Category Archives: FE and Skills

College Analytics Lab – Enabling Cross Sector Collaboration – The “Team Manchester” Story

Originally posted on Jisc Innovation in Further Education and Skills.

Co-authored by Martin Hall and members of the Manchester College Analytics Lab team. Colleges across the UK are facing-ever more complex demands to make their case for funding, and other forms of report. At the same time, government policies both here, and across Europe and North America, acknowledge the need for a new deal for … Read more

Collaborative Working Through Data Sharing – The College Analytics Lab “Team Wales” Story

Originally posted on Jisc Innovation in Further Education and Skills.

When a group of colleges form a strategic partnership, they typically work together to share resources, expertise and a collaborative approach to planning. Could sharing data help the partnership to become more effective? For example, could sharing information about applications, enrollments, outcomes and destinations help the colleges to work together to provide a more structured, … Read more

College Analytics Lab – A Digital Modelling Environment for the FE and Skills Sector

Originally posted on Jisc Innovation in Further Education and Skills.

Further Education Colleges are adept at dealing with change and challenge. They have to be. Identifying, evaluating and capitalising on opportunities which arise in the rapidly changing environment we work in is a core skill of all successful college leaders. Recent conversations with college principals have shown that meeting local employers’ needs; improving student experience … Read more

Reflections from Digifest: Jisc online CPD service for FE & skills

Originally posted on Jisc Innovation in Further Education and Skills.

On 2 and 3 March, Jisc held yet another highly innovative and engaging Digifest event.  I felt a great buzz and hive of activity throughout the two days, encapsulated by enriching presentations and content, but not forgetting the robots! My role this year was to be on-hand to provide social media coverage for sessions throughout … Read more

Building capability across an FE College

Originally posted on Jisc Innovation in Further Education and Skills.

These are challenging times for FE Colleges. The cuts in funding, Area Based Reviews, FELTAG, competitive pressures, small group sizes, all are areas both for opportunity and problems to be resolved. Technology offers lots of potential solutions to the problems that are being faced: Learning platforms and VLEs can provide a mechanism for delivering online … Read more

Summer of Student Innovation 2015 Engagement in FE and Skills

Originally posted on Jisc Innovation in Further Education and Skills.

Working with students on the Summer of Student Innovation is one of the best parts of my role at Jisc. It is great to hear the ideas that learners have to improve learning and make their life better in education. This year we made a few changes to the competition. First to engaged more learners … Read more

Further Education project posts final report

Originally posted on Jisc Digital Student.

The Jisc Digital Student project has investigated the expectations and experiences of technology provision held by students coming into higher education, and also funded a small review of current practice within secondary schools. The further education and skills project ran between 1 June 2014 and 30 April 2015 in order to extend the findings of … Read more

FE Digital Student consultation events underway

Originally posted on Jisc Digital Student.

This week I attended the second in a series of events taking place throughout the UK as part of the FE Digital Student Project and was delighted to see plenty of stimulating discussions and thought-provoking presentations centred around the theme of learners’ expectations and experiences of using technology in further education. The day included a … Read more

Digital learning – what the learners say

Originally posted on Jisc Digital Student.

I had a brilliant day at the NUS FEstival 2014 conference today in Milton Keynes. The conference is run annually and supports new learner reps with getting involved in the key issues relating to their experiences as FE learners. This is an annual event for students’ unions and learner voice staff in further education colleges. … Read more