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Event at Thinktank Museum the Perfect Forum for Learning about E – Learning

Further Education is as hard at work as ever in proving that it maintains its position as market leader in providing flexible learning solutions for people often excluded by education as well as using the latest in technology to offer the best learning experience and support possible.

In this landscape of learning progression, the province of E ““ learning is amongst the richest. In a bid to bring employers and work ““ based learning providers together to share experiences and best practices, the Association of Learning Providers (ALP) have announced that they are to hold a conference in April at the thinktank science and technology museum in Birmingham.

This venue was selected as the perfect site for an event designed to highlight the possibilities of e ““ learning, with an informal atmosphere and the focus on helping inform people of the benefits of technology and scientific development. The conference is entitled “Providers of the Future: exploring the potential of technology to improve learner motivation, retention and achievement within work ““ based learning.”

The Conference

The conference will feature discussion of matters pertaining to the successful use of technology and its role in the workplace and in training. More specifically, this event is aimed at those amongst the staff who are involved in future planning strategies, management and the delivery of learning. The conference will also see the launch of the new work based e ““ learning website.

Amongst the speakers confirmed for the event are Doctor Chris Yapp, who is the Head of Public Sector Innovation at Microsoft, and Doctor Bill Lucas, who is an author and a lifelong learning expert. They will be joined by Laura Overton, e ““ learning champion from Skills for Business, Punam Khosla from the Centre for Excellence in Leadership (CEL), and Chris Cooper, who is a Researcher for public policy consultancy The Mackinnon Partnership.

Comments on Best Provision

A contribution will also be made on behalf of the Learning and Skills Council (LSC). Their Director of Work Based Learning, Stephen Gardner, commented: “The best providers are innovative, constantly changing the way in which they deliver to match the needs of the employer and the young people they recruit – trying to shoehorn today’s young people into a process fit for yesterday will never deliver the highest quality.”

In what could be one of the last submissions to be made by the agency before they become a part of Ofsted, the Adult Learning Inspectorate (ALI) will also contribute. Their Chief Inspector, David Sherlock, said: “There is a growing awareness in the work-based learning sector of the benefits of Information Learning Technology in improving some learner’s motivation, retention and achievement.” To reserve your place, please call 0845 130 6142 ““ places are limited!

Jethro Marsh

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