The world of online learning is changing very fast, and I put a high priority on my own professional development and on networking with professionals who keep me in touch with the latest developments in the world of learning and development. I do this because I enjoy it, but it also means I can pass on the benefits to my clients.
Walking the talk
I find the best way to understand what it’s like to learn online is to do it myself. For me, lifelong learning is a way of working, not a slogan. This helps me to understand the challenges that my learners might encounter in courses that I design and also means I can share current ideas and trends with those I work with. Most of the professional development listed below was carried out online. I do also attend conferences and face to face workshops but online learning is my preference.
Recent professional development
I use PebblePad as a personal learning space where I can plan, reflect and keep track of my short and long term goals. In 2010 I was awarded Certified Membership of the Association for Learning Technology (CMALT). You can view my peer-assessed portfolio here. This is what I’ve been up to over the past few years:
Moodle Course Creator Certificate (enrolled through MoodleBites June- July 2013 – awarded August 2013) View my webfolio here.
MoodleBites for Teachers – using Moodle 2.0 and above (HRDNZ, July 2013)
Screen and Course Design (Neil Lasher, online tutorials, 22 May/29 May 2013)
Articulate Storyline Masterclass (Tom Kuhlmann, London, 14th /15th May 2013)
Course Creator Essential (How to Moodle 31 Jan/1 Feb 2013)
Social Media for Professional Development (Jane Hart, Social Learning Centre 1-31st October 2012)
PKM Workshop (Harold Jarche/Jane Hart Social Learning Centre 1-30 September 2012)
Power Searching with Google (10-17 July 2012)
Moodle 2.0 (ULCC 25 June – 20 July 2012)
Articulate Conference – Leeds (24 May 2012)
Tom Kuhlmann Master Class in elearning (22 May 2012)
Open Content Licensing for Educators (Wikieducator and Creative Commons 23-27 Jan 2012)
ReD (Rapid elearning Development) (MID, October-December 2011). See my webfolio here.MaharaBites (HRDNZ, May 2011).
MoodleBites for Course Designers (HRDNZ, March 2011).
Web content and creation management (Onlignment March 2011) See my webfolio here.
MoodleBites for Teachers (HRDNZ November 2010).
Professional Electronic Portfolios (IT4All September 2010).
E-moderating (All things in moderation, June 2010) Moderating skills using Salmon’s model in practice.
Creating and Cultivating Online Communities of Practice (2 day online workshop, April 2010) Discussing and exploring the 7 principles of creating communities.
Moodle for Teachers (M4T-3) January 2010. An international course designing learning in Moodle (run on the IT4All site).
Getting to Grips with Moodle (Sheffield College Oct-Nov 2009) Part time online course in practical aspects of authoring for Moodle courses.
Learning4Content (WikiEducator) August 2009 Wiki skills for free content on WikiEducator.
Application of Online Learning (NIACE 2008-2009)
imindmap Instructor Certification (ThinkBuzan, November 2008)