Articles from Association for Learning Technology

New term, new demand for upskilling staff across the board

FELTAG: are we making it happen?

At a recent Inside Government event, FELTAG 2017: Embracing Digital Technology in Further Education, I followed speakers including Bob Harrison, one of the original FELTAG members like me, and William Cutler, Head of EdTech and Digital Skills Co-ordination, Department for Education, giving a keynote, and mine was on workforce development to maximise Learning Technology impact. I approached my topic in in three ways: first, I set out what questions we need to ask about skills and capabilities, second, I explored how and open online course can support workforce development and third I showcased how ALT’s accreditation scheme, CMALT, can help increase intelligent use of Learning Technology.

Digital Skills development in the workforce

As chief executive of ALT one of the questions I think about most is how we work in learning, teaching and assessment, what skills we need to do our jobs well and how we develop and recognise those skills. ALT’s work is usually focused on a specific group of professionals, those with Learning Technology as part of their role. But as Learning Technology becomes a bigger part of what institutions do, more and more roles develop a Learning Technology component and more expertise is needed. The results of ALT’s Annual Survey, for example, highlights a trend for more senior roles with a focus on Learning Technology as well as an overall increase.

Reflections from the Bett show 2015 on the future of technology for learners

At the Bett show we heard from two Ministers, who each shared their vision for the future of technology in education. In my work for the Association I have been involved in Education Technology Action Group (ETAG), as well as the Further Education Learning Technology Action Group (FELTAG), and I listened with interest to find out which ideas and recommendations would be included in their speeches.

The education and training issues that we all share

On Tuesday 10 November I had the opportunity to give oral evidence to the Commons Select Committee for their digital economy inquiry. ALT had already submitted written evidence representing our members, and this opportunity to speak to MPs about skills and professional development in a digital economy was a rare chance to have our voice heard.

Big data? Learning analytics? Do you know enough about your learners' data and what you do with it?

With policy and commercial developments firmly focused on 'big data' and all that entails, I was interested to come across quite a few sessions and speakers talking about how we use data in learning, particularly formal education at ALT's Annual Conference earlier this month.

Disruption in education on a global scale?

With less than 2 weeks to go until this year's annual conference, held at the University of Warwick, I thought you might like a preview of what is in the programme and what you can expect whether you are participating in person or online.

Shaping the future of learning together #altc

August is usually the month where everyone is on holiday. For us, it's the busiest time of year. So if you are keen to browse and think ahead of what this year's Annual Conference of the Association for Learning Technology has in store, here is a personal preview.

Putting teachers, trainers and their managers centre stage

With the end of the teaching year in sight or already here, many will look back at a year full of challenges, looking forward to a bit of a break over the summer and returning in August and September to a new cohort of learners.

Leading change - where do we start?

The Government's response to the FELTAG report was published last week. I have written about FELTAG, the Further Education Learning Technology Action Group set up by Matthew Hancock, MP and Minister of State for Skills and Enterprise, previously - and many of you will have contributed to the work of the group in some way over the past year.

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