The Naace professional development standards

are applied to all tutor and event accreditation, so that you can be assured that wherever and whenever you choose Naace professional development event, it will always be of the highest quality.

If you are considering the submission of an event of your own, please check the design quality standards.

If you wish to submit to be a tutor, please check the delivery quality standards.

The professional development design standards

  • Audience, overall purpose and outcomes clearly defined
    • Outcomes classified into understand (ideas/concepts) and apply (competences/skills) in the context of pedagogy
    • Impact on learning must be clearly defined, i.e. value added from the use of technology
  • Marketing should include
    • Details of booking and payment
    • Specific requirements on the audience for them to attend (e.g. beginners, need to bring info or equipment)
  • There should be pre course information, which should include
    • Description of audience overall purpose and outcomes
    • Duration
    • Programme
    • Possibly a pre course task
    • Joining instructions
    • Information about tutors
  • Blended, to include opportunities for online collaboration before, during and after the face to face
  • The different starting points and current relevant expertise of the participants must be identified early, so that all participants both contribute and make progress
  • Modularised into workshops; each workshop with its own purpose and outcomes
    • These must contribute to the overall purpose and outcomes
    • All workshops must contain a mixture of input and activity
    • All workshops must accommodate a range of learning styles
    • Technology must be used appropriately; workshops making use of technology must model good practice
  • A later workshop should provide the opportunity to reflect upon progress
  • Short and long term evaluation processes; long term ‘postcard from the past’ followed up by phone call
  • All materials/resources, both electronic and paper should
    • comply with house style
    • document versions clear
    • intellectual property status acknowledged and appropriate
    • up to date (e.g. links work)
  • Take aways – ideas for trying out in the short, medium and long term

The professional development delivery standards

  • Prior to the event
    • Check out venue
      • Sufficient space; temperature and lighting controllable
      • Seating and work areas adequate
      • Technology works; sufficient power outlets
      • Internet works; sufficient access points
    • Obtain register
  • Housekeeping should cover
    • Use of phones/devices
    • What to do in the event of emergency
    • Timing
    • Refreshments/breaks
    • Registration
  • Naming
    • All tutors introduced
    • Delegates should have name labels or named seating
    • All delegates should be addressed by their agreed first name where possible
  • Overview
    • Of event given
    • Check that this will meet the needs of the delegates
    • Online presence signposted (could be used for the overview)
  • Workshops
    • Should be active rather than passive; feedback should be taken; tutor inputs without delegate interaction no more than 15 minutes
    • A range of learning styles should be accommodated and used
    • Delegates’ differing starting points and own expertise should be acknowledged and used
    • Groupings should be varied throughout the event
    • Timings should be monitored to ensure that the needs of the participants are met
  • After the event
    • Venue should be evaluated
    • Short term evaluations should be completed and reviewed
    • Long term evaluations (postcards) should be reviewed and returned at the appropriate time
    • Event structure and content should be reviewed