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Lifelong Learning UK (LLUK) – Information and learning technology guides for Wales

Information and learning technology guides for Wales

21 August 2009

Last month we launched a set of guides to help teachers and managers in Wales use technology to support the learning they and their organisations deliver. The two application guides provide a bridge between the new professional standards for Teachers, Tutors, Trainers and the national occupational standards for leadership and management with further knowledge, application and illustration in the use of technology. Weblinks and other sources of information are included in all sections.

The guides were launched on 1 July 2009 at the Moodle-Wales and Learntech Wales Integration – Learning Together conference. In partnership with the Regional Support Centre Wales we ran a workshop as part of the event, to introduce the guides to delegates and demonstrate how they can be used by individuals and their employers to identify skills and knowledge gaps, and therefore help inform their continuing professional development.

The guides were developed in consultation with those working in lifelong learning in the Wales, and we would like to thank all those who contributed. Lifelong Learning UK worked with a number of partners in the development of the guides including:

  • Welsh Assembly Government (Department of Children, Education, Lifelong learning and Skills)
  • NGfL-Cymru
  • NIACE DC
  • Fforwm
  • Estyn
  • NTFW
  • RSC Wales

We thank them for their participation and support.

Click here to download Application of Using Technology to Support Learning for Teachers, Tutors and Trainers in the Lifelong Learning Sector in Wales.

Click here to download Application Guide for Leaders and Managers to Lead the Effective Use of Technology in the Lifelong Learning Sector in Wales

A separate publication of Good Practice Case Studies has also been developed and will be available soon.

Very timely and useful information for all those of us working in education in Wales.

SALT, Gwella and Synergies….

November 2009 was a very busy month for TEL in Wales.

On November 18th the Swansea Academy of Learning and Teaching (SALT) was officially launched at Swansea University with a seminar on the theme of Assessment and Feedback. The seminar was led by five guest speakers and was well-attended by representatives from across the campus and partner institutions.

The principal aim of SALT is to promote excellence in learning and teaching – not just in Swansea University itself – but also to help foster good practice and innovation in Higher Education across Wales. The seminar was opened with a keynote speech from Professor Brenda Smith – Senior Associate at the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and a freelance Higher Education Consultant. Brenda is also a critical friend for the HEA Enhancement Academy Programme of which Trinity University College and University of  Wales, Lampeter are the only participating institutions in Wales.

The following week saw us heading off to a very wet and cold Gregynog Hall for the Gwella Programme meeting. This was held over two days – 25th and 26th of November – and the theme of the meeting was Making Enhancement Happen, with a focus on the Enhancement Themes of the 2008 HEFCW Enhancing Learning and Teaching through Technology Strategy.

The programme was developed through consultation with the Gwella teams. Day One focused on institutional activity updates and the indicators of success in the HEFCW strategy. Day Two focused on common themes and issues of interest arising from Gwella activities.

Workshop leaders included: Professor David Nicol from the University of Strathclyde on ‘Enhancing assessment and feedback with technology’, Dr Simon Ball from TechDis on ‘Accessibility strategies and the use of technology’ and Lawrie Phipps of JISC (and co-chair of SEDA) on ‘Engaging staff in technology-enhanced learning and teaching’.

The event was attended by representatives from all the Higher Education Institutions in Wales and was facilitated by Derek Morrison and Gabriel Jezierski from the HEA, Professor Terry Mayes – Gwella and Enhancement Academy critical friend, and Cliona O’Neill – Senior Learning and Teaching Manager from HEFCW (Higher Education Funding Council for Wales).

Despite the inclement weather, this was a most enjoyable and productive event and offered many opportunities for stimulating and thought-provoking conversations with colleagues from other HEIs across Wales and the great and the good from the HEA and HEFCW!

It was most rewarding and encouraging to note that all HEIs have now taken on board the overall message that enhancing learning and teaching through the use of technology IS the way forward and the only differences between us now are the methods employed and how quickly we can get all our staff and students trained, developed and up to speed.

Incidentally, you can now follow many of these programmes, individuals and other people of related interest on Twitter:

RSC Wales:New strategy for Welsh Higher Education

by Lis Parcell, 1 December 2009

WAG has published a new strategy for Welsh Higher Education entitled:

For our Future: the 21st Century Higher Education Strategy and Plan for Wales.

According to the overview “It builds upon and replaces Reaching Higher. The plan provides a response to the Jones Review of Higher Education in Wales which looked at the mission, purpose, role and funding of higher education in Wales. The strategy and plan will set out the strategic direction for HE, and the commitment to ensuring its contribution to social justice,
lifelong learning and a buoyant economy.” It also goes hand in hand with the broader skills strategy Skills that Work for Wales.

Read the HEFCW response to the launch of the strategy here.