Title: Connect to Learning Webinars
Date: Starting Tuesday 19 May 2020 (More info online)
Time: 17:00 - 18:30
As part of its Outreach strategy, the Faculty of Education has just launched its lovetoteach Outreach website in which it provides support, discussions and sharing of research and good practices, and learning opportunities for young learners, parents, educators and adult learners.
Dr Michelle Attard Tonna, Dr James Calleja, Prof. Christopher Bezzina and Mr Mario Testa from the Department of Leadership for Learning and Innovation are leading this initiative.
Apart from the online resources which are regularly being updated, a weekly series of webinars and seminars called Connect to Learning are being developed, and they are intended to support schools in the challenges related to COVID-19, or to touch on issues which are currently topical. The first series will run up to the first week of July while the second will start in the last week of September up to mid-December.
The webinars are 60 minutes long and require participants to register and listen, but will not be seen online. They can communicate to the speakers via chat and a Q&A facility. The purpose of these webinars is to allow the guest speakers to present a theme and explore it in depth.
Seminars are 90 minutes long and require participants to register and to interact actively in the session. The purpose of these seminars is to engage participants in more active input. Breakout rooms will be used so that participants can meet other educators, share their experiences and discuss opinions about the issues discussed.
Connect to Learning will serve as Continuing Professional Development opportunities for educators to equip them with ideas and skills to enhance their practices. Webinars and seminars are hosted by an academic member of the Faculty, moderated by people with expertise in the area and a number of guest speakers (usually practitioners, that is, educators, people from the Ministry for Education and Employment and/or academic staff from the Faculty). Educators who choose to register for these sessions and participate actively will receive a Certificate of Participation issued by the Faculty of Education at the end of each series.
Participants may choose to register for as many webinars and seminars as they wish. Registration is free of charge and a certificate will be sent to all educators who participate in one or more sessions. A circular about these CPD opportunities has been sent to all schools and we are happy to report that the registration rate is high. All sessions will be recorded for later viewing.