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Exploring and Advancing Technology Innovations in Skills

An inspiring one-day conference hosted by GVS in collaboration with BCoT

On Wednesday 14 March 2018, Global Vocational Skills hosted our first conference: Exploring and Advancing Technology Innovations in Skills and we are delighted and proud to say that it was a great success!

It was delivered in collaboration with Basingstoke College of Technology, who just a week before won the 2018 TES FE Award for ‘Outstanding use of technology for improving teaching, learning and assessment’. 

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A lot of time and energy went into putting together a quality itinerary, with thought provoking presentations and engaging workshops, that would stimulate and provide a platform for open discussion and the sharing of experiences.

This was fully embraced by all those who attended, and we were thrilled to see such active involvement and participation throughout.

As colleges begin to explore the many ways they can embed digital within the curriculum, the conference provided the opportunity to explore on-the-ground case studies of how technology and blended learning have already been successfully adopted within colleges.

It also provided a great networking opportunity for those who attended, with over 40 people present from both colleges and private companies within the FE sector.

Hosts and Guest Speakers 


Anthony Bravo, Principal, Basingstoke College of Technology

Sasha Lipscombe, Managing Director, Global Vocational Skills

Peter Kilcoyne, ILT Director, Heart of Worcestershire College

Scott Hayden, Teacher & Digital Learning Ambassador, BCoT

Lesley Crane, Digital Learning & Transformation, Knowing How

Chris Kirk, Managing Director, DigitalMe (C&G Group)

Neelma Patel, Training & Development Manager, GVS

For those who were unable to make it, you will find links below to the presentations that were given in the morning session:

Sasha Lipscombe – Advancing Technology Innovations in Skills Training


Peter Kilcoyne – How the Blended Learning Consortium works and how to get involved


Scott Hayden – Co-creating meaningful and relevant digital learning with staff and students


Lesley Crane – Evidence and practice in using blended learning to improve learner outcomes


Chris Kirk – Utilising digital learning and recognition to enhance skills and productivity in the workplace


Neelma Patel – Exploring innovative ways to create bespoke digital resources for teaching and learning


We hope that the day gave everyone plenty of food for thought! We know how important it is that digital technology is utilised by colleges to stay on trend and provide effective and efficient learning, and we strongly believe blended learning is the way to do this.

We’ve seen BCoT achieve fantastic results through this approach, utilising GVS content as one of their many digital strands, and by truly embracing digital your establishment and its learners can also experience the benefits. 



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