We were all hugely excited about our planned AP Conference in Birmingham which would celebrate all that had been achieved on the ETF ‘Professional Development Programme for Advanced Practitioners’ and lay the groundwork for the future. The event was over-subscribed, and we had grand plans, investing in a larger venue than last year, with gifts of AP canvas bags, toolkits and excellent catering for our 125 participants. Little did we know that, as the coronavirus pandemic took hold, our plans would have to change and a virtual event would become the order of the day.
Thus we began quickly to prepare #APConnect Live which turned out to be a huge success, not only involving 125 people on the day, but enabling many, many more to access the event in their own time at a later stage from anywhere.
The day was housed on a landing page for easy navigation. The landing page hosted:
- a welcome video
- a (virtual) registration desk
- live Zoom rooms
- Jamboard (collecting twitter handles)
- Facebook room
- LinkedIn room
- Instagram room
- Wellbeing rooms
- Bookshop (housing the AP toolkit)
- Market place (Padlet housing all AP presentations – including those scheduled to present at the physical event)
- APConnectLive Film Festival (videos produced by year 1 collaborative projects and CPP only QI projects)
The day included an excellent keynote presentation on the power of coaching from Rachael Lofthouse of @CollectivED1 as well as the superb collaborative project workshops led by Myerscough College and Bolton College with Hopwood Hall. And the good news is: #APConnect Live exists now as a permanent (and growing) resource which you can all access. A fitting tribute to the exceptional work of the last two years and a celebration of the AP role and all that it can achieve.
You can browse feedback from the day here.