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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...

Edtech-Assess at Jisc Digifest

The Coralesce team attended Jisc Digifest in Birmingham on 9 March by invitation of the Education and Training Foundation to demonstrate the Edtech-Assess tool. Jisc invited Coralesce’s Director, Christina Conroy, to give a presentation on the results of the Learning Technology Self-Assessment pilot project and Edtech-Assess tool. Christina gave talks in the Pod and main breakout sessions to two packed group of participants. The team were also on hand to provide demonstrations on the tool’s use. Jisc colleagues were strongly in support of the project and keen to work in partnership in its future rollout. The clear message that came across from the sector was that it should be rolled out across the FE and Skills sector and preferably remain...

Edtech-Assess at the AELP conference

Coralesce’s Beverley Jones and Christina Conroy demonstrated the individual digital literacy tool to leaders and managers from private training providers at the AELP2020 conference exhibition in the JISC Technology zone. Individuals were provided with a personalised report so that they could identify their digital learning needs. Feedback was really positive with many indicating that they would be promoting the tools within their organisations after the event. In addition Christina spoke at the JISC/ETF Workshop on the Future Use of ICT to Support Learning at the AELP 2020 Conference. The workshop provided participants with an opportunity to join Jisc and the Education and Training Foundation in exploring practical ways in which they can address the FELTAG agenda and what this means for providers. Jisc identified ways in which they will be supporting the skills sector with its new regional support network and specialist advisers. Christina on behalf of the Foundation shared the findings of the Learning technology Self-Assessment pilot – EdTech Assess – and explored next steps for wider rollout.  Her focus was to give the workshop participants something to go away and try. Christina highlighted what the tools are, why you would use them, where they are, and key findings from the pilot. The AELP have also quoted Coralesce as a key partner in their recent Digital Technology position paper The Edtech-Assess tool will also be demonstrated at the forthcoming Jisc Digifest taking place in Birmingham from 9-10 March.  ...