You probably need to capture what you are learning through short courses. Your record just needs to reflect what you want it to do. For example…..
My needs are simple
I don’t want to track every 2 hour Canva course that I do but I would like to keep a track of career webinars and conferences that I attend.
I would like to be able to record:
- The name of each event
- Key learning from each one
- Who delivered the information
- Date, time and a URL.
It would be good to be able to colour code different categories of learning so that I can easily see emerging trends.
Capturing Career Development Learning
Craig Hillman, from Helena College, recommends that teachers record reading the Infocus Careers Newsletter as PD on the WA Teacher Registration Board.
His system has been adopted by a lot of teachers to demonstrate their commitment to becoming experts in their field, without a qualification.
The trick to finding the best system is to understand how you would use it
- See what is trending from speakers in Australia and around the world.
- Attach a copy of the data to job applications if it was able to be seen as a snapshot
- Go back and check on notes for speeches and articles.
Figure out what functions you want your system to deliver as a first step, then start searching for options that deliver them and compare to see which one is the best fit. Be wary of the biggest and best available as it may do a lot of things that you don’t need.
After doing my simple analysis of what functions I need, I think a simple Excel spreadsheet will do the job.
Start by figuring out what you need
A quick analysis of how you would use your records will deliver the solution that you need, at least for the near future. A digital record can always be attached to a job application, and a potential employer can ask you about the courses you have done, even if they aren’t accredited courses.
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