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Unconventional approach to tackling employability issues

What's the very hottest of all the hot topics facing learning and skills providers at the moment? Employability must be one of the strongest contenders for the title, which is why we've chosen it as the theme for LearnPod14, this year's unconference for FE colleges and skills providers in the North.

Odds against you? Need help? Call the Equaliser

If you are old enough to remember the late 1980s, chances are you will recall the Equalizer, an American television show starring the British actor Edward Woodward. He placed an advertisement in the paper inviting people to ring him if they needed help.

Making space for learning

Many of us have seen TV makeover programmes in which homes, community buildings or offices have been refurbished. To me one of the most interesting aspects is the owners' reactions. The tears and laughter demonstrate the importance to us of the spaces we inhabit, to the ways we live and work.

Boosting attainment through gamification

Benjamin Franklin famously said "Tell me and I forget, teach me and I remember, involve me and I learn" and it's this idea that people learn more when they're fully engaged which drives much of the development of serious games, or interactive educational software.

Helping FE colleges in England remain online

The use of the internet is critical to FE colleges. In FE internet connections enhance teaching and learning including online examinations, allow the submission of course work remotely and support virtual learning environments. As well as of course enabling video conferencing to take place, as discussed by my colleague Esther Barrett last month.

Getting the best out of web conferencing

As a teacher I know that you need a different approach towards online learning and planning than traditional classroom study. Over the last few years budgets across FE and skills have become tighter and tighter, which has meant a squeeze on the funds available for face-to-face meetings.

Technology to create a ‘lean forward’ experience for learners

Not for the first time, there’s a sense in the further education and skills sector that everything is in a state of flux. Government initiatives like New Challenges, New Chances and Rigour and Responsiveness in Skills are setting a vision for a world-class education system and a responsive, flexible FE and skills sector. The aim is to put learners at the heart of the education system while, at the same time, disruptive technologies (think smart devices and cloud computing) are challenging the way we think about teaching and learning.

Technology - changing the tools of the teaching trade

Back in a July edition of FE News my colleague Christine Comrie, information officer for RSC Yorkshire and Humber, came to the conclusion that it's not extinction that's facing teachers, it's simply evolution. Evolution triggered by the rapid development of digital technologies, the ready availability of free online courses and learning resources, and by a broadening out of the definition of learning. Now, she argued, it can often be a social, experiential process that goes beyond the traditional transfer of information from teacher to student. But if teachers are still needed, just differently – how are they adapting? And how can learning providers help them keep up with the pace of change?

FE and skills providers are meeting the FELTAG challenge

Further education (FE) and skills in the UK has come up against a lot of challenges in the last few years. Does FELTAG still have a place in this landscape? Absolutely! In fact, I'd argue more so now than ever.

Cyber security alert issued following rising attacks on UK academia

The @NCSC has issued an alert to the academic sector following a spate of online attacks against UK schools, colleges and universities.

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