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David McDade Post 1

18 May 2020, 20:32 Edited by Nigel Gibson on 19 May 2020, 12:05

Section 4, Activity 8

TrainingThis thread is for section 4, activity 8

What continual professional development (CPD) activities have you participated in recently?

Reflect briefly on the professional development activities that you have completed in the last year. They may be formal events organised by your employer, training, volunteering or a book you have read.

How have these helped you keep up to date with the field of computing and communications? Have you put any of the things you have learned into practice?

Write a short reflection that you could share with a student based on what you have learned.

Consider how might you take the reflection of the other post and integrate it into a tutorial? Post your ideas as a reply.

These are examples of the types of posts we might expect to see:

"I have attended some training for a software package that I need to use in my job. This could help me in my teaching as it supports project work, so I could show it to project students who may also find it useful. The tool also emphasis how important it is to have an appropriate analysis method identified, and this is also important for the students, so I could share my experiences of selecting appropriate methods, and the process I followed to do this.

Use the "Reply" button below to contribute to this discussion.

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David Sherlock Post 2 (summarised) in reply to 1

8 Jun 2020, 15:18 Edited by the author on 8 Jun 2020, 15:20
In the last few weeks I have started to learn Angular, for mobile and web...
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Lucy Gillett Post 5 (summarised) in reply to 2

12 Jun 2020, 23:10
Hi David, I would incorporate your refection of continual learning and the...
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Jacqueline Jones Post 3 (summarised) in reply to 1

9 Jun 2020, 16:29
I have just completed my dissertation as part of my MSc with the OU and had...
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Michael Liedl Post 22 (summarised) in reply to 3

4 Jul 2020, 20:44
I am a strong believer in using LATEX and believe that some support in...
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Silvia Varagnolo Post 30 (summarised) in reply to 3

3 Nov 2020, 21:34
I did the same for my MSc thesis and I used it also for the PhD thesis. I...
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Lucy Gillett Post 4 (summarised) in reply to 1

12 Jun 2020, 22:58 Edited by the author on 12 Jun 2020, 23:05
As I am currently taking my undergraduates I am actively learning in the OU...
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Tamara Lopez Post 6 (summarised) in reply to 1

14 Jun 2020, 11:09
I have engaged in the past two years with a cybersecurity research group that...
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Michael Liedl Post 23 (summarised) in reply to 6

4 Jul 2020, 20:49
I agree that the core computing concepts are the most important aspect for...
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Marcus Young Post 7 (summarised) in reply to 1

14 Jun 2020, 11:57
I don't think I've had any formal training in the last 12 months. All my...
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Jenny Bakkali Post 8 (summarised) in reply to 7

15 Jun 2020, 09:26
Hi Marcus, In tutorials we can create our own material to facilitate learning...
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Ben Pike Post 9 in reply to 1

15 Jun 2020, 15:05

In the past year I haven't been on any specific training, but going back a bit I've been on a number of courses for different industrial software and hardware. What I'd take away from these courses is that there is a big focus on giving students the basics what they need to know and then letting them attempt a task, only stepping in if they get really stuck. Often the mistakes we make when trying something new for the first time teach much more valuable lessons than anything that could be presented in a lecture.

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Richard Collins Post 43 (unread) in reply to 9

16 Aug 2021, 11:45

Hi Ben, based on your reflection I would, in a tutorial, look at what the students may be considering to do when they finish their degree and which areas they may specialise in. I would encourage them to look at sectors that they may not have considered like industrial software development. 

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Adrian Hehir Post 10 (summarised) in reply to 1

15 Jun 2020, 16:40
Here are some of the CPD activities I have done in the last year Line...
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Colin Jenkins Post 18 (summarised) in reply to 10

26 Jun 2020, 16:09
I agree that communication is the key. I have worked on a number of projects...
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Pauline Hewgill Post 11 (summarised) in reply to 1

15 Jun 2020, 19:51
I already knew a bit of java as well as the theory of OOP but I had to teach...
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Colin Jenkins Post 17 (summarised) in reply to 11

26 Jun 2020, 16:06
I have Stack Overflow on speed-dial in my browser as it is such a useful...
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Emmanuel Isibor Post 12 (summarised) in reply to 1

19 Jun 2020, 07:49
I recently read a book titled “Weapons of Math Destruction” by Cathy O’Neil....
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Jenny Bakkali Post 13 (summarised) in reply to 12

19 Jun 2020, 19:18
Hi Emmanuel, Sounds like an interesting book, and may be useful for examples...
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Anna Pietrzak Post 14 in reply to 1

24 Jun 2020, 13:26

Recently have attended training for a software package (MS technology) that is needed in my work.  I have been on two virtual conferences. I have just finished my first year on EdD course.

I like learn and I take any opportunity to improve my skills and knowledge.

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Richard Collins Post 44 (unread) in reply to 14

16 Aug 2021, 11:51

Hi Anna, yes taking courses from other sources is a really important activity for students to consider to help tailor their studies. If I were to take your experience and integrate this into a tutorial I would look at some areas that students may be interested in but is not offered by the OU. What I have seen in my degree is that some students fail to understand that studying at degree level does require independent learning skills, it's not like school where they speak and you listen. And so I would try my best to encourage them to find ways to improve their skills over and above the current module would be providing.

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Iain Toolin Post 15 (summarised) in reply to 1

26 Jun 2020, 15:55 Edited by the author on 26 Jun 2020, 16:19
I have attended a variety of training across software packages and I am...
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Colin Jenkins Post 16 (summarised) in reply to 1

26 Jun 2020, 15:55
i have recently completed an online formal training course for VMware will...
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Iain Toolin Post 19 (summarised) in reply to 1

26 Jun 2020, 17:08
I have undertaken a range of CPD in the past year including: - Cloud...
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Rachael Luck Post 20 (summarised) in reply to 1

4 Jul 2020, 15:41

Activity 8: Section 4 CPD

 CPD takes several different forms, for RIBA CPD is...
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Michael Liedl Post 21 (summarised) in reply to 1

4 Jul 2020, 20:41
Over the last three year, I started and completed my BSC Mathematics with the...
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Toni Walton Post 24 (summarised) in reply to 1

9 Jul 2020, 13:18
The school I work at uses Google Classroom suite which obviously became even...
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Rod Gliven Post 25 (summarised) in reply to 1

13 Jul 2020, 00:34
CPD :  Through-Life continual learning... these activities have included:...
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Graham Smith Post 26 (summarised) in reply to 1

14 Jul 2020, 11:14
Immediately prior to the C19 lockdown I was on a training course related to...
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Quentin McPhee Post 27 (summarised) in reply to 1

7 Aug 2020, 11:24
In the last 12 months and since I have become a freelance consultant and...
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Martin Hillson Post 28 (summarised) in reply to 1

7 Aug 2020, 20:33 Edited by the author on 7 Aug 2020, 20:34
As a professional engineer in a fast moving field it is important to me to be...
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Silvia Varagnolo Post 29 (summarised) in reply to 1

3 Nov 2020, 21:32
In the last year I have done quite a lot of CPD activities but none of them...
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Kevin Frost Post 31 (summarised) in reply to 1

1 Jan 2021, 15:35
eSTeM sounds very exciting, not that long ago I completed a diddertation...
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Sian Armstrong-Hollins Post 32 (summarised) in reply to 1

18 May 2021, 21:41
I haven't done any specific formal CPD courses as such, but I have been...
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Fiona Baxter Post 34 (summarised) in reply to 32

23 Jun 2021, 00:59
It's always a good idea to share learning platforms you've used with students...
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Amanda Williams Post 33 (summarised) in reply to 1

13 Jun 2021, 12:49
I completed a database module as part of my MSc.  I share how the big data is...
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Fiona Baxter Post 35 (summarised) in reply to 33

23 Jun 2021, 01:03
I have also shared learning platforms and courses / resources I've used in my...
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Fiona Baxter Post 36 (summarised) in reply to 1

23 Jun 2021, 01:17
In the last year I've completed Fundamentals of Digital Marketing with Google...
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Elena Sanchez-Heras Post 37 (summarised) in reply to 1

6 Jul 2021, 12:10
I have just completed a Maths module and an Education module at OU. These two...
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John Dunning Post 38 (summarised) in reply to 1

8 Jul 2021, 15:18
I have worked on projects small to enterprise level. I've worked as a...
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Suzie Miller Post 39 (unread) in reply to 1

3 Aug 2021, 17:11

I have to do Azure certifications as part of my role. 

Along side that though I do as much accessibility training as i can such as a course on edx recently on fundamentals by WAI as well as doing a microcredential through OU / Future learn on accessibility and online learning. 

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Ann Holmes Post 40 (unread) in reply to 39

6 Aug 2021, 10:46

I take part in CPD sessions often with the OU. This year I've attended a number of sessions run by the Student Support Team, and I have learned a lot about the policies and procedures around supporting students with disabilities, aspects about fitness to study, and careers advice.


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Robert Stocks Post 41 (unread) in reply to 1

14 Aug 2021, 19:15

CPD recently has included training with AdvanceHE around moderation and calibration of assessment in the sport science area and looking to align other HEI institutes and issues with grade discrepancy's. This was really useful and allowed sharing with other colleagues and support current practices in assessment to reassure they might national standards. additionally internal training events have focused extensively this academic year on remote learning and apps available to support student attainment through Microsoft Teams 

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Richard Collins Post 42 (unread) in reply to 1

16 Aug 2021, 11:39 Edited by the author on 16 Aug 2021, 11:41

As well as studying for my masters in software engineering I have been working on some embedded systems. This is to improve my knowledge of the Yocto project which is used for building custom Linux distros for embedded systems and edge computing devices. I am in the process of starting my own business with which I am to offer bespoke Linux ditros and consultancy work for tech start ups.

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David Flowers Post 45 (unread) in reply to 1

18 Sep 2021, 15:51

Activity 8 Part 4

In terms of CPD:

I've done a number of things.

A) developed internal materials (blocks or units), covering IP networks, computing, cloud, and security related topics such as Deep web, malware, attack vectors and types of attack.

B) I have briefed this out to over 2400 internal Sales and Sales Engineering teams, to advance their own understanding of the IT security landscape.

C) I was involved in the creation of "business" scenarios to enable people to take this learning and translate into customer and technical requirements

D) I re-learned some of the techniques I had been taught in the MBA, regarding innovation and change, strategy and making a difference.

E) The overall team won an award for best "gamified" learning production that year with two companies named Centrical and STR. 

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Bob Moore Post 46 (unread) in reply to 1

18 Sep 2021, 16:18
I am sort of semi-retired - or involuntarily retired as I prefer to express it, but since this sitation has arrived I have been indulging in several MOOC courses - mostly NOT with the OU, particularly on the intersection between philosophy, science and religion, particularly such fun questions as 'what is consciousness' and 'what is free will'

I've also learnt Python, and written a machine learning program from scratch for playing a (very) simple game.
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