NEW Externship Visiting Programme (EVP) for IT Teachers/Tutors/Trainers in FET - February 2017
Announcement 2nd Externship Visiting Programme (EVP) 2017
Following the success of the EVP in CISCO last November 2016, FESS and NNITT with the support of ETBI and SOLAS eCollege are delighted to announce the 2nd EVP which will take place in IBM on 9th February 2017
The next EVP is a one day CPD activity which will take place in IBM, Dublin on Thursday 9th February 2017 from 9.30 – 15.30.
Registration at 9:30am. The EVP will be opened with a keynote address from IBM and the day will include a range of presentations and workshops delivered by IBM personnel. Lunch will be included on the day. Topics covered will range from cloud based software development and HR perspectives on hiring graduates to current areas of technology trends led by IBM in areas such as security, collaborative development and smart cities. The EVP will conclude at 3:30pm.
The primary target audience for this EVP will be IT teachers/tutors/trainers working in the FET sector.
FET teachers/tutors/trainers can apply for the EVP and selection will be based on programmes taught, company suitability and the applicant’s purpose statement. This initiative is forming part of the FESS CPD calendar for 2016/17 and full details and application form are on the FESS website www.fess.ie
Places are limited.
Deadline for receipt of application forms is Tuesday 24th January 2017 to email@example.com
Aim of EVP
The principle aim of the Externship Visiting Programme (EVP) is to provide teachers and trainers with an opportunity to experience and share practices with industry counterparts in the field of learning in which they teach, for collaborating organisations to inform and gain valuable insights into the skills, knowledge and competency that the FET system can provide to future employees and finally to develop a community of practice with other colleagues based on the experiences and relationships developed while on the EVP.
Taking Care of Your Well-Being for FET Teachers and Tutors (announced November 2016)
To work effectively with learners it is important to take care of your own well-being, as a teacher and tutor. This booklet will explore how you can use the findings and strategies of positive psychology and maximise your own individual potential for happiness and well-being. Taking Care of Your Well-Being for FET Teachers and Tutors was developed by Dr. Marie Rooney on behalf of FESS to support those working in the FET sector. We hope that you find it useful.
Publication of Programme Module Specific and Thematic Resource Lists (announced October 2016)
FESS is pleased to announce that in addition to new programme specific resources, we now also have thematic specific resource lists available here
The thematic resources can be categorised under the following headings:
Equality and Diversity
Learner well-being in the FET Environment
Literacy and Numeracy
Teaching and Learning
Technology Enhanced Learning
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.
Applications must be made to firstname.lastname@example.org, no later than Wednesday, 1st June 2016 at 17.00. Applications will only be accepted for the development of resource lists for the specific programme modules and FET thematic areas identified.
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.
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.