Incentive8 Podcast: When is an eLearning Adviser not an eLearning Adviser?

We propose to publish a series of podcasts on the use of technology in the FE & Skills education sector, technology that is fit for the 21st century.

Correction – Fit for the year 2016 – back in the year 2000, most of the technology that we use in everyday life was unheard of.

You can also follow The Incentive8 Podcast on Spreaker and Soundcloud.
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Share what you find…..find what you share!

From guest writer Paul Warren.

Just recently, a number of things have begun to capture my interest with regard to the way in which technology is utilised to engage students in their learning. One of the things which particularly interests me is the seeming disparity between the wealth of available information about, and the apparent lack of promotion of, digital tools and resources which can aid our learners with their studies. [Read more…]

Embrace eLearning and all its benefits

From guest writer, John Dalziel:

I wrote the notes, on which this post is based, just over a year ago with the view to add to my podcasts. It didn’t happen, for lots of reasons but, having found my notes again, thought I’d share it with you.

With or without the suggestions from FELTAG, does your organisation have a huge bank of courses to be developed and rolled-out to learners?

Are you, like so many other learning providers, unsure of how to approach this daunting task? [Read more…]

Managing with 2020 vision

What does the future hold for education?

From guest writer Phil Parker.

The pace of change in education makes it hard to imagine what life will be like in our schools and colleges five years from now, in 2020. Yet that was the purpose of The Horizon Report 2014 where the views of 850 international experts coalesced into the following conclusions:

  • Integration of online, hybrid and collaborative learning will be the fastest growing trend in education
  • There will be a sharp and significant rise of data-driven learning, (what many are calling educational data mining)
  • One major challenge will be addressing the low level of digital fluency of staff (and some students)
  • Another challenge will be keeping education relevant to the world of employment in the 21st century where a chasm is likely to open between what students can do with digital technology and what employers expect from them
  • Flipped classrooms will be a major driving force for change since it utilises online learning, encourages creativity, can improve attainment and provides learner analytics.

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When is a eLearning adviser, not an eLearning adviser?

For several years my role has been known as an eLearning Adviser, or is it e-Learning Adviser? With or without the hyphen it is an unhelpful title as it means different things to different organisations and to coin a phrase initiated by Craig Taylor several years ago – when are they going to take the ‘e’ out of ‘eLearning’ anyway. Well, when are they? [Read more…]

Problem, what problem?

When running a food manufacturing company in an earlier life, a young engineer that I had called in to address a packaging machine problem, asked about the antics going on at a different machine which had operators going to great lengths to ‘keep the production line going.’ I explained that we hadn’t time to shut down for the few days it would take to fix it, as we would be late delivering orders and so would make do until we could find the time to sort it out.

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When is an IT strategy, not an IT strategy?

Strategy IT

In the context of using technology in the FE & Skills sector, all too often it’s when there isn’t an up to date strategy in the first place, other than in the minds of the executive and or the IT department. Many strategies were produced/written when Becta or LSIS had money to give to colleges for technology enhancements which required an IT strategy. Not many have been updated since.

Even allowing for some truly remarkable exceptions, it is my experience that many Learning Providers in the FE & Skills sector, do not have a comprehensive vision for using and or introducing technology in a cohesive manner and often no formal strategy or action plan to make appropriate use of departmental purchases of hardware or software, let alone make it part of a strategic objective. We know this because? [Read more…]