I am very lucky to be working on the new eCPD programme an initiative commissioned by LSIS, and being run by BDP Media. The first cohort of ‘Proffessional Development Advisors” (PDAs) is being trained at the moment, equipping them with the skills and tools to help an organisation move forwards with the strategic approach to eCPD, something that all providers should be doing, and hopefully this programme is a timely intervention that will help organisation tackle embrace this issue.
Last week the official launch event (organised by ALT) took place in London, and was an amazing event, as last Thursday there was chaos with travel due to the snow, yet over 170 people (out of 190 expected) still made it to the event, and loads more accessed it online. The event had an excited buzz about it, and I have only heard positive comments from people that attended.
On Tuesday I attended the launch of the showcase projects, which showed an interesting array of work – with 8 such projects being funded £2000 each. There will be a second round of funding for more such projects,and the programme is looking for projects from a wide range of providers in particular 6th form colleges, work based learning, adult ommunity learning and Offender learning, if anyone is interested, then details can be found at http://ecpd.bdplearning.com/ecpd/news_details.php?id=68
But from my perspective the best part is the interactions between myself and the PDAs that I am supporting, as there is a real excitement out there from them, and that is what it is all about.