,Do you have a system for recording your professional development?
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.
I don’t know if unis, TAFE colleges and employment service providers use similar systems to capture their continuous professional learning.
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.
The trick to finding the best system is to know 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.
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