22 September 2010
In a Paper I worked on at BECTA we were considering how one might describe a set of common goals or measures for effective WFD for e-learning that starts from the following position:
1.It is desirable that individual staff members develop their potential to be more effective as part of the larger developing workforce
2.A developing workforce is one that recognises the constant challenge of the new and with the imagination to apply the properties of technology to purposeful and effective teaching and learning.
3.A developed workforce is one that tackles this with confidence.
4.A confident workforce is one that is not afraid of the challenges new technologies may bring to teaching and learning.
We proposed a concept of WFD for e-learning that has 2 elements:
1.Reflection and reflective practice should be embedded into WFD for e-learning in an environment of empowered teaching staff taking responsibility and accounting for their own professional development
2.That any development activity, regardless of organisation and outcomes, should promote or demonstrate one or more of 7 over-arching behaviours i.e. ‘meta-skills’ that form the ‘characteristics of e-confidence’.
This is predicated on the belief that
1. Every teacher has a unique learning path and story to tell
2. That a developed workforce is one capable of facing the challenging demands placed on it by the organisation with confidence.
To look at the meta skills, (or higher levbel thinking skills) proposed, click on this link