Living in Sligo, I am very selective when it comes to attending meetings and conferences. As funding is tight it turns into a long day with no overnight in a hotel. The theme, publicity and bios of each speaker have to be convincing.
I keep an eye on the seminars funded by the National forum for the enhancement of teaching and learning. In February I headed off to prove to myself that I’m on top of my game when it comes to understanding the needs of first year students. At second level students and teachers are striving to harvest points and then we meet them in September, they are no where close to being independent learners or critical thinkers.
The seminar was entitled Learning to Learn at College – students transitioning to reading, writing and knowledge creation at third level. Held on 6th February 2015 jointly hosted by IT Carlow and DIT in Grangegorman.
I took detailed notes and circulated a concise report to library staff on my return.
I am just going to mention a few resources
- Dr. Robin Goodfellow from Open university and his website OERs for digital scholars.
- Dr. Mary Delaney from IT Carlow who has a Slideshare on her recent study.
- Learning to learn at college a recording from the day.
It was hard enough to find a bus stop afterwards so it will be great when the luas line arrives on the campus.