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.