•18 May 2020, 20:32•Edited by Nigel Gibson on 19 May 2020, 12:05
Section 4, Activity 8
This 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
•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.
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.