Representatives of further education colleges throughout the Midlands came together for the first of three Professional Dialogue seminars being organised by the West Midlands HEI ITT Forum.
The day-long event was held at the University of Wolverhampton's Walsall campus. The delegates were members of teacher training teams at the partner colleges of the Higher Education Institutions in the Forum (the universities of Warwick, Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, Worcester and Birmingham City), staff from those HEIs and from the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC).
The themes under discussion were: the implications of initial assessment and the minimum core in curriculum design and the wider college context; and developing the skills of critical thinking and reflective evaluation. Delegates divided into small groups for presentations and discussions then came back into the larger group for feedback.
The second seminar is being held at the RAF Cosford Museum in Staffordshire on Friday, December 11, 2009
where there will be a demonstration by JISC of mobile technologies. The themes for discussion there
will be the current and potential use of mobile technologies to enhance learner engagement and the
effectiveness of different technologies in a teaching context; and the integration of blended learning and
new technologies into curriculum design and the pedagogical framework which underpins it.
A third and final seminar will be held at the University of Warwick in March 2010.