Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Out with the old...

In the next week or so we will be launching our autumn programme of development courses. This will be the last time we launch a programme in this way, as by January 2014, we will be delivering development in a different way. This is a very big change for us and how we operate, which we knew was coming, but it feels a lot more real now!

Another big change is the launch of the interim Learning Management System. As the previous one has broken, CiCS have worked very hard to develop a temporary replacement for us. Here's a screenshot as a teaser.

It looks really good, and works on smartphones and tablets, so you can access and book onto development activities from wherever you are (sounds familiar somehow!?).

We are in the very early stages of thinking about what system we may need as an organisation to support development activity, so there will hopefully be more changes to come to the LMS.

So what am I going to ask you to think about this time? We want our development offering to be more responsive, both to the needs of the University but also to the needs of individual colleagues. We also think community and sharing ideas is really important as there is a lot we can learn from each other. With this in mind, we put together a poster, including our four themes, asking "how are you going to develop your skills in these four areas?", and this is the question I would like you to answer. Your responses will be really helpful to us, to give us ideas for how development can be supported, but also to your colleagues, to hopefully prompt thoughts like "That's a good idea, I might give that a go as well".

Here's the poster: