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Academic Staff Continuing Professional Development
(CPD) Opportunities January 2007


A commitment to Life Long Learning is embedded in the collective values and practice of the School
of Education. The response to this learning is evident in our adoption of an evidence-based, reflective
and analytical approach to developing our practice, the practice of our students and the environment(s)
in which we work.

The School Executive is committed to supporting the learning and professional development of staff
through the provision of a varied menu of relevant CPD opportunities. This is reflected in the School
Strategic Plan which states that a menu of CPD opportunities for staff in relation to individual needs,
major research and developments and strategic objectives will be developed.

The provision of CPD is closely linked to the appraisal process. As well as providing an opportunity to
review and set outcomes and targets, appraisal identifies training and development needs and provides
an opportunity to discuss future career aspirations. When the appraisal process for 2006-2007 is
complete, common CPD themes and needs will be identified and action taken to ensure that they are all
encompassed by the CPD programme.

The aims and purpose of academic staff undertaking CPD are:

                 To support and facilitate the achievement of School, CASS and University Strategic
                  Goals as set out in the School Development Plan.
                 To support and facilitate the learning and the professional development of individuals
                  and staff groups/networks.
                 To enhance the professional profiles of staff, leading to increased opportunity for
                  individuals, including facilitating career aspirations.
                 To develop activity and capacity across the School, leading to enhanced status at
                  local, national and international levels.

Achieving the aims and purpose requires resource. Funds have therefore, been ringed fenced within
the staffing budget to support academic staff undertaking CPD which:
              i)        meets individual needs and goals and is relevant to the school’s strategic aims
              ii)       is achievable within the available resources.

The proposals contained within this discussion paper are ‘1 st draft’. Further details of the process and
procedure to gain support for CPD will be finalised after feedback and discussion.

The key themes into which the CPD opportunities are categorised are:

    Theme A: Learning and Teaching
    Theme B: Building Leadership Capacity
    Theme C: Coaching and Mentoring
    Theme D: Developing ICT Capacity
    Theme E: Developing Research Capacity
    Theme F: Post graduate study opportunities for academic staff.




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Theme A: Learning and Teaching

The development and enhancement of approaches to learning and teaching within
undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and courses and within the delivery of
CPD for professionals is of the highest priority to the School. This is evident in our
striving to deliver a learning experience of the highest quality to all students and other
clients, through research and development projects of national importance and
through the re-design, accreditation and marketing of existing programmes and
courses. Each of these elements is dependent upon the provision of quality CPD.
Undertaking this CPD will necessarily involve academic staff networking and
frequently participating in events external to the School as well as ‘in-house’. Staff
should self-book University of Aberdeen courses online, informing Jennifer Boyd
(jennifer.boyd@abdn.ac.uk) that they have done so. Jennifer will deal with
payments/invoices. Staff who wish to attend external Learning and Teaching CPD
events should discuss this prior to booking with the Strategic Coordinator
(Staffing/School Development) d.c.mcmurtry@abdn.ac.uk, tel. 4623.

The Centre for Learning & Teaching provides advice and support on all aspects of
learning, teaching and assessment. It brings together three former units: the Academic
Learning & Study Unit (providing strategies for student learning), the Educational &
Staff Development Unit (providing professional development for staff who support
learning and teaching), and the Learning Technology Unit (providing support for
technology-enhanced learning and teaching).

To book, telephone (27)3030 or send an e-mail to clt@abdn.ac.uk, or book online at
www.abdn.ac.uk/clt/workshops.php

Relevant Priorities from the School Strategic Plan

To review approaches to learning and teaching and assessment within existing
programmes to ensure that the nature, structure and content of programmes facilitates
the development of autonomous, independent learners, within the context of
communities for learners.

To embed the principles and philosophies underpinning Scottish Teachers for a New
Era (STNE) initially within the B Ed programme and to ensure learning from this
initiative impacts on all other programmes offered within the School.

To introduce the developments related to the Inclusive Practice research and
development project (aimed at embedding inclusive approaches within programmes
of initial teacher education) initially within the PGDE(S) and PGDE(P) programmes.

To revise the nature and structure of postgraduate taught provision to ensure that the
portfolio of programmes/courses offered:

To develop a professional doctorate programme in collaboration with colleagues in
CASS. To develop and implement a strategy for extending and enhancing Gaelic
Medium Education through a range of differentiated postgraduate courses.




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Theme A: Learning and Teaching

Opportunities LT 1-10 were held in semester 1 or earlier in January 2007.
See http://www.abdn.ac.uk/lifelonglearning/ or contact D McMurtry if you did not
participate and this is of interest/required.

CPD Opportunity: Workshop on Learning Styles
LT 1 Steve Brindle, CLT
This workshop will introduce you to some of the different learning styles you may find amongst your
students, and examines the ways in which different teaching strategies may be used to engage these
learning styles. Restricted to 8 participants.

CPD Opportunity: Workshop on Small Group Teaching
LT 2 Darren Comber, CLT
This workshop examines the purpose of small-group teaching, encouraging group-work, facilitating
class discussions and working with diverse learning styles. Restricted to 8 participants.

CPD Opportunity: Workshop on Presenting in Lectures 1 & 2
LT 3 Darren Comber, CLT
These paired workshops will help members of staff to improve their presentation skills through a
combination of advice and practice, with a focus on presentations in lectures. The workshops depend
strongly on participant feedback and video playback, hence numbers are limited within the sessions to
give each participant the opportunity to make a short presentation and to benefit from the observations
of colleagues. Restricted to 8 participants.

CPD Opportunity: Seminar on Supporting Students with Dyslexia
LT 4 Gary Hilton, CLT
This seminar aims to raise awareness of dyslexia, as well as similar learning difficulties such as
dysgraphia, dyspraxia. Strategies and practical techniques for supporting students with these learning
difficulties will be outlined and discussed. The support services available will also be highlighted.

CPD Opportunity: Applying for Fellow Status of the Higher Education Academy
LT 5 Darren Comber, CLT
A short, factual presentation on the Higher Education Academy (formerly the Institute for Learning &
Teaching in HE) and its functions, followed by an opportunity to begin structuring your own
application with the help of a Registered Fellow.

CPD Opportunity: Using Information Search Tools
LT 6 MetaLib & Web Searching for Research and Teaching
https://www.abdn.ac.uk/coursebooking/system/book.php

CPD Opportunity: Using Information Search Tools
LT 7 Scopus & WoK for Research and Teaching
https://www.abdn.ac.uk/coursebooking/system/book.php

CPD Opportunity: Using Information Search Tools
LT 8 Catalogue & E-books for Research and Teaching
https://www.abdn.ac.uk/coursebooking/system/book.php

CPD Opportunity: Creating Bibliographies
LT 9/10 RefWorks (Getting Started) for Research and Teaching
https://www.abdn.ac.uk/coursebooking/system/book.php

RefWorks (Going Further) for Research and Teaching
(https://www.abdn.ac.uk/coursebooking/system/book.php




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Theme A: Learning and Teaching

CPD Opportunity: Range of CPD for learning and teaching.
 Code Information                                                          Date(s)
-     An extensive range of CPD for learning and teaching is               -
      included in the National Register of CPD Providers

        For more information go to:
        http://www.cpdregister.org.uk/

        Participation in events and courses will be supported, within
        resources constraints, if the CPD is likely to make a
        significant contribution to meeting our strategic aims and
        meet the CPD needs of individuals. Attendance will lead to
        the development of learning/teaching on courses, and/or the
        development of CPD for clients and/or research.

Theme B: Building Leadership Capacity

Building to leadership capacity is a key theme in the development of the School. It is
essential that all members of staff are supported in maximising the individual and
collective benefits of change and in contributing to the strategic and creative thinking
that is essential to the development of the School and its activities. The provision of
CPD in leadership and management is critical to this aim.

Relevant Priorities from the School Strategic Plan

To develop a portfolio of leadership education opportunities reflecting the broad
themes within the School’s postgraduate framework in collaboration with colleagues
in the Business School and external partners.

To run an effective and efficient School of Education reflecting the principles and
practices of a learning organisation.

To develop staff recruitment and professional development strategies in line with
University policies to ensure that the School attracts high quality staff and develops
the capabilities of staff to meet future School needs




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Theme B: Building Leadership Capacity

CPD Opportunity Developing strategic leadership skills
 Code Information                                      Date(s)
LC 1   Capacity Building activities at the Leadership        -
       Foundation for Higher Education.

         The Leadership Foundation in Scotland, based in Edinburgh,
         offers a range of events, forums, support and publications
         concerning succession planning, organisational development,
         governance, coaching and mentoring and HE/FE development,
         amongst others. More information is available at
         http://www.lfhe.ac.uk/

         Contact: David McMurtry. Email: d.c.mcmurtry@abdn.ac.uk
         Tel:4623.

CPD Opportunity Developing strategic leadership skills
 Code Information                                                   Date(s)
LC 2   The Impact Factory runs a series of public courses covering:       -
       assertiveness     skills,   coaching      and     mentoring
       ·communication skills leadership development ·managing
       change · media skills · performance management and
       appraisals and project management.

         More information is available at http://www.impactfactory.com/

         Contact: David McMurtry. Email: d.c.mcmurtry@abdn.ac.uk
         Tel:4623.

CPD Opportunity Award Bearing Leadership Programmes and Courses
  Code     Information                                          Date(s)
PGS 7-10   See information below under Theme F: Post graduate         -
           study opportunities for academic staff (pages 23/24)




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Theme C: Coaching and Mentoring

Currently coaching and/or mentoring is available to all staff on probationary
contracts. In 2006-2007 this provision will be extended on a voluntary basis to all
academic staff through the provision of one-to-one coaching or mentoring, non-award
bearing and award bearing CPD. This work will have a direct impact upon School
practice, initiatives and developments, and the development of knowledge, skills and
expertise


Relevant Priorities from the School Strategic Plan

Objective 1: Undergraduate.

To build on evidence from the STNE and Inclusive Practice projects and other
national initiatives to develop postgraduate mentoring and coaching courses to
enhance the quality of support offered to student/probationer teachers and
practitioners/professionals at other stages in their career.

Objective 2: Postgraduate.

To review existing practice within the School and develop an integrated staff
appraisal and professional development strategy in accordance with University Policy
and Guidance to ensure that all staff have the necessary knowledge, skills and
expertise to enable them achieve their personal career aspirations as well as achieve
School priorities.

To further develop standard procedures for the induction of new staff in accordance
with University policy and guidance

To use the key components of the Investors in People Standard (IIP) as a basis for
supporting the development and enhancement of practice within the School with a
view to achieving the Standard.




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Theme C: Coaching and Mentoring

CPD Opportunity: Individualised Coaching Opportunities to Support Leadership
Development
Code Information                                                      Date(s)
CM 1 Performance Management Leadership Course.                              -
       Individuals have been selected through the appraisal process
       to attend this course. Details to follow. Anyone who wishes to
       participate should see David McMurtry.

        Email: d.c.mcmurtry@abdn.ac.uk tel: 4623


CPD Opportunity: Peer Mentoring
Code Information                                                    Date(s)
CM 2 Every individual who indicated thorough the appraisal                -
      process that they wished to, voluntarily, have a mentor is in
      the process of being introduced to a mentor and beginning to
      work with him/her. Any member of staff who does not have a
      mentor and wishes one (or any member of staff who is not a
      mentor but would like to be one), please contact David
      McMurtry.

        Email: d.c.mcmurtry@abdn.ac.uk tel: 4623


CPD Opportunity: Mentoring course – all staff
Code Information                                              Date(s)
CM 3 In-house Masters Level Mentoring Course is referenced in       -
      this document as CPD opportunity PGS 8, page 23.




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Theme C: Coaching and Mentoring

CPD Opportunity: Action learning sets – related to specific groups/teams/projects
     Code         Information                                         Date(s)
CM 4              An action learning set is a group of usually 4 - 7        -
                   people who get together (on a regular basis) to
                   discuss issues of personal or mutual importance. The
                   set may meet for as long as is useful; a period of 3-6
                   months is the norm. An action learning set is designed
                   to deal with the specific needs of the set members and
                   require agreed action by the end of each meeting. Sets
                   may, or may not, be facilitated, or may start with a
                   facilitator and later become self-facilitating.

                   Action learning set themes relevant to the School
                   strategic plan include:

                        Improving communications within the School
                        Supporting staff on probationary contracts
                        Developing a support network for promotion
                        Developing a new research theme or project
                        Implementing ‘Investors for People’

                   Between February - June 2007, a series of meetings
                   will be called by a facilitator to get short life, themed
                   action learning sets established. Starter papers will
                   be circulated to all.

                   Contact: David McMurtry. Email:
                   d.c.mcmurtry@abdn.ac.uk Tel:4623.


CPD Opportunity: Mentoring and Coaching – pilot scheme (linked to promotion)
     Code         Information                                     Date(s)
CM 5              The School will offer individual coaching and         -
                  mentoring opportunities for any member of staff
                  interested in receiving support and guidance in
                  meeting professional targets and in working
                  towards the realisation of career aspirations.

                   This information and guidance may be covered
                   by CM 2 above. If not, then please see David
                   McMurtry.

                   Email: d.c.mcmurtry@abdn.ac.uk tel: 4623




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Theme D: Developing ICT Capacity

Professional development in the use of ICT is critical to both the development of
individual skills and capacities, learning and teaching and research. The University of
Aberdeen, through the recently established Centre for Learning and Teaching
(http://www.abdn.ac.uk/clt/), offers an extensive suite of development and training
courses and opportunities. Staff should self-book these courses, online, informing
Jennifer Boyd (jennifer.boyd@abdn.ac.uk) that they have done so. Jennifer will deal
with payments/invoices. Staff who wish to attend external ICT CPD should discuss
this prior to booking with the Strategic Coordinator (Staffing/School Development)
d.c.mcmurtry@abdn.ac.uk, tel. 4623. To book, telephone (27)3030 or send an e-mail
to clt@abdn.ac.uk, or book online at www.abdn.ac.uk/clt/workshops.php


Relevant Priorities from the School Strategic Plan

To further develop and implement the School ICT strategy to support and develop the
use of ICT to enhance learning and teaching and to inform the curriculum.

To further develop and implement the School ICT strategy to support and enhance on-
line learning CPD provision/opportunities.




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Theme D: Developing ICT Capacity

Opportunities ICT 1-7 and ICT 10-16 were held in semester 1 or earlier in January
2007. See http://www.abdn.ac.uk/lifelonglearning/ or contact D McMurtry if you did
not participate and this is of interest/required.

CPD Opportunity: Workshop: WebCT CE6 (existing users)

ICT 1 Joan Fisher & Sara Preston, CLT
After a brief introduction and demonstration, you will be able to work on the development of your own
course WebCT site.

CPD Opportunity: Workshop: WebCT CE6 (new users)
ICT 2 WebCT CE6 (new users)
Joan Fisher & Sara Preston, CLT
WebCT is the VLE (Virtual Learning Environment) used for putting course materials and resources
online and gives access to a range of tools such as discussion, chat, quiz and calendar. After a brief
introduction, you will work on designing your own course WebCT site.

CPD Opportunity: Workshop: Using the WebCT Discussion Tool for Communication
ICT 3 Joan Fisher, CLT
Find out how to effectively use the discussion tool in your course for general communications to
students and/or for designing online learning activities.

CPD Opportunity: Workshop: Using the BBA Tool in Questionmark Perception for creating
online tests
ICT 4 Joan Fisher & Sara Preston, CLT
Find out how to quickly build online tests using the browser-based authoring (BBA) tool in
Questionmark Perception and to integrate them within your course WebCT site.

CPD Opportunity: Workshop: Using the WBA Tool in Questionmark Perception for creating
sophisticated online tests
ICT 5 Joan Fisher & Sara Preston, CLT
Find out how to build sophisticated online tests using the Windows-based authoring (WBA) tool in
Questionmark Perception. With 20 different question types available, including drag and drop, there is
practically no limit to the type of questions you can ask.

CPD Opportunity: Workshop: The WebCT Assessment Tool
ICT 6 Joan Fisher, CLT
Find out how to use WebCT’s assessment tool to build online tests for self-assessments, skills audits,
revision and pre-tutorial investigations.

CPD Opportunity: Workshop: Using the Personal Response System (PRS) in Lectures
ICT 7 Phil Marston & Sara Preston, CLT
These hands-on sessions will give you the opportunity to develop questions in PowerPoint for use with
the University’s audience participation system, PRS. You will run the system as you would in a lecture,
enabling you to familiarise yourself with the InterWrite PRS software and the handsets.




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Theme D: Developing ICT Capacity

Opportunities ICT 1-7 and ICT 10-16 were held in semester 1 or earlier in January
2007. See http://www.abdn.ac.uk/lifelonglearning/ or contact D McMurtry if you did
not participate and this is of interest/required.


CPD Opportunity: Workshop: Deterring and Detecting Plagiarism using TurnitinUK

ICT 10 Patricia Spence, CLT
Find out how to deter and detect plagiarism using the University’s plagiarism detection software
TurnitinUK.


CPD Opportunity: Workshop: Online Peer Assessment using TurnitinUK: Challenges and
Opportunities
ICT 11 Colin Calder, CLT
Find out about the benefits, the challenges and the features in TurnitinUK that support this innovative
form of assessment.

CPD Opportunity: Workshop: Accessibility of Online Materials
ICT 12 Peter Jeffels, CLT & Zoë Shaw, TaD
Find out what support is available to students and how to address online accessibility and usability.

CPD Opportunity: Workshop: Wikis and Blogs
ICT 13 Colin Calder, Joan Fisher & Sara Preston, CLT
Find out about Wikis and Blogs and the tools and support available to you.

CPD Opportunity: Workshop: Sourcing and Re-using Online Content
ICT 14 Colin Calder, CLT
Find out how to source and reuse online content in digital repositories and IntraLibrary, the
University’s learning object repository.

CPD Opportunity: Workshop: Preparing Digital Images
ICT 15 Christine Mackenzie, TaD, Phil Marston & Colin Calder, CLT
Topics covered will include: image file formats, resizing, enhancing, cropping, compressing,
optimising and saving images.

CPD Opportunity: Workshop: Using Podcasts and Vodcasts in your Teaching
ICT 16 Phil Marston, CLT
Podcasts and vodcasts – how to create them and how to use them to enrich your courses.




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Theme D: Developing ICT Capacity

CPD Opportunity: Workshop: Using the ACTIV Electronic Whiteboards in your
Teaching
Code Information                           Date(s)
ICT Phil McConville, TaD, & Sara           Wed 11 April, 3.00-4pm
8     Preston, CLT
      These hands-on sessions will focus   See
      on using electronic whiteboards to   http://www.abdn.ac.uk/diss/tad/courses/
      enhance interactivity in tutorials.
      The electronic whiteboards
      (ActivBoards) are located in 15
      bookable teaching rooms in the
      MacRobert building. In these
      sessions you will find out how to
      use the Studio2 software to create
      simple interactive flipchart
      presentations, annotate over
      applications such as PowerPoint,
      and develop your resource library of
      teaching materials.

CPD Opportunity: Workshop: Using the ACTIV Electronic Lectern Panels in
your Teaching
Code Information                            Date(s)
ICT Phil McConville, TaD, & Sara            Fri 30 March, 11.00-12am
9     Preston, CLT                          See
      These hands-on sessions will focus    http://www.abdn.ac.uk/diss/tad/courses/
      on using electronic lectern panels to
      enhance interactivity in lectures.
      The lectern panels (ActivPanels) are
      located in a number of the larger
      lecture theatres on the campus. In
      these sessions you will find out how
      to annotate over PowerPoint
      presentations (and other
      applications) and save your work
      for subsequent distribution to
      students.

CPD Opportunity: Workshop: PowerPoint Presentations
 Code   Information                         Date(s)
ICT     Introduction to PowerPoint          Mon 19 Feb, 1.30-4.30pm
17/18                                       Mon 9 Apr, 9.15-12.15pm
                                            Tues 13 Mar, 1.30-4.30pm
        Further PowerPoint                  Wed 25 Apr, 9.15-12.15pm
                                            Mon 14 May, 1.30-4.30pm

                                            See
                                            http://www.abdn.ac.uk/diss/tad/courses/


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Theme D: Developing ICT Capacity

CPD Opportunity: Workshop: Word Processing
   Code    Information                  Date(s)
ICT        Part 1: Introduction to Word Wed 7 Feb, 1.30-4.30
19/20/21
                                        Wed 28 Mar, 9.15-12.15pm


            Part 2: Enhancing Basic     Mon 19 Feb, 9.15-12.15pm
            Documents
                                        Mon 16 Apr, 13.30-4.30pm

            Further Word
                                        Fri 2 Mar, 9.15-12.15pm

                                        Wed 2 May, 9.15-12.15pm

                                        Tues 5 Jun, 9.15-12.15pm

                                        See
                                        http://www.abdn.ac.uk/diss/tad/courses/

CPD Opportunity: Workshops on Web Authoring.:
   Code     Information               Date(s)
ICT         Web Authoring I:          Tues13 Feb, 9.15-11.45am
22/23/24    Introduction to XHTML and Tues 6 Mar, 2.00-4.30pm Wed 25 Apr,
            Dreamweaver 8             2.00-4.30pm

                                        Mon 26 Feb, 2.00-4.30pm
                                        Wed 21 Mar, 9.15-11.45am Thurs10
            Web Authoring II: Further   May, 2.00-4.30pm
            Dreamweaver 8


                                        Mon 12 Mar, 9.15-11.45pm
            Web Authoring III:          Thurs 12 Apr, 2.00-4.30pm Tues 22
            Advanced Dreamweaver 8      May, 2.00-4.30pm

                                        See
                                        http://www.abdn.ac.uk/diss/tad/courses/




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Theme D: Developing ICT Capacity

CPD Opportunity: Workshop: Web Editing
 Code Information                                     Date(s)
ICT 25 Web Editing: Introduction to Contribute 3      Thurs 15 Feb, 10.00-12pm

                                                      Thurs 15 Mar, 2.00-4pm

                                                      Thurs 5 Apr, 2.00-4pm

                                                      Tues 15 May, 10.00-
                                                      12.00pm

CPD Opportunity: Workshops on E-mail and Calendaring
Code Information                          Date(s)
ICT This 2-hour course is an              Tuesday 13 Feb; Wed 21 Feb;
26   introduction to MS Outlook,          Wed 28 Feb; Tues 6 March;
     focusing on the basic use of e-mail  Wed 14 March; Wed 21 March
     and calendaring. Following a short   Mon 26 March; Mon 2 April
     introduction and overview from a     Fri 13 April; Mon 16 April
     trainer, you will work through a     Tues 24 April; Thurs 3 May
     self-paced training book.            Mon 7 May; Tues 15 May
                                          Wed 23 May; Tues 29 May
                                          Wed 6 June; Thurs 28 June
     Tutors will be on hand to assist and
     answer any queries that you have     See
     about e-mail and calendar use        http://www.abdn.ac.uk/diss/tad/courses/
     within Outlook.




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Theme E: Developing Research Capacity.

The programme of research CPD opportunities aims to assist the School of Education
staff research community to develop generic research skills and to

   i)      Meet the current research needs of each individual to ensure developing
           competence levels across the generic research skills
   ii)     Achieve the research priorities of the School of Education (SRP) in
           relation to
           - the School submission to the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise
               (SRP 1)
           - planned implementation processes and outcomes of the School’s major
               funded Research Projects: Scottish Teachers for a New Era (STNE)
               (SRP 2) and the Inclusive Practice Project (IPP) (SRP 3)
           - our contribution to the Applied Educational Research Scheme (AERS)
               national research reform project (SRP 4).

The Programme is designed to meet the needs of all individuals within the School. It
aims to provide access for all to a range of suitable learning opportunities in the
research skills needed for research based learning and teaching and for academic
career development. It offers a range of full-day, part-day, twilight, weekend and on-
line access opportunities. The Research Co-ordinator and Staff and School
Development Co-ordinator will continually seek to offer additional research-related
courses, workshops, seminars, conferences and other events. Additional Professional
Development for Research events might include, for example, workshop sessions
provided by colleagues from R&I and other central services, seminars by relevant
international speakers organised by other Schools within the College of Arts and
Social Science (CASS) or the wider University.

Relevant Priorities from the School Strategic Plan

To further develop and implement the RAE approach to the Education unit of
Assessment and the Music unit of Assessment in collaboration with colleagues from
CASS, specifically:

To develop a research and development strategy for the school which builds on
identified themes from major school development such as STNE, Inclusive Practice
and leadership and encourages the engagement of all staff, specifically:

To develop links with colleagues in CASS to enhance theoretical, methodological and
research based understandings of professional and inter-professional learning and
development in the broader context of society,




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Theme E: Developing Research Capacity.

Courses DRC 1, 2, 3 and 4 could be referenced as part of an APEL/SPFL claim on
the MSc (Research) which will run in the School from October 2007. They would then
result in formal learning credit.

CPD Opportunity:
Award bearing, post graduate study opportunities (MEd, MSc, MPhil, PHd).
     Code         Information                                    Date(s)
PGS 1-PGS 6       See Theme F: Post graduate study opportunities
                  for academic staff below.                            -


CPD Opportunity: Short non-award bearing courses for research offered within
the School of Education.
    Code     Information                                         Date(s)
DRC 1        Introduction to research methods: bridging teaching First meeting
             to research                                         Monday 29th
(DRC 1-3                                                         Jan. Schedule
             A six week introductory level course                of meetings to
are
sequential
             Course Leader: Jenny Spratt                         be arranged
and designed Email: j.spratt@abdn.ac.uk          tel: 2734       thereafter.
to form a set
of linked
experiences.)

DRC 2           Writing workshops for academic publication.                   Ist meeting on
                A six week introductory level course spread over 12           Tuesday     30
                                                                              January,
                weeks                                                         although it is
                Course Leaders: Laura Colucci-Gray, Dr Kate Philip,           planned that
                Jenny Spratt                                                  meetings will
                Email: l.t.gray@abdn.ac.uk        tel: 4519                   normally be
                                                                              on           a
                                                                              Wednesday
                                                                              12:00-14:00
                                                                              last week of
                                                                              the    month.
                                                                              Course will be
                                                                              complete by
                                                                              27th April
DRC 3           Bids writing workshops for SEED sponsored research            Friday     18th
                (small grants) scheme                                         May
                                                                              14:00-15:00
                An introductory level course
                Course Leader: Fran Payne                                     Friday    25th
                Email f.m.payne@abdn.ac.uk     tel: 4659                      May
                                                                              14:00-15:00
                These two sessions will be followed by support given by
                Fran to research groups/clusters in completing bids.
                Support will also be available at any time to support teams
                who are responding to calls for bids throughout the year.




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Theme E: Developing Research Capacity.

CPD Opportunity: Short non-award bearing courses for research offered within
the School of Education (continued).
DRC 4 Literature review workshops                                 -

        Within the School and in the context of the STNE project,
        four groups dealing with different aspects of literature
        review have evolved:
             The process of the development of a literature review
             Personal Aspects of ITE
             Social Aspects of ITE
             Professional Aspects of ITE

        The nature of the groups is that they are learning together in
        order to build a literature review on these aspects of Initial
        Teacher Education. This experience is in essence, an
        introduction to conducting a literature review. All members
        of staff are welcome to join any of the groups in order to
        take the process forward.
        Course Leader: Dr Carole Thomson
        Email: c.j.Thomson@abdn.ac.uk tel: 4621

DRC 5   SpinVig workshops                                                Start date:
        An introductory level workshop series                            negotiable
        Course Leader: Dr Carole Thomson                                 Please contact
        Email: c.j.Thomson@abdn.ac.uk tel: 4621                          Carole
                                                                         Thomson
DRC 6   RefWorks for Education Researchers                               Date tbc
        An introductory session
                                                                         Please contact
        Course Leader: Claire Molloy                                     Claire Molloy
        Email: c.a.l.molloy@abdn.ac.uk tel: 4813
DRC 7   E-resources for education researchers                            Date tbc
        An introduction to literature sourcing, specific databases and
                                                                         Please contact
        accessing off-campus.                                            Claire Molloy
        Course Leader: Claire Molloy
        Email: c.a.l.molloy@abdn.ac.uk tel: 4813
DRC 8   Bids writing for Research Council, British Academy and           Start date tbc:
        other larger schemes                                             Please contact
                                                                         Philip Woods
        A six week course for School staff who are very experienced
        in research
        Course Leader: Professor Philip Woods
        Email: Philip.woods@abdn.ac.uk tel: 4512
DRC 9   An Introduction to Using Atlas Ti Qualitative Data               Dates to be
        Analysis Software.                                               negotiated in
                                                                         February and
        A series of informal workshops.                                  March. Will
        Course Leader: Dr Charlene Bredder.                              NOT be Wed
        Email c.bredder@abdn.ac.uk tel: 4549                             am or Fri pm.




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Theme E: Developing Research Capacity.

Opportunities DRC 10-16 were held in semester 1 or earlier in January 2007. See
http://www.abdn.ac.uk/lifelonglearning/ or contact D McMurtry if you did not
participate and this is of interest/required.


DRC 10 Literature searching: essential skills for success
Literature searching: essential skills for success

DRC 11 Project management: managing your research project, Part 1

DRC 12 Project management: managing your research project, Part 2

DRC 13 Stress management for Research Degrees students

DRC 14 Creating conference posters using PowerPoint

DRC 15 Maximising your impact at research conferences

DRC 16 Strategies for academic research success



DRC 17       Presentation skills, Part 1                Wed 17th Jan, 13.45 -16.30.
             A two and a half hour
             workshop:                                  Mon 5th Feb, 13.45-16.30.
             Contact: Dr Sharon Gordon
             Email: s.gordon@abdn.ac.uk
             tel: 4580
DRC 18       Using PowerPoint for research              Fri 19th Jan 10.00-12.00
             presentations
             A two hour workshop:                       Fri 9th Feb 10.00-12.00.
             Contact: Dr Sharon Gordon
             Email: s.gordon@abdn.ac.uk
             tel: 4580
DRC 19       Presentation skills, Part 2                Tues 23rd Jan 13.45-16.30
             A two and a half hour
             workshop:                                  Thurs 15th Feb 13.45-16.30.
             Contact: Dr Sharon Gordon
             Email: s.gordon@abdn.ac.uk
             tel: 4580




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Theme E: Developing Research Capacity.

CPD Opportunity: Non-award bearing post-doctoral training, offered within the
School of Education.
Code       Information                                           Date(s)
DRC 20     Research Degrees Programme Supervisors’ Training      Dates and
           Half-day training sessions for all MPhil and PhD      programmes
           supervisors.                                          to be
           Contact: Dr Douglas Hay                               circulated by
           Email: d.w.hay@abdn.ac.uk tel: 4703                   Dr Douglas
                                                                 Hay.

CPD Opportunity: External non-award bearing post-doctoral training
Code      Information                                             Date(s)
DRC 21    Missenden Management Centre courses in PhD Thesis tbc
          Supervision, PhD Thesis Examination, Institutional
          RAE Submission
          Open to doctoral supervisors and very experienced
          researchers
          Contacts: Dr Joan Forbes and Dr Douglas Hay
          Email: j.c.forbes@abdn.ac.uk tel: 4512
          Email: d.w.hay@abdn.ac.uk tel: 4703

School of Education Research Seminars Series
One hour seminars on research topics: normally on Wednesdays at 4.00 in MR028
(alternating with STNE Research Seminars and information sessions, see listing
below)
Contact: Cate Watson
Email: ca.j.watson@abdn.ac.uk tel:4873

School of Education STNE Research Seminars and Information Sessions
One hour seminars or information sessions on STNE-related research topics: normally
on Wednesdays at 4.00 in MR028 (alternating with School Research Seminars, see
listing above)
Contact: Dr Donald Gray
Email d.s.gray@abdn.ac.uk tel:4693

School of Education Research and Development Days

Half or whole day meetings for all academics in the School of Education and invited
guests to review, share, plan and evaluate all aspects of the work of the School - the
research, the development of learning and teaching and the design and delivery of
CPD.

Research and Development Days in 2006-2007: 18/12/2006 and 06/06/2007.




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Theme E: Developing Research Capacity.

Seminars in other CASS Schools, Centres, Institutes and academic disciplines
relevant to Education
Contact: Anne Shipley
Email: a.shipley@abdn.ac.uk tel:4531

Membership of the Applied Educational Research Scheme (AERS) Networks

AERS is a Scotland-wide national research reform programme funded by SEED and
SHEFC. The scheme aims to enhance educational research capability in Scottish HE
institutions, and to use that capability to conduct high-quality research which will
benefit education in Scotland. The programme includes as partners and beneficiaries
all Scottish HE institutions with a research interest in education and collaborates with
practitioners and policy-makers throughout Scotland.

The AERS programme is organised in three thematic networks and you can become
involved in the networks at different levels:

Corresponding level members of a network will be kept informed of developments,
publications and events. Corresponding level membership of AERS networks is open
to all staff.

Active level members may become involved and take a more active role in some
aspects of a network. Active level membership of AERS networks is open to all staff.

Core level members will develop a close involvement in network projects. AERS
participation at this level will require School authorisation.

Contacts: Dr Joan Forbes or David McMurtry
Email: j.c.forbes@abdn.ac.uk        tel: 4512
Email: d.m.mcmurtry@abdn.ac.uk tel: 4623

Learners, Learning and Teaching Network
Contact: Alastair Wilson (al.wilson@aers.ac.uk)

School Management and Governance Network
Contact: Joan Stead (joan.stead@aers.ac.uk) and/or Jane Brown
(jane.brown@aers.ac.uk)

Schools and Social Capital Network
Contact: Dr Ralph Catts
Email: Ralph.catts@stir.ac.uk tel: 01786 466273




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Theme F: Post graduate study opportunities for academic staff

For many academics in the School of Education, undertaking formal study at Post
Graduate level (Masters, MPhil, EdD, PhD) is most appropriate to their learning
goals, professional development and career aspirations. Consequently, staff are
supported financially in undertaking such learning which is offered within the School,
CASS or University of Aberdeen, or offered by other HEIs, dependent upon resource
availability. Staff undertaking formal study are also supported, by being able to use
time to undertake study as part of their research work, when appropriate.

Academic staff who wish to undertake formal, supported study should contact the
relevant Programme Director or Course Leader (see below) and the Strategic
Coordinator (Staffing/School Development) d.c.mcmurtry@abdn.ac.uk, tel. 4623.




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Theme F: Post graduate study opportunities for academic staff

CPD Opportunity: The MEd Degree Programme offered within the School of
Education. Can be undertaken on a module-by-module basis.
Code               Information                                 Date(s)
PGS 1              Understanding and Using Research            Oct 2006
(Introduction to   (M Level course within the Advanced         and Feb
Research and       Professional Studies Programme)             2007
Research           Prog Director: Norman Coutts
Methods)           Email: n.coutts@abdn.ac.uk       tel: 4584

PGS 2              Understanding and Using Research                 On line course
(Introduction to   (M Level course within Inclusive Practice        Jan 2007.
                                                                    Saturday course
Research and       Programme)                                       from end of Jan
Research           Course Leader: Cate Watson.                      2007
Methods)           Email: ca.j.Watson@abdn.ac.uk      tel: 4873
PGS 3              Further Modules from within the MEd              As arranged
                   (Advanced Professional Studies) Programme        with course
                   Programme Director: Norman Coutts                leader.
                   Email: n.coutts@abdn.ac.uk tel: 4584
                   For more information see:
                   http://www.abdn.ac.uk/
                   education/programmes/med.shtml

CPD Opportunity: The Research Degrees Programme (MPhil and PhD) offered
within the School of Education.
Code                Information                              Date(s)
PGS 4               Research Degrees Programme (MPhil and    Oct 2006
                    PhD)                                     and Feb
                    Programme Director: Dr Douglas Hay       2007
                    Email: d.w.hay@abdn.ac.uk


CPD Opportunity: MSc. In Educational Research Methods modules.
Code              Information                                       Date(s)
PGS 5             Run by the University of Strathclyde. 20 credit   Start date –
                  point modules taken on a module-by-module         February
                  basis.                                            2007.
                  Contact: David McMurtry.
                  Email: d.c.mcmurtry@abdn.ac.uk tel: 4623




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Theme F: Post graduate study opportunities for academic staff

CPD Opportunity Leading and managing projects
      Code        Information                               Date(s)
PGS 6             30 credit part time M Ed (APS) course. An   Dates in
                  introductory course in project and change  May to be
                  management.                                negotiated.
                  Course leader: Audrey Hendry,
                  a.hendry@abdn.ac.uk tel: 4874

CPD Opportunity Leading and managing teams
      Code        Information                                     Date(s)
PGS 7             30 credit part time M Ed (APS) course for those   Dates in
                  who have responsibility for managing others.     June to be
                  Course leader: Audrey Hendry,                    negotiated.
                  a.hendry@abdn.ac.uk tel: 4874

CPD Opportunity: Mentoring course – all staff
      Code        Information                                     Date(s)
PGS 8             15 credit part time Masters Level Mentoring     Starting
                  Course, part of the APS Programme.              October
                  Course leader: Leila Holm, l.holm@abdn.ac.uk    2006
                  tel: 4684

CPD Opportunity Management Courses at RGU
     Code        Information                                     Date(s)
PGS 9            Post Graduate Certificate in Management         September
                 Studies                                         Part
                 Post Graduate Diploma in Management             Time/Distance
                 MSc in Management.                              Learning

                  The following modules will be undertaken
                  during       the       course:     Business
                  Environment,Finance for Managers, Marketing,
                  Managing People, Economics of Business, E-
                  Business Systems, Performance, Planning &
                  Decision Making, Research Methods.

                  For more information see
                  http://www.rgu.ac.uk/prospectus

                  Contact: David McMurtry
                  d.c.mcmurtry@abdn.ac.uk tel: 4623




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Theme F: Post graduate study opportunities for academic staff

CPD Opportunity Master in Business Administration at University of Aberdeen
Business School.
    Code         Information                                        Date(s)
PGS 10           Courses include:                                      tbc

                BU 5003 Business Decision Making

                BU 5011 Business Ethics

                BU 5517 Strategic Marketing

                BU 5518 Managing People at Work

                BU 5816 Leadership and Management Skills

                BU 5902 MBA Project - Critical Study Paper


                For more information see
                http://www.abdn.ac.uk/business/taught.php?code=MBA

                Contact: David McMurtry
                d.c.mcmurtry@abdn.ac.uk tel: 4623




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