Digital Further Education: 5 Years on from FELTAG

further & higher education

08:45 - 15:50

Wednesday 26 September 2018

Central London

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This Forum provides the opportunity to explore how to take forward the principles of FELTAG, maximising the use of technology in Further Education (FE) to engage students, improve teaching and attainment and give students the skills they need for the modern workplace. Attendees will gain insights from innovative practitioners at the forefront of using cutting edge technology such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Augmented Reality (AR), in the classroom to improve student experience and enrich learning. In addition to those utilizing technology within new models of assessment to enhance their quality and effectiveness.


This Forum is specifically designed for Further Education 6th Forms and Colleges and will include Principals and Assistant Principals, Digital Learning Managers, Directors of Curriculum, Heads of IT, Directors of Quality, Directors of Teaching and Learning, E-learning Managers, Advanced Learning Practitioners, Digital Learning Managers, Technologists, Heads of Learning Resources, Learning Technologies Managers, VLE Developers and Teaching Improvement Managers. This forum is also open to the Voluntary and Private Sectors to encourage debate and networking.

Key Speakers Confirmed:
  • Will Bickford Smith, Policy Advisor – Technical Education Reform, Department for Education
  • Maren Deepwell Chief Executive, The Association for Learning Technology (ALT)
  • Sarah Knight, Senior Co-Design Manager, Jisc 
  • Bob Harrison, Member, Further Education Learning and Technology Group (FELTAG)
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The Jisc Student Digital Experience Tracker 2017 found that of 22,000 students surveyed only 50% believe their course prepared them for the Digital Workplace. With digital skills becoming ever more important it is vital new technologies are harnessed to improve students learning experience.

In June 2017 Jisc published The Evolution of FELTAG: A Glimpse at Effective Practice in UK Further Education and Skills. This evaluation of the strides made since the FELTAG recommendations clearly outlined the benefits to teaching and learning of utilising technology. The 6 core principles of FELTAG are more relevant than ever with the need to focus on investing in infrastructure, building strategic leadership within institutions, horizon scan to prepare students for the future and improve access to education for all. Moreover, new technology is revolutionizing the way students learn with cutting edge applications for Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Augmented Reality (AR) engaging students.

It is vital that the momentum generated by FELTAG is not lost and the FE sector continues to innovate and embed technology in teaching and learning, ensuring staff have the skills and confidence to effectively utilise new technologies to the benefit of the quality of assessment, attainment and student knowledge. In addition to embracing continually evolving technologies for the benefit of both students and teachers.


Registration, Refreshments and Networking


Morning Chair's Welcome Address

Bob Harrison, Member, Further Education Learning and Technology Group (FELTAG) (invited)


Morning Keynote: Exploring the FELTAG Journey – Where Next?

  • Examining how FELTAG principles have stood the test of time and how they transcend the FELTAG report
  • Exploring the ‘education without barriers’ component of FELTAG and how assessment can be enhanced to embrace technological advances
  • Evaluating how FELTAG fits within the governments digital skills agenda and the new Digital Skills Strategy
  • Sharing best practice examples of colleges harnessing technology to improve teaching and learning

Bob Harrison, Member, Further Education Learning and Technology Group (FELTAG) (CONFIRMED)


Special Keynote: Evaluating the Progress Made on FELTAG - What More Must be Done?

  • Exploring the implications of not making sufficient progress on parts of the FELTAG recommendations five years on
  • Starting a dialogue on the key areas where improvements must be made in order to maximise the benefits of technology for learners
  • Examining the funding context FE is operating within and its impact on the effective use of digital technology
  • Reflecting upon one hope for digital technology in learning for the next year

Maren Deepwell, CEO, Association for Learning Technology (CONFIRMED)


Questions and Answers Session


Refreshments and Networking


The Role of Government in Driving Forward the FELTAG Agenda

  • Exploring the next steps to take forward the FELTAG agenda and how this interacts with policy updates including the Digital Skills for the UK Economy Report 2016
  • Examining how technological skills have come to be seen by many as the ‘fourth Industrial Revolution’: What needs to be done to equip students with the skills to succeed in the modern workplace?
  • Assessing the current funding landscape for further education sector and how colleges can obtain funding for educational technology

William Cutler, Head of EdTech and Digital Skills Coordination, Department for Education (invited)


Case Study: Working in Partnership with Teachers to Develop Effective New Educational Technology

  • Outlining the aims of the EDUCATE project and how its unique model brings together college teachers, university academics and industry to design the technology of the future
  • Sharing lessons from the process of accessing £4.5 million of funding through developing match funding arrangements with the European Regional Development Fund and UCL’s partners: UCL Engineering, the British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA), Nesta and F6S
  • Utilising practical experience from within classrooms and research evidence to ensure educational technology is designed with student needs at the forefront
  • Collaborating with teachers to provide mentoring and supporting them to develop their innovative classroom based technological practice in a scaleable way
  • Exploring effective ways of measuring the impact of technology on attainment and engagement

Dr Rose Luckin, Institute of Education, UCL (invited)


Questions and Answers Session


Lunch and Networking


Afternoon Chair's Welcome Address

Paul McKean, Head of Further Education and Skills, Jisc (CONFIRMED)


Afternoon Keynote: How Are FE and Skills Learners Using Technology?

  • Evaluating findings from the 2018 Jisc Student Digital Experience Tracker which surveyed over 42,000 students across HE, FE and Skills and assessing its potential impact on future teaching practice
  • Outlining how the Digital Capabilities Discovery Tool can be used by individual staff and students to reflect on their practice and capability in the use of digital tools for learning and teaching
  • Examining how to build strong mutually beneficial staff-student partnerships to encourage staff to embrace technology

Sarah Knight, Head of Change: Student Experience, Jisc (CONFIRMED)


Special Keynote: Enhancing Digital Skills Through the New T-Levels

  • Sharing how the Government’s vision for T levels complements the FELTAG agenda, with all T levels having digital skills embedded within the technical qualification
  • Explaining what the T levels will look like from the Digital route, including the T level which is due to be delivered from September 2020
  • Sharing insights from the Government’s Response to the public consultation on T level implementation

Will Bickford Smith, Policy Advisor – Technical Education Reform, Department for Education (CONFIRMED)


Case Study: Examining What Makes a Successful Approach to Digital Learning – Insights from a College

  • Outlining the journey to winning the 2018 Times Educational Supplement ‘Outstanding use of Technology for Improving Teaching, Learning and Assessment’ Award
  • Examining the benefits of taking a strategic approach to using digital technology and how this was successfully formulated and embedded
  • Supporting staff and investing in infrastructure to enable staff to feel confident utilising technology in the classroom: Putting together a digital team whose purpose it is to develop the digital and technical skills of all staff and students
  • Creating a team of student digital leaders and enabling meaningful independent learning through blended learning approaches

Scott Hayden, Digital Innovation Specialist, Basingstoke College of Technology (CONFIRMED)


Questions and Answers Session


Refreshments and Networking


Case Study: Developing a Whole-Institution Strategic Approach to Embedding Technology

  • Creating a ‘Department of Innovation’ based within the Quality Department: Examining the benefits to the whole college group of structuring the technological specialists team in this way
  • Outlining the key tenants of the Substitution, Augmentation, Modification and Redefinition (SAMR) model and its impact on teaching practice within the college
  • Supporting educators skills to develop through the ‘Level Up’ initiative: Benefitting from a cascade approach which initially enabled the Innovate team to train over 50% of staff to feel confident utilising a new technology in a 6 month period
  • Discussing the relationship between technology and accessibility and how initiatives such as out of hours skype sessions with staff contributed to the Institute winning the ‘Leading Light’ and ‘Beacon Award for Widening Participation in Learning ‘from the Association of Colleges

Debra Gray, Principal, Grimsby Institute (CONFIRMED)


Case Study: Fostering Cultural Change to Maximise the Effectiveness of Technology Enhanced Learning

  • Placing teaching and learning at the core of the college’s approach then constantly reviewing and evaluating how technology can assist with achieving these aims: Fostering a spirit of innovation and creativity across all staff
  • Adapting the college timetable to meet learners needs more effectively by moving from 1 hour lessons to longer blocks of teaching, and introducing devices for both staff and students in the form of iPad minis: Examining the impact of this approach
  • Exploring how the Curious & Creative Learning Strategy continues to evolve to maximise the benefits of technology and embed a blended learning approach
  • Outlining the impact on attracting students with student numbers rising by 27% since the personal learning strategy was introduced in 2014

Simon Barrable, Deputy Principal, Portsmouth College (CONFIRMED)


Questions and Answers Session


Chair's Closing Remarks

*programme subject to change


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