CDN Update

I hope you are well.

CDN’s Marketing and Communications Network launched the fantastic #LoveScotlandsColleges campaign on 13 February. The week-long digital campaign highlighted the importance and strength of Scotland’s colleges, promoting examples of how colleges support students, the economy, businesses, communities and staff. College staff, politicians, businesses, local communities and stakeholders got involved on social media by using #LoveScotlandsColleges, reaching more than 6 million people during the week – an increase of 27.5% on the previous campaign! Many thanks to everyone who contributed. 

We're delighted to launch this year's College Expo exploring the theme 'Developing Practice Across Tertiary Education.' This year we're excited to introduce our College Expo Roadshow which includes three lively face-to-face panel sessions hosted by colleges around Scotland. Find out more below.

We continue to offer a wide range of impactful Courses, Events and Research to support your professional development. Take a moment and have a look at what's on offer below and on CDN’s website.
As ever, please don’t hesitate to contact me if you’d like to talk about any aspect of our work, if you'd like to suggest new ways that we can support you, or share experiences and great practice that colleagues in the sector would find useful. You can email me at: jim.metcalfe@cdn.ac.uk
Jim Metcalfe, Chief Executive, CDN
College Expo23 is here, and we're on tour!

College Expo is the most exciting professional learning event for tertiary education in Scotland. This year's theme explores: ‘Developing Practice Across Tertiary Education.’

In addition to the two-day Virtual College Expo, we’re excited to be extending College Expo this year by introducing the College Expo Roadshow, which includes three lively face-to-face panel sessions hosted by colleges around Scotland.
Expo Roadshow Timetable
Jump on board and join our expert panel to debate the following themes:

Tuesday 28 March (1330-1600)
Student Experience
Borders College, Galashiels Campus

Thursday 20 April (1330-1600)
Professional Learning
Forth Valley College, Falkirk Campus

Thursday 25 May (1330-1600)
Curriculum Design
UHI Inverness

Virtual College Expo returns this year to offer inspirational keynotes, interactive workshops, and thought-provoking seminars.
Coming to your screen on Wednesday 21 and Thursday 22 June.
Watch this space for Virtual College Expo Programme and Sponsorship Opportunities. Register here.
#LoveScotlandsColleges Campaign Success!
To celebrate the outstanding innovation, hard work and best practice that takes place across the sector every day, organised by the CDN Marketing and Communications Network, our collaborative week-long #LoveScotlandsColleges campaign launched on Monday 13 February 2023.

The campaign encouraged all college staff, politicians, businesses, local communities and stakeholders to get involved with the campaign on social media by using #LoveScotlandsColleges.

The campaign achieved over 6 million impressions across the 5 day period – an increase of 27.5% on the previous campaign!

Thank you for your continued support and telling the world why you #LoveScotlandsColleges!
New Pathways from Poverty Report
Leading With Empathy and Vision:
An Insight Into West Lothian College
We recently launched the new research report Pathways from Poverty: Leading With Empathy and Vision: An Insight Into West Lothian College, produced in partnership with West Lothian College.

This is the third report in the CDN Research and Enhancement Centre’s Pathways from poverty research series. As identified within the first two reports, colleges play a crucial role in tackling poverty and inequality and in driving a more inclusive economy. This latest report picks up on the themes and challenges from the first two reports and provides a detailed case study of West Lothian College’s trauma-informed approach.
CDN Podcast Series
We are delighted to offer a series of three fantastic podcasts:

The CDN Podcast Series is free, accessible, and provides relevant, up-to-date professional learning.

Explore our Podcast Series below:
Pedagogy Matters breaks down what the key aspects of pedagogy are and how these can be realised in current practice, whether that be online delivery, face-to-face delivery, or a mixture of both. This hugely popular series, hosted by Jonny Rees, Head of Professional Learning at CDN, boasts 25 episodes and over 4,000 downloads!
Research Matters highlights new and existing research taking place in Scotland's colleges. Within the inaugural episodes, Paula Christie, CDN’s Research and Enhancement Lead chats to Jackie Galbraith, Principal at West Lothian College and Jeanette Dobson, Trust Project at West Lothian College, about the recently published report ‘Pathways from Poverty, Leading With Empathy and Vision: An Insight into West Lothian College.’
Leadership Matters is hosted by Valerie Jackman, Lead for Leadership at CDN, and Joanna Campbell, Principal and CEO, Dumfries and Galloway College. The series focuses on a range of themes, with the first being Women in Leadership, aimed at those in the education sector aspiring to progress to the next level.
Teaching in Colleges Today (TiCT)
We are proud to offer two Teaching in Colleges Today (TiCT) SCQF credit-rated units, which have been developed to better meet the initial professional development needs of new college lecturers coming into the sector. Discover the two online units available on CDN LearnOnline below:

Aimed at newly appointed college lecturers and other college staff involved in learning, teaching, and assessing students. This unit will help you develop the ability to plan and successfully deliver learning, teaching and assessment taking account of identified needs and to evaluate your practice.

Aimed at recently appointed college lecturers and other college staff involved in learning, teaching, and assessing college students. This unit will help those with subject specific skills and knowledge, and some prior teaching experience but no teaching qualifications develop their ability to plan and successfully deliver learning taking account of identified needs.

New Blog Post: I’ve looked at TiCT from both sides now…
Gail Toms, CDN's Lead: Learning and Teaching and Equalities shares her latest and greatest experience of (TicT), and explains why you should get involved. "If in doubt … this ‘TiCTs’ all the boxes"
Partner News: SCQF Week 2023
SCQF Week takes place 13-17 March. It showcases best practice in use of the SCQF across a range of sectors, as well as raising awareness of the SCQFP’s latest projects and developments amongst partners and stakeholders. SCQF Week will also encourage users to share their own SCQF journeys across a range of social media platforms and will have a specific focus for each day of the week:

  • Monday 13 March Focus: Veterans and ex-military personnel
  • Tuesday14 March Focus: Employers and SCQF inclusive recruiters
  • Wednesday 15 March Focus: Recognition of prior learning
  • Thursday 16 March Focus: School and college ambassadors
  • Friday 17 March Focus: SCQF Credit Rating and Credit Rating Bodies
SCQF will be hosting bite-size workshops across the week and it’s all free to join! Full details here
Partner News: Routes to Cyber Careers
As part of CyberScotland Week, ‘Routes to Cyber Careers,’ is a special online event for Careers Advisers on Wednesday 1 March at 1030-1200.

This online CPD event is free and has been developed specifically for Careers Advisers across Scotland, find out more here.
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