digital learning & FELTAG

FELTAG, the Further Education Learning Technology Action Group, was convened by Minister of State for Skills and Enterprise, Matthew Hancock at the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills. The report, Paths forward to a digital future for Further Education and Skills, was published in March 2014.

The background to the FELTAG report states:

  • FE students often come from disadvantaged backgrounds.
  • many FE tutors have access to smart devices and are keen to use them in the learning process
  • some learners have great capability in using digital technology for learning

The report also highlights that tutors may lack confidence or training to use technologies to support teaching and learning. One suggestion to meet this gap in CPD opportunities is to undertake action research.

The workforce attitudes and experience survey reviewed teachers and managers perspectives on using digital technologies. The tutor survey found that there is some collaboration between tutors and learning in the use of digital technologies, but that this was predominantly done within, rather than between, organisations. The survey of managers also found that there is a reliance on organisations to allow individuals to champion technologies and there is little ‘headroom’ for tutors to take risks and try new approaches in their classrooms.

 

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