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Training teachers and trainers

November 12th, 2008 by Graham Attwell

Lsy week I helped organise the on-line conference on the training of teachers and trainers. And thanks to hard work from Dirk Stieglitz and cristina Costa the proceedings of the conference are now all on line on the Network of Trainers in Europe website. It is well worth checking out the web site and especially looking at the online exhibition which accompanied the conference.

We have been doing an online surevy to help in the evaluation of the conference and I will post some of the results this weekend.

In the meantime, if you missed the conference here is your second chance to see what happened.

5 November 2008

Theme: The changing role of trainers in learning

Morning sessions (for Elluminate sessions click here) featuring:

  • Professor Alan Brown, Institute for Employment Research, University of Warwick
    • Employees supporting the learning, training and development of other employees while working in groups: examples drawn from aerospace, health and accountancy (mp3, ppt, paper)
  • George Roberts, Oxford Brooks University, UK
    • Education, training and employment (mp3, ppt)
  • Barry Nyhan, Ireland
    • Lifelong learning and the role of trainers (mp3, ppt, paper)
  • Lorna Unwin, Professor Alan Felstead and Nick Jewson, Professor Alison Fuller
    • Can anyone be a trainer?: towards a more embedded role for vocational trainers (ppt)

Theme: Support for the professional development of trainers

Afternoon sessions (for Elluminate sessions click here) featuring:

  • Seija Mahlamäki-Kultanen and Anita Eskola-Kronqvist, HAMK, Finland
    • New Innovations into trainers’ training: Documenting and analyzing work processes with digital photos (mp3, ppt)
  • Prof. Eduardo Figueira, University of Évora Portugal

    • Developing competence for trainers in Portugal (mp3, ppt)
  • Simone Kirpal, University f Bremen, Germany
    • The Eurotrainer network survey (mp3, ppt)
  • Eileen Luebcke, Pontydysgu, Germany

    • A framework for continuing professional development of trainers (mp3, ppt)
  • Summary of the first day By Graham Attwell (mp3)

6 November 2008

Theme: E-learning for trainers

Morning sessions (for Elluminate sessions click here) featuring:

  • Cristina Costa, University of Salford / Pontydysgu, UK
    • Using social software tools for supporting the online training of trainers (mp3, ppt)
  • Doris Beer, Lohberger Unternehmerinnenzentrum e.V., Germany

    • e-learning for medical healthcare assisstants in Germany (mp3, ppt)
  • John Pallister, Wolsingham School, UK
    • The ePortfolio process, supporting the Trainer and Training (mp3, ppt)
  • Vance Stevens, Petroleum Institute, Abu Dhabi
    • Teacher professional development in groups, communities, and networks (mp3, ppt)

Afternoon sessions (for Elluminate sessions click here) featuring:

  • Carla Arena & Mary Hillis, USA and Japan
    • Professional Development in Online Circles of Learning (mp3, ppt, wiki)
  • Anne Fox, CV2, Denmark
    • VITAE – introducing 21st century skills through mentoring (mp3, ppt)
  • Regina Lamscheck Nielsen, DEL, Denmark

    • TrainerGuide – made in Denmark (mp3, ppt)
  • Linda Castañeda, University of Murcia, Spain

    • On-line Collaboration to teach and learn with each other (mp3, ppt, wiki)


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