NIACE webinars to help implement FELTAG recommendations

9 September 2014

Providers planning to implement FELTAG recommendations to increase their use of learning technology will benefit from a series of regular NIACE webinars.

The government’s response to the FELTAG recommendations published in June confirmed the government’s commitment to the use of technology for learning. FELTAG is not the first report to advocate for increased use of technology in post-16 education, but is the first to link recommendations directly to the key drivers of funding and inspection.

While there are already many examples of effective use of learning technology, providers have concerns on how they will meet the FELTAG challenge. In support, NIACE is hosting a regular series of free webinars, where FE practitioners and providers can learn from each other, from national agencies, educationalists and learners – from the UK and further afield.

The first session that took place – Meeting Learners’ Needs – had presentations and discussions on VOOC© and MOOCs, 21st Century learning skills and curating online resources.

Susan Easton, NIACE’s Head of Digital Learning, said:

“It isn’t as simple as just having a website. It’s tempting for providers to just put some of their learning online, but that’s mostly old ideas with a new name. Online learning at scale can widen participation in learning. They can be of great benefit in helping people to learn throughout their lives, and preparing them for the digital future, but we need to take the needs of all adult learners into account –especially those with lower levels of skills. Online learning needs to offer personalised learning experiences to engage different audiences. Our first webinar is considering how technology can really accommodate these needs.”