As a teacher or adviser, to provide effective information and guidance, you must be equipped with accurate and in-depth information on a plethora of ever-changing subjects relating to higher education. This could be challenging with the ongoing COVID-19 related restrictions.
Luckily, help is at hand. Universities offer a number of ways to help you stay up to date – from podcasts and webinars to residential and virtual conferences, there’s something to suit everyone. I will provide an overview of some of these here.
Teacher and adviser conferences are hosted
by universities and other higher education
institutions nationwide, and are often free to
attend and CPD accredited. They are usually
one or two days, with the latter including
accommodation and a networking dinner – giving
you the chance to meet other professionals to
share challenges and best practices.
The format and content will vary, but you can generally expect a mix of internal and external speakers, workshops and Q&As. Most offer break-out sessions, enabling you to tailor your programme to maximise personal development in an area of your choice.
Lots of universities moved their conferences online due to the current challenges, with great success, so this is something that we could see more of going forward.
Some universities offer podcasts designed
specifically for teachers and advisers. They are a
great way to top up your knowledge throughout
the year, listening to episodes at a time and place
that is convenient for you.
Podcasts often feature higher education advisers, academics, admissions tutors, current or past students and external speakers. You can subscribe to podcasts for free, meaning that you’ll get new episodes automatically as soon as they are available.
As you would expect, webinars are now more popular than ever. They have evolved in recent years so instead of sitting passively or typing in online chat forums, a number of universities now run interactive sessions that offer the next best thing to being in the same room as the speaker (you may have even arranged for some of these sessions for your classroom of students). Register in advance and you’ll be sent a link to log-in and join the session. The number of participants is often limited which means you’ll be able to ask questions and discuss key points.
These opportunities offer you the chance to stay informed about the latest developments in higher education from industry experts, giving you the tools and skills needed to foster the talents and aspirations of your students. University school liaison and outreach teams understand how important it is to deliver the best careers guidance this year and we are here to support you to achieve that.
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