Category Archives: Learning Technology

The Wales Centre for Professional Teacher and Trainer Education

Today,  I had a slot at Wales’ Learning Technology Forum in Llandrindod. It was a brief look at my own personal transition from a learning technology role in FE to one in HE, the similarities and differences of both sectors that I have experienced to date and some of the important challenges and developments that face the current organisation that I work for.

I ended the slot with an observation and a thought for colleagues involved in education, across all sectors, to chew over.

I now work for a a centre which gets its core funding from Welsh Government to provide Professional Education to the Pharmacy workforce living or working in Wales. As far as I am aware, I have so far observed that there is similar provision for Medics, Dental, Optometry etc. I do not know whether these are directly Welsh Government funded and I have probably drastically over-simplified the set up!!

However, if healthcare professionals have centres dedicated to developing and maintaining the standards across their respective professions, then shouldn’t the workforce dedicated to educating our nation also have the same. Teachers, trainers, classroom assistants, all ages, sectors etc etc.

Surely this would mean the best chance of a consistent level and quality of continuing professional development in the Education sector, across the whole sector and allow particular national priorities to be addressed in rapid fashion.  It could be an answer to finally stepping up the game in how we use technology to enhance learning, or best practice in Essential Skills education, safeguarding, digital literacy,  etc etc.

Just putting it out there, as Seth Godin would say, just Poking the Box, to see what comes back 🙂 .




Well, as planned, I have made a good start on OCTEL. I’m currently heading towards London via the M4 on Megabus. Enjoying the fact that I have the time to leisurely browse, take part in discussion and ponder the first weeks’ tasks. I’ll wait to watch the webinar, as my data limit is getting close to the max and tomorrow is billing reset day 😉


Starting #OCTEL

This week, as are many others, I am starting ALT’s OCTEL open learning course. I’ve signed up to a few ‘MOOCS’ in the past and have only got part way through until the dramas of life got in the way. When I was engaging with them, I learned a great deal, so I suppose if one objective of such courses is the flexibility to take what you want from them, then they were a success on a personal level, even though I did not fully complete them in the wider sense.

I signed up to last years’ OCTEL, but work and life got in the way more than ever and the sheer volume of messages flowing through the mailing list felt overwhelming, even for a technology hardcore like myself.

Anyway, this year, the course looks more refined and I am looking forward to completing it entirely. As I signed up for CMALT in February, I am also pleased that it is possible to use this as a vehicle to help achieve it. Double whammy!!

Also, in true TEL style, I intend making a good start tomorrow, on my ipad, as I travel to London on Megabus.