Lambeth College - Virtual Drop-In Week: CPD with a difference
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Teaching staff at Lambeth College were given the opportunity to broaden their experience of online delivery through a Virtual Drop-In Week, which ran from 22 – 26th February 2021.

This was a ‘without judgement’ exercise, the aim being to encourage reflection on the part of teachers about how learning works online, as well as to share practice. 20 sessions, taught by members of the Teaching & Learning Team, were available over the week for teachers to visit, with teachers encouraged to pop into lessons, even if just for 10 minutes.

One advantage of learning being delivered online is that lessons can be visited at just the click of a button – so for busy teachers, this week provided an easy way of facilitating a different kind of peer observation compared to pre-Covid times. Teachers were able to visit a range of lessons being taught, including Dental Technology, Electrical Installation and ESOL, and witnessed a range of tools – such as Padlet, Mentimeter, and breakout rooms - being used with students.

Learning how to deliver online to maximise participation and progress has been a steep learning curve for all teachers over the past year, and participants in this process found it both reassuring and useful for developing their own practice. As one teacher commented afterwards, ‘I loved every minute of being an observer in both lessons I attended. This experience provided me with a different insight, and I am really grateful to both teachers who allowed me to join their classes.’

Director of Teaching & Learning, Clare Dignum said, ‘Our ethos at Lambeth College is that we are all learners, regardless of our role at the college. Many thanks to those who provided the sessions available to visit, as well as to those many staff who took the time to visit and reflect on our Padlet wall afterwards. I have no doubt that it will help us to continue to develop as a teaching body so that our delivery of online learning becomes even more effective in the future.’

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