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Using a departmental blog with post-16 Health Sciences students
Online Learning – a Guide for Associations
Action Research as a key to stimulating Innovation and Professional Development in ILT
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Case studies
Using a departmental blog with post-16 Health Sciences students
by Keith Shaw

Science staff at New College Nottingham developed a departmental blog that has been a big hit with learners and staff alike and is now being replicated across the college. Keys to success were enthusiastic support of managers and involvement of students.

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Online Learning – a Guide for Associations
by Louella Morton and Brendan Noud

Different associations approach online learning in a variety of ways, and each has their own specific requirements and targets. WBT's Louella Morton and Brendan Noud offer practical advice on how best to select and roll out an appropriate solution. 



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Action Research as a key to stimulating Innovation and Professional Development in ILT
by John Webber

Sussex Downs College have recently completed a college-wide trial of an approach to Continuing Professional Development that combines mentoring, peer coaching and action research. John Webber describes the approach taken, which has proved highly successful in stimulating collaborative learning, experimentation and development.



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Amplified staff development
by Jennifer Jones, Joanne Badge, Stuart Johnson and Alan Cann

‘Amplified events’ utilize social networks to record and relay discussions from a physical event to a much larger online audience. This case study is an analysis of the impact of Web 2.0 tools to amplify a local staff training event.  We explore the affordances of social technologies to increase participation in the event beyond the confines of a single institution and give practical advice for others who would like to run an amplified event.



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