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Pioneering programme is launched to improve the nation’s digital skills

Teachers are being given the opportunity to improve their technology skills, enabling them to better support young people in the expanding digital economy. The Career Colleges Trust launched its new programme of pioneering digital CPD at the House of Lords this morning, during a breakfast event hosted by Lord Baker. Over 40 guests attended, including the Minister of State for Apprenticeships and Skills, Robert Halfon MP. Commissioned by the Education and Training Foundation to develop the online training, the Career Colleges Trust has worked in partnership with Ideas4Learning and Coralesce to design four 5-hour bitesize courses. These are aimed specifically at educators working across schools, colleges and learning providers. The new training focuses on helping teachers to develop digital skills in the following areas:  Video learning; Social Media in Teaching and Learning; Online Assessment; Effective use of Online Meeting and Webinar Technologies. Addressing guests at today’s event, Minister of State for Apprenticeships and Skills, Robert Halfon MP, said: “It is extremely encouraging to be here today, hearing about work being done to improve the digital skills of our nation. As we are all aware, modern Britain operates in a digital economy and this is set to expand further over the coming years. “We must prepare and equip the next generation with the skills they need to go into employment – where chances are they will need to either work with, or develop, digital technology. “This is, undoubtedly a priority for us. I am therefore pleased to hear more about the work being done by the Career Colleges Trust, in association with the Education and Training Foundation, to develop accessible CPD...

Career Colleges Trust wins contract to develop digital skills training courses

With its recognised team of digital experts, the Career Colleges Trust has been commissioned and funded by the Education and Training Foundation to develop four digital CPD courses. The aim of the project, which will build on the resources of the ETF’s Learning Futures Project, is to help improve digital skills of teachers within the learning and skills sector, developing their ability to use technology confidently in the classroom. Working in partnership with Ideas 4 Learning, Barking & Dagenham College and Coralesce Ltd, the Trust will develop this pioneering provision in the form of four online courses. Each course will focus on a specific area of digital development: Video learning; Social Media in Teaching and Learning; Online Assessment; Effective use of Online Meeting and Webinar Technologies. Each five guided learning hour course will be supported by an online tutor and will be available from January 2017 via ETF Foundation Online Learning and enrolment will open week commencing 5th December. On successful completion of one or more of the courses, learners will then be eligible for direct progression onto the nationally-accredited NCFE Level 4 Technology Enabled Educator award run by the Trust. Bev Jones, Director of Operations at the Career Colleges Trust, says: “We are delighted to have been chosen by the ETF to develop much-needed digital skills CPD for the education sector. “The Career Colleges Trust is well positioned to both develop and promote these online courses, with our network of colleges and our emphasis on digital technology within teaching and learning. “We look forward to working with the ETF and helping to equip teachers with the skills and...

Less than 20% of provision have at least 10% online

The Education and Training Foundation Learning Technology Self- Assessment Study in 2014/15on the use of learning technology and online learning in a stratified sample of 40 learning and skills providers found that it was the people issues that remain the biggest barrier to going digital. One of the biggest weaknesses identified was that leaders and managers lacked the digital skills to create and lead an integrated digital learning strategy for their departments, faculties and whole institutions. The impact for institutions was low use of learning technologies and a modest use of blended and online learning with less than 20% of provision having at least 10% online. As a result of these findings the Education & Training Foundation through their ELMAG programme have commissioned Coralesce to develop a Level 5 Digital Leadership Programmeto enable middle and senior managers to develop their strategic digital vision to future proof their institutions. “Over the last three years we have been undertaking research in the sector on learning technologies and digital learning and have compiled a comprehensive body of knowledge. We took our inspiration from North America for designing this programme”, says Christina Conroy OBE, Development Director. “After several visits we recognised that American and Canadian Community Colleges were at least 3-4 years ahead of providers in our learning and skills sector. Although the use of learning technologies, blended and online learning is relatively low at the moment this will significantly change over the next 5 years.” “Key drivers like area reviews, funding cuts, technological change, changing government policy and the potential for growth by reaching out to new learners in non-traditional ways will...

New tool for leaders and managers in development

We are busy developing a digital literacy analysis tool for leaders and managers which provides an audit of management skills. This is an important element of our new digital toolkit, Going Digital. It will also be offered to leaders taking our ETF ELMAG funded Level 5  course in Digital Leadership. The tool should be available in September...