This year’s Edtech UK Global Summit, held last week in London, was a triumph. It was packed with energetic updates from all over the sector - government policy makers, entrepreneurs, and sector professionals, all came together to share examples of how education technology (edtech) can enhance education. More than just an event, the day offered what I like to think of as a teachable moment, showing how edtech can be used to effectively support teaching and learning - and potentially playing a pivotal role in the future of education. If you couldn’t make it, live streams from the event are available via my Periscope channel.
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.
Despite the recent results of HEFCE’s 2017 national student survey, there are in fact record numbers of students enrolled on three year campus-based degree courses within UK higher education. Equally surprising, is the lack of awareness of education options amongst 82% of learners, with 77% of students also reporting that they didn’t know about alternative ways to study a degree, such as online, in this recent poll by Student Crowd*.