If you’ve been reading our blogs in this series, you’ll have seen how the technology necessary for cloud-based blended and distance learning as well as MOOCs is undoubtedly more prolific and cheaper than it ever has been – hence more and more educators around the world are moving to the cloud. Yet many argue that the digital divide is widening: the gulf between those who have ready access to computers and the Internet, and those who do not.
I’ve recently carried out an analysis of OFSTED inspection reports for Adult Community Learning (ACL) providers to try and understand what the trends are, in terms of both grades awarded and common areas for improvement.
The need for more learner-centred systems (over institution and educator dictated systems) is growing. After all, digital natives demand flexible and tailored services – their apps and lifestyle tools are increasingly 24/7 and accessible from smart devices. Cloud-based apps are loved by resident students, blended students and distance students alike: students are empowered.
If you’ve kept an eye on education software solution providers over the past 12 months, chances are their latest or soon to be major release is SaaS. When surveyed, 96 per cent of UK universities and 35 per cent of schools have implemented some sort of cloud technology in 2017.
The cloud has been an almighty buzzword in education over the past decade and during its infancy fears of security and dependability were rife. While the initiative was there, secure, reliable and high-speed Internet connections were lacking or cost-prohibitive. Over recent years, this has all changed.
I speak to many people in the course of my work on apprenticeships; employers, training providers, people from intermediary organisations and apprentices themselves. I am often told things as fact, which I know not to be true, and I am frequently asked questions which lead me to believe that the person asking has previously been misinformed. Even people who you would expect to know the answer, are sometimes confused by an aspect of apprenticeship policy, or the latest changes to the funding rules.
At the AELP Conference on 25-26 June, the issue of the 20% off-the-job requirement was on everyone’s lips. Everybody from training providers to employers were discussing whether it presents a huge barrier to the delivery of the three million apprenticeships target set by the government.
Possibility, Curiosity, Openness… we lose this after a while in the same job role as we're often expected to just 'have the answer' as a professional.
If you work in apprenticeships, you may already know that if you are an employer there are two main ways of delivering apprenticeship programmes. One option is to go through a professional training provider, and the other is to become an employer provider yourself and deliver your own programme.
If something feels a bit 'off' today, or if you have arrived into work a little deflated, then it's no coincidence. Today is Blue Monday, the supposed 'saddest day of the year'.