.ie which provides suggested resource lists developed by FET teachers and tutors to support delivery of programme modules leading to a range of QQI components. These resource lists may be of interest to teachers and tutors teaching a programme module for the first time or teachers and tutors looking for new ideas. It is hoped to continue to upload more resource lists as they become available.
Please check out these lists here
FESS and eCollege on-line courses available (October 2015)
FESS is working in partnership with eCollege to provide access to a range of online courses to FE staff from DES-funded providers. There is a broad range of courses and associated industry-standard certification available free of charge. Please click here for more information.
May 2015 Grading of QQI FET Major Awards
To view an explanation of how QQI calculate the grade of a FET major award using the QBS, and to access some worked examples, please click here.