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23 things & coding… new open course adventures

Recently I have been writing about setting up a new CPD log using Google Apps for Education. After a couple of busy weeks (at ALT’s Annual Conference) I have been searching for a new open course to try for this autumn. I really enjoyed my experience taking part in the Digital Scholar course and now I am ready for a new adventure.

So, first up and already underway, I have registered for the 23 Things course from the University of Edinburgh. Recommended by a colleague on Twitter I found the course a really inspiring proposition.

While there are quite a few familiar topics, I hope it’ll be a good opportunity to keep up to date with current practice and find new tips and ideas. I might also see if any of my colleagues might join in and utilise the course to help us provide some internal CPD. One aspect of the course I am already finding really useful is the community blog.

Another new course I have signed up for gets underway next month and is run on FutureLearn for the Open University: Learn to Code for Data Analysis. More of a challenge given what little I know about this but it’s definitely an area I am keen to develop in. In addition to what looks like a great course tutor team and content, the course also runs on a platform that I have worked with myself and I am keen to experience another course as a participant. Judging from the hundreds of enthusiastic posts in the welcome forum, I am certainly not the only participants who is looking forward to the course getting underway and not the only novice either.