Online discussion on technology use in the skills system

13th December 2013

The Further Education Learning Technology Action Group (FELTAG), convened by Minister of State for Skills and Enterprise, Matthew Hancock at the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, has launched an open online conversation to discuss the group’s findings to date and submit their own views.

As Matthew Hancock states:

“Technology has the potential to transform education as it has transformed so much else in our lives. We want to harness technology, to empower teachers, drive up standards and ultimately improve education for all. By listening to people who are using new technologies and finding what works we will be able to keep pace with rapid innovation and have a skills system that leads the rest of the world.”

NIACE has contributed to the work of FELTAG to date and we encourage others from across the sector to submit their own ideas and reports to this discussion.

Susan Easton, NIACE Programme Manager for Digital Learning, said:

“This is a wonderful opportunity for learners and teachers, staff and governors, employers and providers to identify what the skills system needs from current and emerging technologies and to share examples of effective practice, innovative approaches and inspiring outputs on the effective use of technology for learning.”

The FELTAG website is divided into sections: horizon scanning, regulation, funding, investment and capital, provider capacity, learners, employers, online English and Maths, and a wildcard section for innovative suggestions. It will remain open throughout December and January and all the comments and suggestions will be collated by BIS. This process will then inform an official report signalling the way forward for the sector and the future role of technology in achieving its ambitions.  FELTAG wants to find the best ideas available and hopes that anyone with an interest will take the time to participate.