FELTAG 2017: Embracing Digital Technology in Further Education

further & higher education

08:45 - 16:35

Thursday 21 September 2017

Congress Centre, Central London

This Forum provides participants with a valuable opportunity to hear a progress update on the continued transformation of the sector by putting technology at the core of institutions in response to the Further Education Learning and Technology Group (FELTAG) recommendations. Attendees will discover the opportunities afforded by embedding tailored learning technology at all levels of FE and how it can be best applied to the benefit of staff and students alike.


This forum is specifically designed for Further Education 6th Forms and Colleges and attendees will include Principals and Assistant Principals, Digital Learning Managers, Directors of Curriculum, Directors of Teaching and Learning, E-learning Managers, Heads of Learning Resources, Learning Technologies Managers, Programme Managers and Teaching Improvement Managers. This forum is also open to the Private Sector to encourage debate.

Key Speakers Confirmed:
  • 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)
  • William Cutler, Head of EdTech and Digital Skills Co-ordinationDepartment for Education (DfE)
  • Chris Jones, Specialist Advisor, FE & Skills, Ofsted
*Click here to see the other speakers and detailed programme*


Policy Background

Initially published as a 2013 report designed to bring about ‘the agile evolution of the FE sector,’ FELTAG has become a movement with significant momentum that can dramatically transform the provision of FE in the fields of learning, teaching and assessment.

Jisc’s 2017 publication, The evolution of FELTAG: a glimpse at effective practice in UK further education and skills, took a fresh look at the digital landscape of the UK FE and skills sector in the context of a post-Brexit digital skills drive. The need to use technology in FE institutions to unlock previously unforeseen benefits that include the promotion of independent-learning, the enhancement of teacher learning technology development and the bolstering of relationships between FE colleges and employers has never been more pronounced.

In March 2015 the FE and skills coalition, representing the entire FE sector, was assembled to evaluate the progress of and encourage FELTAG recommendation delivery. Outcomes have included the digitalisation of FE institutional leadership, increased college future-proofing and resilience and the deployment of technology to better connect learners and employers.

With a renewed focus on technology in FE and an ever-changing technological landscape, now is the time for staff at all levels to embrace and commit to driving the expansion of Integrated Learning Technology (ILT) and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) as part of a more responsive forward-thinking approach to Further Education delivery.

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Registration, Refreshments & Networking


Chair’s Welcome Address

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


Morning Keynote: What's Next for the FELTAG Agenda?

  • Assessing FELTAG successes and shortcomings: At what stage is the FELTAG agenda at in its implementation?
  • Demonstrating the value added by successfully implementing the FELTAG agenda to learners, administrators, teachers and future employers
  • Clarifying the value of FELTAG as a movement that removes teaching barriers going beyond its status as a report
  • Underlining the importance of learning technologies given the renewed focus on the role of digital skills
  • Understanding the need to future-proof learning technology on a continuous basis so as to retain a responsive infrastructure

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


Special Keynote: The Government's Perspective Towards FELTAG in 2017

  • Evaluating the FELTAG Agenda within the context of the 2016 Digital Skills for the UK Economy report and the Post-16 Skills Plan and Independent Report on Technical Education
  • Stressing how innovative development learning technology can complement government FE policy priorities of enhancing the skills system, and raising the profile of apprenticeships and technical education
  • Establishing how best to obtain funding to transform and modernise the FE sector through FELTAG
  • Emphasising the value of the continuity of purpose for FELTAG amidst a changing political and technological landscape

William Cutler, Head of EdTech and Digital Skills Co-ordinationDepartment for Education (DfE) (CONFIRMED)


Sponsored Session: Driving Student Success With Modern VLE Technology.

  • How to embrace a diverse range of student demographic by way of innovation
  • Moving to a one size fits me model to provide personalisation at scale
  • How to supporting learners with unique and disadvantaged backgrounds
  • Defining learner analytics and how that translates to intervention and progression

Riley Cerven, Account Executive – Further Education, D2L Europe Ltd (CONFIRMED)


Interactive Questions and Answers Session


Refreshments and Networking


Case Study: Transforming College-Thinking By Embracing Technology

  • Cementing the use of learning technology across all teams as part of a TES FE award-winning approach
  • Implementing a 5 year strategy that uses technology to encourage entrepreneurship, innovation, staff development and business processes whilst taking a proactive response to a review of strategy impact
  • Transforming the culture among governors, teachers and students to enable the use of technology for driving through improvements both to teaching practice and to business efficiencies
  • Engaging staff and students with a digital beach hut and lounge where emerging technologies can be experimented with as part of a principle of ‘digital by default’
  • Introducing a scale of online delivery for the majority of full-time courses (on a scale of 15% – 30%) that demonstrate efficiency gains

Cathy Ellis, Director of Research and Development, Highbury College (CONFIRMED)


Case Study: Developing Student-Staff Partnerships to Enhance Digital Capabilities

  • Introducing the Digital Voice Xperts (DVX) scheme where learners share their knowledge to improve the digital capabilities of their peers and teachers
  • Fostering student-staff relations whilst sharing learner expertise to create reusable presentations, web pages and videos to show how important it is to use online tools creatively, effectively and safely
  • Creating pathways for learners to gain work experience and employability skills while staff benefit from the enthusiasm and skills only students can bring to an initiative
  • Championing the case for the pedagogic value of digital technologies in teaching and learning by making the dissemination of advice, training and support part of the process of preparing learners for the DVX role

Vikki Liogier, Head of Digital Literacy, Voice and Innovation and Brad Forsyth, Digital Voice Xpert, Epping Forest College (CONFIRMED)


Sponsored Session: Taking Curriculum Out of The Box - Democratising Learning For The Mobile and Smart Generation

  • Turning teaching from passive ingestion of rote material into active learning
  • Turning one size fits all teaching methods into personalised and self paced learning
  • Putting a classroom in every student’s pocket instead of every student in a classroom
  • Reducing dropout rates and achieved and Ofsted Outstanding award.

Graham Raddings, Learning Innovation Manager, Grimsby Institute (CONFIRMED)


Questions and Answers Session


Lunch and Networking


Afternoon Keynote: Making the Case for Continuous FELTAG Implementation

  • Helping FE staff at all levels to identify likely barriers and challenges of FELTAG implementation and how to overcome them
  • Working closely with funders, sector agencies and providers to ensure Jisc constantly understands the latest sector priorities and challenges
  • Ensuring FELTAG recommendations function as a ‘living document’ to respond to the changing nature of FE challenges
  • Discussing the future of technology in the FE sector: How to encourage technologically disengaged teachers and trainers to adopt new digital techniques
  • Promoting risk-taking in the funding of innovative digital learning technologies to provide industry-standard FE infrastructure

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


Special Keynote: Focussing on Workforce Development to Maximise Learning Technology Impact

  • Ensuring colleges work together to tackle collective concerns: Supporting workforce skill development as part of the area review process
  • Providing free Blended Learning Essentials (BLE) courses to FE staff to help embed a culture of digital confidence and to expand dissemination to students and colleagues alike
  • Fostering a culture of communicating successful digital innovations, skills training and competency development options within the FELTAG Special Interest Group best practice sharing community
  • Ensuring staff have the level of knowledge and confidence to fully utilise opportunities presented by FELTAG and understand the broader applications of FE learning technologies

Maren Deepwell,  Chief Executive, The Association for Learning Technology (ALT) (CONFIRMED)


Case Study: The Blended Learning and Development Consortia: Blended Learning - The Foundation of Digital Transformation Strategy

  • Explaining that effective blended learning is not just at the heart of digital transformation – it is the heart
  • Emphasising the importance of strategy – digital learning strategy, not just e-learning strategy
  • Clarifying that strategy requires commitment and implementation in order to see tangible results
  • Understanding that strategy must be designed and sustained as unique to the culture and context of the business

Dr Lesley Crane, LDC Coordinator, Learning and Development Consortium and Heart of Worcestershire College (CONFIRMED)


Interactive Questions and Answers Session


Refreshments and Networking


Case Study: Creating a College-Wide Technology Friendly Teaching Environment

  • Understanding the value of harmonising all college activities to achieve the goal of transforming learning and teaching
  • Using a strategy (2014-18) and clear objectives as the basis for creating a learning technology friendly environment
  • Achieving a single digital platform to enable uniform access to information and services across all our campuses: Providing a strong digital foundation for further development
  • Combining learning & teaching strategies with the IT strategy as part of a Creative Learning Strategy to ensure continuity of purpose across all parts of the college

Dr Ken Thomson, Principal and Chief Executive, Forth Valley College (CONFIRMED)


Closing Keynote: Assessing the Value of Learning Technologies in Further Education

  • Detailing Ofsted’s vision for the role of learning technology in providing outstanding leadership and management, outcomes, quality of provision, capacity to improve and overall effectiveness
  • Clarifying Ofsted requirements for learning technology use given a focus on addressing digital skills shortages
  • Explaining how FELTAG factors into inspections and can contribute to outstanding Further Education provision
  • Highlighting examples of good digital practice that have transformed outcomes

Chris Jones, Specialist Advisor, FE & Skills, Ofsted (CONFIRMED)


Questions and Answers Session


Chair’s Summary and Close

*Programme subject to change


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