Do you have natural history expertise and a desire to inspire and engage others in your learning?

The Field Studies Council has an 80-year history of delivering high quality natural history courses across the country, and we want to up-skill and invest in new tutors to continue to inspire and engage adult learners with the natural world.

What will the course cover?

  • Theories of teaching and learning
  • Examples of virtual engagement tools
  • Management of online groups
  • Zoom display settings for tutors

Who should attend?

Anybody who wishes to further develop their online training skills to inspire and engage others with the natural world is welcome to register. However, if you are attending with the intention of becoming a Field Studies Council Biodiversity tutor, please note that we ask that you can demonstrate the following: 

  • Expertise in your chosen area of biodiversity/natural history/ecology. 
  • Experience in training of adults to achieve learning outcomes for their personal interest or professional development. 

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This training course will cover the core skills and considerations needed deliver an effective and engaging online adult natural history session.

This course includes two hours of self-study content followed by a live webinar.

By the end of the course, you will:

  • Have further developed skills to inspire, engage, and train others in your area of expertise.
  • Have networked with other experts, connecting and learning from each another.
  • Have gained new ideas to enhance your teaching and shared effective approaches with others.

Prior Knowledgewe require anyone who becomes a Field Studies Council Biodiversity course tutor to complete our foundation course. This is a two hour self-led course covering the basics of tutoring with the organisation. We highly recommend that you complete this course prior to attendance on the bookable courses. You will be sent login details for this before your online course starts.

Please note – bookings will close two working days before the course start date to allow for all participants to be enrolled to the online platform – bookings will not be taken after this time.*

*Bookings will close sooner if course capacity is reached  

Understand how our online courses are delivered here. 

Live Webinar Information

You will attend one hour long live webinar as part of this course. You will have the option to attend either of the below dates (both sessions contain the same material):

  • Tuesday 15th October 2024 1pm – 2pm
  • Thursday 17th October 2024 7pm – 8pm

Please note – webinars will be recorded and uploaded to the virtual learning platform for learners unable to attend.

Please note this course is specifically aimed at delivery of adult courses. This course is not suitable for training children.  Please view our Group Leader and Teacher Training or Work with Us pages for those interested in other opportunities with the Field Studies Council.

About the Tutor

Dan Asaw

Dan is a keen educator and Coleopterist. He has experience working within education as a teaching assistant and loves the opportunity to share his experiences and knowledge with a range of audiences. Dan’s interest in invertebrates started at a young age and as a teenager he was already rearing praying mantids in his bedroom. From there, he began rearing exotic invertebrate disease vectors for scientific research at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

In his spare time, he has volunteered integrating UK beetles into the Natural History Museum Collection. He is often found digging through wood piles and utilising a variety of trapping methods to find and identify beetles. He is an active member of the Herts Invertebrate project and Hertfordshire Natural History Society, and has helped generate some significant county records in this capacity.

Example Timetable

Timetable

Self study content will go live on Tuesday 1st October 2024 at 10:00. This will take approximately 2 hours of your time.

You are given a choice of attending one of the following options for your hour long live webinar:

  • Tuesday 15th October 1pm – 2pm
  • Thursday 17th October 7pm-8pm

Webinars will be recorded and made available 24 hours after the call has ended.

What's Included

The course has been carefully created to help you continue to build and develop your knowledge as the course progresses. With content crafted to the online Moodle Platform and bespoke to the Field Studies Council.

The course includes:

  • A 60 minute long interactive Zoom webinar to connect with the tutor and other participants
  • Expert tuition for which the Field Studies Council is renowned
  • Tailored course completion certificate

Recommended Devices

It is recommended that you access your course through a PC or laptop. Please be aware that there will be reduced functionality if you decide to access the course through a tablet or smartphone. The Field Studies Council is unable to email content directly to you.

Before You Attend

Accessing Your Course

  • Once you sign up you’ll receive an email at least 24 hours in advance of the course opening with details of how to access our easy-to-use platform, Moodle.
  • Moodle can be accessed through a browser or an app.
  • Webinars are via Zoom so you won’t need any new software to attend.

Course Preparation

We require anyone who becomes a Field Studies Council Biodiversity course tutor to complete our foundation course. This is a 2-hr self-led course covering the basics of tutoring with the organisation. We highly recommend that you complete this course prior to attendance on the bookable courses. You will be sent login details for this before your in-person course starts.

Opportunities to attend this course

  • Tue 01, October 2024 10:00 - Tue 05, November 2024 17:00

    Course content is available from Tuesday 1st October until Tuesday 5th November 2024. This course gives participants a choice of two live webinar slots:

    • Tuesday 15th October 2024 1pm – 2pm
    • Thursday 17th October 2024 7pm - 8pm

    Location
    Virtual
    Price
    £20.00
    Tutor
    Dan Asaw

Biodiversity: Train the Trainer

We also offer a course for tutors delivering in-person training.

Progress Your Learning

This is a training course from the Field Studies Council, delivered by expert tutors with an approachable learning style. After attending this course, you may like to progress your learning with further relevant courses or branch out into other areas of natural history. The Field Studies Council offers both online and in person courses, so you can choose the learning style that suits you best.

The course gives you the opportunity to immerse yourself in a new subject and acquire novel skills. Our online portal gives you time to study at your own pace and fit the lessons around your own schedule.

If you have any questions about our courses please check out our Frequently Asked Questions or email [email protected].