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I love to be on my own with my computer and books. I felt that they were not enough to keep me sane. I joined a badminton club and played every week. The members became my support group - we shared professional experiences, personal issues etc.
• The range of support networks that are available to me within my organisation - Bucks New University offline: the LDU team, the IT team, Greoup for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (GILT), the LT Steerting Group, the t-eL course team and participants; except for the IT and the t-eL groups all the others are non virtual support groups
the range of support networks that are available to me outside my organisation offline and online: virginmedia (my broadband, telephone provider) , banking services, Institute for Learning; Action Research Group; HEA-ESCALATE, Association for Learning Technology
•how I keep up to date with with current developments in my field: JISC mailing list; ALT mailing list; Google Groups; Blogs
•how I access specialist advice/further training : generally online - email, website, blogs or Twitter
•what review mechanisms are available to me to help you upgrade my skills and knowledge
Peer Observation, Team teaching, Annual Appraisal all of which are offline PO and TT are usually followed by an informal chat about what went well and what can be improved depending on the conext. AA is always a f2f discussion about my pre-preprepared draft appraisal report. Skills and knowledge upgrade are identified and arrangements made for course/workshop attendance followed by additional responsibilities as opportunity to apply my learning. I love it!
•how I evaluate current and future needs and keep abreast of evolving trends
I tend to look for opportunities to apply new learning usuallyacquired through reading about excellence in teaching, good practice in teaching etc.
Reflection: I make good use of the IT support network and the online Action Research support networks to enhance my learning and keep abreast of new developments in the field of pedagogy. It also helps me socialise online without incurring any expenses!
The IfL good practice guide is always interesting - I am informed about how my colleagues are doing in their fields.
I am always wary about my inadequate knowledge about certain discussion topics and I hate to be just a passive participant. To overcome this I research more before contrinuting to discussions. The support networks work better if I can ask questions and answer others questions as well