Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS)

My holiday reads will include Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector: 5th Edition, after toying with the idea of signing up to that course for a while. It is a twelve week course at the local college and some of my public library colleagues have completed it already. Why that one?

  • for CPD;
  • to branch out and “see more than libraryland”;
  • to be able to better tailor and run learning sessions, inductions, etc., building on past training experience.

Despite one of my original reasons being “a challenge” I am a little bit concerned that I would be taking on too much if I do the course this semester. I also need to find out how I can get the most out of the course for my new role and if it’s relevant enough (it’s a few hundred £s after all). Some colleagues have re-assured me that the course “won’t be too involved”, others have quoted time commitments of nine hours per week.

Note added on 3 September: After reading the first half of the book mentioned above I have decided to stick with the book and delay the course. There might be a  course that my new employer can recommend that will be more suitable to the HE environment and my new role.


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6 Responses to Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS)

  1. J. K. Barlow says:

    Oh, I’m doing this too, and rather apprehensive! Perhaps we can compare notes!

  2. Carolin says:

    It’ll be very interesting to read about your experience. I chickened out this time 😉

  3. Vikki A says:

    hi, just been offered to do this course through St Johns Ambulance and was wondering if you ever did this?

    • Carolin says:

      Hi Vikki,
      I never did the PTLLS in the end (yet, anyway) as it didn’t fit in with my job but I know a few people who have. I know two people who did it though, @ian_nipper and @scotthibberson (Scott also taught it at some point), so it might be good to get in touch with them on Twitter.

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