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A good send off

April 25, 2009

I finally posted off my chartership portfolios yesterday to CILIP. Yipee!  It is the culmination of two years hard work and I am pleased it has all come together. I hope the outcome will be good news for me.

However, my continuing professional development does not end here. This is an ongoing process and I will be intent on looking for opportunities to develop both professionally and personally in the future.

It is unlikely that I will continue this blog as I contribute to a team blog at my workplace and time constraints mean I can’t blog on both.  I hope for those of you who have been following my blog that you have enjoyed reading it and I wish you also good luck in gaining your chartership.

We are all different

April 25, 2009

Right-handed or left-handed? Have you worked for the university for 10 years or more, or less? Are you a morning or night person? This activity illustrates how we are all different and was part of a mandatory Equality and Diversity training course I attended at the university this last week.

The half day’s training had varied activities including a presentation, group discussion, watching a DVD clip, and some short quizzes to test what we had learnt. The DVD clip was thought-provoking and was about a non-disabled person attending a job interview and how he was treated disfavourably by disabled people he came across during this day.  This turns the more familiar scenario on its head of how disabled people can sometimes be treated disfavourably by society.

We also learnt about disability and completed an exercise suggesting how adjustments can be made to help disabled people.

A very interesting and useful day’s training on equality and diversity and some ideas I can take back to my workplace.

Word 2003-2007 training

January 22, 2008

I recently attended an in-house training course on the differences between Word 2003 and Word 2007. At present the newer version of Word is only available to students at our organisation and is currently available to staff only through our remote service, Desktop Anywhere. However, we still need to have the skills to support students using Word 2007 at the help desk.

 The trainer took us through the different features and commands on the ribbon. Some features were new to me and I had never explored much before, like tables. One useful thing we looked at was headings and creating a page of contents – this would be useful to students when writing dissertations. We also learnt how you can edit a word in a heading and then change this word in the page of contents automatically. This saves time and ensures you don’t miss anything.

 One alternative way this training could have been carried out would have been to have a long document for course participants to work through and to perform certain tasks using different commands.  Then information may have been retained better.

However, a useful half day’s training. I just need to practise a bit more now and then hopefully be in a better position to support our learners with Word 2007.