Welcome to the Blog for the Enhance your Mentoring Skills open online course (SHOOC). This blog contains information about the course, including how to enrol, about the course team, the curriculum and syllabus, and how your achievement will be recognised. It will also be a space for news and posts by people working in and with schools in a mentoring context. See the latest SHOOC Flyer (download) for more information or contact the course team at email@example.com
Why are we running the SHOOC again? We ran the first SHOOC in January 2017: 415 people registered, 290 workbooks were submitted and 42 participants completed all five workbooks (one for each week). The feedback was very positive and evaluations spoke of the value of the experience and the quality and relevance of the materials. A number of people pointed to January being a busy time of year and that being the reason they either didn’t register or were unable to take part. We are running it again for those people and also to target schools who are mentoring NQTs in September 2017.
What is a SHOOC? A SHOOC is an open online course organised and run by the Sheffield Institute of Education, at Sheffield Hallam University. It works on the principle of open educational resources (OERs) provided free to interested parties with open content (free to use but copyrighted to SHU) with ‘badges’ for successful tasks, a certificate for completed participation, with an option to go on to take a masters module in Coaching and Mentoring*.
Who is the SHOOC for? Participation in the SHOOC is open to anyone who wants to be involved online from anywhere in the world. It will focus on pre-school, school and post 16 mentoring in the UK context and the curriculum is mapped to the UK National Standards for school-based initial teacher training (ITT) mentors (2016).
What form will the SHOOC take? The SHOOC will run online in Pebblepad for 5 weeks starting 12th June 2017. The tutor team includes school mentor trainers and academics who specialise in teacher education. Participants will be given an account and access to all the materials and activities, including Pebblepad workbooks comprising tutor videos, case studies, and active live webinars, forum discussions, social media and e-tivities. Digital badges are awarded for the successful completion of each week’s workbook (about 5 hour’s work each week) and if you achieve all five badges you will receive a Digital Certificate of completion.
Register for the course*
*If you are unable to take part this time but interested in taking part in a future SHOOC please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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