Join us at the Inside Government event on 26 September, London
At the upcoming forum, Digital Further Education: 5 Years on from FELTAG, the use of digital technology in further education (FE) will be the topic of discussion. Five years on from the formation of the Further Education Learning Technology Action Group (FELTAG), this is an opportunity for stakeholders in FE to explore how to improve the student experience and enrich learning through technology and the use of virtual learning environments (VLEs).
The VLE and apprenticeships
We are looking forward to presenting on the topic of The Value of Modern VLE Technology in Delivering Apprenticeships and exploring how the VLE can help deliver flexible FE and apprenticeship programmes that attract and engage today’s learners.
With apprenticeships and other ways of learning-while-earning gaining in popularity, there is an opportunity for employers to work closely with FE to deliver training that will build the right skills in tomorrow’s workforce. At the same time, it must support learners juggling study with work. Here, technology-enabled learning can help, provided the right approach is taken.
Over the years, the VLE has become more sophisticated. It needn’t be just a digital content repository. It can help facilitate teaching and learning while enhancing the experience for students and educators and helping schools and colleges achieve their goals.
Creating the experience: VLE features to support FE
With an ageing population and a trend towards lifelong learning, the FE student population is increasingly diverse. A wholly classroom-based approach isn’t always the best approach for students who work, look after children or have other commitments that prevent them from attending their place of study. One of the features that a VLE should provide is mobile access for anytime/anywhere learning.
To maximise student success – and to keep them using the platform – a VLE should tailor the learning journey for students so that each individual enjoys a highly personal experience. This includes releasing content based on students’ actions – such as the successful completion of an activity or a result that indicates more background content would be beneficial. The VLE must also engage students and here high-quality, multimedia and interactive content can help.
To successfully bridge the gap between school/college and higher education or the workplace, it’s important that at the end of their programmes students can demonstrate they have mastered relevant skills. The VLE should therefore support the mapping of learning objectives or outcomes and be able to link these to learning activities.
A strong ePortfolio tool also helps here. Think of it as a dynamic CV that allows students to collect resources that show off their learning journey to prospective employers or universities.
Lastly, the VLE in FE should provide insight into the activity and progress of students. Learner analytics can reveal any areas of concern, thereby enabling early changes or interventions to be made to ensure student completion and success.
Join us on 26 September
We look forward to delving further into this topic on 26 September and hope to see you there!