Today 1minuteCPD reaches its 500th post. We have come a long way from our first post #1 Snip it! way back on 1 January 2016. As of today we have had over 25000 visitors and over 85000 views to the blog. In 2016 we posted daily, in 2017 we didn’t post at all, and in 2018, we posted 3 times a week. Regardless of the regularity of posting, it seems as though a minute really is the magic number.
Last week, Jisc published its Digital experience insights survey 2018: findings from the pilot of teaching staff in UK further and higher education. It found that more than half of university staff want more technology for teaching, however the main thing that staff felt would improve their experience of digital teaching is ‘time’. Time to ‘practice new skills’, time to ‘reflect’ and ‘digest’ new ideas, time to ‘develop digital teaching’, time to ‘explore new approaches’ (p. 40). As time is such a precious commodity, 1minuteCPD is as relevant today as it was when we first started this project. It may not be the answer to all issues pertaining to time, however, it does provide a resource that can help staff to ‘innovate’, ‘experiment’ and ‘investigate’ with new technologies and invest in their own digital skills in 60 seconds or less.
In 2019, we will continue updating the blog with new posts on a weekly basis. However, we will be introducing a new monthly feature called ‘5-minute reflection’. This is a slightly longer blog post that looks at different pedagogical issues and challenges, such as assessment and feedback, large-class teaching, distance learning etc. and how some of our 1minuteCPD posts can help address those issues and challenges.
We will pick up the baton once more on 1 January 2019. See you in the new year!