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Online Learning Opportunities

Education Scotland CLD officers have collated a range of websites and specific online courses that may be relevant to those working in the Community Learning and Development sector. We hope you find these useful – please get in touch with Susan.Epsworth@educationscotland.gov.scot if you know of an opportunity worth sharing

Scottish Centre Conflict Resolution are offering a free programme of sessions ‘Untangling the knots’ The course is aimed at practitioners who have a role working directly with young
people and their families within the Third, Health, Criminal Justice, Parenting, Family, Education, Social and Housing, Mediation or Conflict Resolution sectors, either as a practitioner/volunteer. You must be able to attend all 4 online sessions. Details: https://bit.ly/3epjB93

#CLDTalks Podcast Have you caught up with the new CLD Podcast yet?  Created by CLDSC Registered Member Conor Maxwell, CLD Worker in South Lanarkshire, the podcasts have been established to raise the profile of CLD across Scotland.  You can find the podcasts on all the usual podcast sites like Anchor.fm or Spotify and follow @CLDTalks on Twitter – make sure you use the #CLDTalks hashtag! There are two podcasts to listen to so far: Jim Sweeney MBE and Adele Martin.  You’re guaranteed insights, information, learning and laughs!

You can also see more podcasts relevant for CLD collated in this wakelet: https://wakelet.com/wake/v7TUKzcIiOzMo5GDRA-xO

ASH Scotland has produced a range of e-learning courses including Understanding Tobacco and Smoking and money advice. https://www.ashscotland.org.uk/training-and-services/

College Development Network Virtual Bridge webinars run Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday’s 11 – 11.30am. All previous webinars available to view on CDN’s YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSLdC4tqYFWpsSAwTQTa5zQ details for 2021: Virtual Bridge Webinars – Choose Registration (cdn.ac.uk)

The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) Digishift series: We have been hosting big Zoom calls called DigiShift, in collaboration with Third Sector Lab, attended by hundred of charities.  These calls began as a space for everyone to discuss the challenges of moving quickly to digital service delivery.  They have become a collaborative networking space where we work together, with experts in their field, to formulate best practice. Past sessions are available on their YouTube channel and details of future sessions here: DigiShift – SCVO

Promoting Children and Young People’s Mental Health and preventing Self Harm and Suicide Animations have been co-produced by NHS Education for Scotland and Public Health Scotland to support the implementation of Scotland’s Public Health Priorities for Mental Health, Scotland’s Mental Health Strategy 2017-2027; and Scotland’s Suicide Prevention Action Plan – Every Life Matters
These new resources will help workers to understand the factors that influence mental health and resilience
in children and young people; engage proactively with children and young people about mental health, self-harm and suicide; and recognise when to seek help to support those in their care: https://learn.nes.nhs.scot/17099/mental-health-improvement-and-prevention-of-self-harm-and-suicide

LEAD Scotland collected together websites, apps and information about how you can continue to learn online during this time. These are suitable for everyone, with lots of different options, from improving your English and Maths skills, to specialist courses designed by leading universities. https://www.lead.org.uk/free-online-learning-options-during-the-coronavirus/

LEAD Scotland have designed a new, free course in partnership with the Open University: Everyday computer skills: a beginner’s guide to computers, tablets, mobile phones and accessibility https://www.open.edu/openlearncreate/course/view.php?id=5538

YouthLink Scotland have compiled all their digital youth work online sessions on their YouTube channel for you to watch when it suits – https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLqXvZw9UDJQtUFQaf1O6O2QoiGDhVKqWl

Education Scotland’s DYW officers have put together a programme of ‘end of the day blethers‘ over the next few months covering a range of subjects including ‘personal learning & achievement’, post-16 transitions’ and ‘equalities & inclusion’  https://www.youthlinkscotland.org/media/4866/dyw-end-of-day-dyw-blether-2020.pdf

Learn 100% online with world-class universities and industry experts – Browse Future Learn’s free online courses in subjects ranging from Psychology and Mental Health to Creative Arts and Media https://www.futurelearn.com/courses

Black Lives Matter – Explore resources from petitions to books and courses – to help you get involved in the Black Lives Matter movement, and educated about the history of black oppression https://www.futurelearn.com/info/blog/black-lives-matter-resources

SALTO-YOUTH training opportunities: including ‘An intro on how to use Erasmus+ for international youth work, Erasmus+ opportunities for youth https://www.salto-youth.net/

Abertay University has four free credit-bearing courses to help individuals develop their digital marketing abilities, and support businesses. They are delivered online and include live teaching sessions. https://www.abertay.ac.uk/courses/digital-marketing-micro-courses

Professional Development Resources for College Staff  on CDN LearnOnline https://professionallearning.collegedevelopmentnetwork.ac.uk/

Free online learning in a range of subjects from the Open University    https://www.open.edu/openlearn/free-courses

Find training, tutorials, templates, quick starts, and cheat sheets for Microsoft 365, including Excel, Outlook, Word, SharePoint, Teams, OneDrive, OneNote and more https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/training

The Microsoft Certified Educator Program is a professional development program that bridges the gap between technology skills and innovative teaching, learn more: https://education.microsoft.com/en-us

Trend Micro https://internetsafety.trendmicro.com/webinars

Digi Learn Scot – a range of pre-recorded webinars to learn online at a time that suits you https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzFsp7PF70TMlqVM4nCsxSg?view_as=subscriber

Free courses from Volunteer Scotland exploring everything you need to know about involving, supporting and leading volunteers. Working with the Open University (Centre for Voluntary Sector Leadership at The Open University Business School) this is a space for you to learn at your own pace, at a venue of your choice and with time built in for you to reflection https://www.volunteerscotland.net/for-organisations/training-courses/volunteer-practice-training/online-learning/

Generations Working Together provides information, delivers support and encourages involvement to benefit all of Scotland’s generations, by working, learning, volunteering and living together. Membership is free for anyone living in Scotland and some of the training courses are free too https://generationsworkingtogether.org/

Supporting Learning Outdoors This course is for anyone who has a role in supporting the delivery of curricular based outdoor learning. The course is aimed at instructors, third sector and private organisations, classroom assistants, volunteers, or indeed anyone who wants to work in partnerships with schools to deliver meaningful outdoor learning experiences.   The course will help participants to gain an understanding of the Curriculum for Excellence, and the framework for delivering this to pupils, as well as providing resources and ideas to assist good partnership working https://www.sapoe.org.uk/courses/supporting-learning-outdoors/

EIS PACT programme offers research-based professional learning opportunities for all teachers and schools focused on policy, practice and pedagogy.  PACT is rooted in social justice principles, takes a human rights approach to poverty, and is designed to further support and deepen the development of a whole-school anti-poverty culture. We also recognise that this PL opportunity may also of interest/ benefit to others within the education sector, so while the PACT online programme has been designed with a clear focus on teachers and schools, we welcome the involvement of other education professionals such as college lecturers who work with school-aged children and QIOs, who are happy to participate on that basis, and with that definite focus. It is also not necessary to be an EIS member to sign up – this offer is for all in the profession https://www.eis.org.uk/PACT/AboutPACT


Upcoming webinars and online opportunities for CLD

The Education Scotland team have collated a number of webinars and online opportunities hosted by ourselves and others that may be of relevance to CLD practitioners and managers. See details of dates, times, platform where available and link for signing up below.

Tuesday 27th July: 10 – 12noon, Volunteer Scotland: Volunteers Mental Wellbeing, https://bit.ly/3mDGDN8

Friday 30th July: 1 – 3pm, YouthLink Scotland: Participative Democracy Certificate training, https://bit.ly/2UHnccj

Monday 2nd August: 10 – 12.30pm, Children in Scotland: UNCRC, participation & engagement (for Youth Arts sector), https://bit.ly/3wOn3Sw

Wednesday 4th August: 12 – 12.40pm, Scottish Centre for Conflict Resolution: Understanding Anger, https://bit.ly/3eMoN7O

Wednesday 4th August: 2 -4pm, Volunteer Scotland: Volunteer Induction, https://bit.ly/3g0cN4d

Tuesday 10th August: 2 – 3.30pm, YouthLink Scotland: Youth-led participatory budgeting – a national conversation, https://bit.ly/2SzTXYg

Thursday 12th August: 2 -4pm, Volunteer Scotland: Managing difficult situations, https://bit.ly/3wHT1jM

Tuesday 17th August: 2.30 – 4.30pm, Children in Scotland: Creating inclusive settings: Engaging neurodivergent children (for Youth Arts sector), https://bit.ly/2Urr41f

Tuesday 17th August: 6 -8, Youth Scotland: Feel Good Activity Kit & Hi5 Awards, Zoom, https://bit.ly/3e1T9Cq

Tuesday 24th August: 10 – 3pm, SCQF: My skills, my future, https://bit.ly/3hx3HMA

Tuesday 24th August: 4 – 5pm, Education Scotland: Supporting Children and Families – Children’s rights and engaging with parents and families, MS Teams, https://bit.ly/2ST3UQq

Wednesday 25th August: 10 – 11.30am, Youth Work & Schools Collaborative: Professional dialogue session,  https://bit.ly/3qzMPrv

Wednesday 25th August: 2 – 4pm, Volunteer Scotland: Supporting volunteers, https://bit.ly/2TLVlY6

Wednesday 25th August: 6 – 8pm, Youth Scotland: Creative waste environmental workshop, https://bit.ly/3wN2VzC

Friday 27th August: 10 – 12noon, Youth Scotland: Arts Toolkit Training, https://bit.ly/3uVzUka

Tuesday 31st August: 10 – 1pm, Youth Scotland: Child protection officer course, https://bit.ly/2UZvVXm

Wednesday 1st September: 10 – 1pm, Education Scotland/YouthLInk Scotland: What? Why? How? Childrens Rights for Youth Work, Zoom, https://bit.ly/3uz8W1C

Thursday 2nd September: 10 – 4pm, SCQF: Would you credit it? https://bit.ly/2TYCBoA

Thursday 2nd September: 10 – 12noon, Volunteer Scotland: Involving and matching volunteers to roles/tasks, https://bit.ly/3xGjopR

Tuesday 7th September: 10 – 12noon, YouthLink Scotland/Lothian Association of Youth Clubs: What is Youth Work’s role in the school age childcare sector? https://bit.ly/3zJR5sr

Thursday 9th September & Thursday 23rd September: 10 – 12noon, Glasgow Science Centre: STEM training for CLD practitioners (20 places), https://bit.ly/3hs9fZg

Tuesday 14th September: 10 – 1pm, Youth Scotland: Understanding Autism Awareness, https://bit.ly/3hPP4UO

Wednesday 15th September: 10 – 12noon, Volunteer Scotland: Developing a volunteer culture, https://bit.ly/35GQdXS

Wednesday 15th September: 10 – 1pm, Youth Scotland: What’s the harm? Self harm awareness and skills training, https://bit.ly/3BhtcJz

Tuesday 21st – Thursday 23rd September: 10 – 4pm, Education Scotland: Scottish learning Festival (online) SAVE THE DATE

Thursday 23rd September: 2 – 4pm, Volunteer Scotland: Developing volunteer roles, https://bit.ly/3vLXbWj

Tuesday 28th September: 10 – 12noon, Volunteer Scotland: Developing volunteer strategy, https://bit.ly/2TRPSyO

Wednesday 29th September: SAVE THE DATE: Community Development Alliance Scotland, National Conference 2021

Thursday 30th September: 6 – 8pm, Youth Scotland: Arts Toolkit Training, https://bit.ly/3etSRoI

Tuesday 5th/Wednesday 6th October: SAVE THE DATE: YouthLink Scotland: National Youth Work Conference

Also check out https://bit.ly/3fN7Fgi and https://bit.ly/2V4g5Iw for a range of pre-recorded webinars from the Education Scotland Digital Skills team. These were created for formal education setting, but the content will be a just as relevant to CLD practitioners. For example, learn how to use Microsoft Forms for quizzes and surveys or watch the session on online gaming and gambling.

Please contact Susan.Epsworth@educationscotland.gov.scot if you would like us to promote something on your behalf