The UKFEchat Guide Books are series of publications with 3 releases per year (one per term) with a specific theme.
Each book will comprise of contributions from UKFEchat authors... You!
I will be editor of the collection, gathering content, working with the individual authors and pulling the work together.
The books will be free to access and will be distributed in accessible digital formats: PDF, epub, rtf through this very website and on the Amazon Kindle and Apple iBooks store.
They provide an ongoing opportunity for sharing of good practice, genuinely useful to people in FE at all levels, generating increased influence for every contributing author and associated college, provider or group. The theme for the first book has been discussed with UKFEchat contributors and it will be called...
The UKFEchat Guide: getting off to a good start.
This can encapsulate initial assessment, behaviour management, inspiring the learners, motivating staff or in fact any useful thoughts, ideas, tips, anecdotes or advice as to how to start the new academic year well. It will be published this September.
So here is what you need to do to become a published UKFEchat author:
- Write a contribution of 500-1500 words surrounding the theme ‘getting off to a good start’ (this refers to the start of term rather than the start of an FE career).
- Your contribution can take whatever form you wish: A list of tips, an essay, an anecdote, a single point which is explored in depth.... What ever works best with you.
- The tone is entirely up to you too. It can be highly academic or written with a lighter touch. Let your personality shape your work.
- The content can be tailored specifically to your vocational specialism and expertise or take a more general view. How you interpret the title is up you.
- I would suggest that you let your college know you’re involved in this project. Perhaps you could ask if the college would be interested in putting a link to the book on the website? If you’d like me to chip in, by all means do put your director of communications/deputy principal/ person who is in charge of this sort of thing in touch with me. firstname.lastname@example.org
- Your first draft needs to be with me by Tuesday 1st July.
- Please email it to me at email@example.com and I will transfer it to a Google Doc which allows us to work on it collaboratively.
- I will work with you to edit it.
If there's anything at all you'd like to discuss with me about this project, please don't hesitate to get in touch via email or Twitter.
I'm @MrsSarahSimons or you may wish to use the all new official UKFEchat Twitter address @theUKFEchat (don't forget the THE- there is another UKFEchat twitter account which has nowt to do with us!).
So..... Let’s get on with it. I can’t wait to hear from you.
Thanks so much,