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Making access easier: better by design

How many of us have been out and about and been frustrated by something we couldn't do, by a problem we've spotted, or by the sneaking suspicion that, given the chance, we could set something straight and improve things for ourselves and for others?

The future for FE – a vision for the next five years

Paul McKean, head of FE and skills at Jisc, the education sector’s technology solutions not-for-profit, discusses how colleges and skills providers can become efficient and financially stable, while also providing an excellent learning experience that produces a workforce with the skills required to help the UK economy thrive post-Brexit and beyond

Making resources accessible and inclusive for all learners

Look around the average campus today and it's likely you'll find provision for people with physical disabilities, such as ramps for wheelchairs and walking aids.

A year to get your act together: how universities and colleges should be preparing for new data regulations

It’s out with the old and in with the new in May 2018 as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) sweeps into effect to replace the Data Protection Act (DPA). As the world moves into an ever more digital direction, our personal data, how it is used and who has access to it has become a global concern for all of us.

How further education colleges can benefit from shared data centres

What are your data and computing requirements likely to look like in five years' time? How about ten? Will you have the right level of infrastructure and expertise to support them? It's a difficult but necessary line of questioning if colleges are to properly assess and evolve to meet their future needs.

Government recommends 50% online provision by 2017

There is one part of the government response to the FELTAG recommendations that has really got teachers and managers in FE and skills talking This much discussed point is the aim to increase the amount of content delivered online to ten percent by the end of the 2014-15 academic year, and to 50% by 2017.

Move over ICT – digital literacy becomes the third Essential Skill in Wales

The UK's digital skills shortage never feels as if it's too far from the headlines so perhaps it's not surprising that we're starting to see digital capabilities move higher up the political agenda.For all the talk of FELTAG and its 10% online requirement I would argue that we're seeing bigger advocacy – and a far bolder move – by Welsh Government, which is updating its Essential Skills qualification to include digital literacy.Digital as a key skillYou'll probably know the name Essential Skills in Northern Ireland, but in England you'll likely recognise them as 'Functional Skills', or 'Core Skills' in Scotland.Like these other nations, previously the Essential Skills Wales qualification focused on developing learner competencies in English, maths and ICT. However, last year the Welsh Government recognised that an ICT qualification focusing largely on Microsoft programmes wasn't going to cut it in supporting students to gain the dynamic digital skills they would need to support them in adapting with evolving digital technologies at home and in work.The decision was taken that from September 2015, digital literacy would replace ICT as the third Essential Skill. Bear in mind that Essential Skills is a compulsory element for anyone studying towards an apprenticeship or foundation learning programme and you start to get an idea of the number of people the digital literacy programme will impact.Guiding the transitionSince the changes were announced last year, with my Jisc colleagues and other sector bodies such as Colleges Wales, I have been working closely with Welsh Government. Our joint goal has been to support the development of a digital capabilities framework that incorporates the best bits from all of the leading digital literacies model, and is flexible enough to adapt as popular thinking changes, so that it can evolve with the needs of learners.I believe the framework that the Welsh Government has launched does just this. It offers six themes across six levels, from Entry 1 to Level 3. These themes include:

Friend or foe? Social media for learning

Social media has taken a bit of a hammering in recent weeks. The controversy surrounding and their sites safety may well have put learning providers off officially sanctioning social media as a communication channel for their learners. The headaches over safeguarding, time wasting, privacy and control may be just too much to address for colleges and many actually see social media as a threat to heavily-invested-in virtual learning environments (VLEs).

Is the role of the teacher dead?

Not a week goes by without another news article on the rise of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and the availability of free online learning resources.

The #FutureofEducation technology, today

Few people would deny that the learning landscape has transformed over the last few years, particularly when it comes to the proliferation of education technologies.

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