Research with 40 FE & Skills Providers in 2014 found low digital literacy levels of leaders and managers and major gaps in relation to:
- Understanding digital learning
- Understanding how to embed it within teaching and learning strategies
- Having a lack of capability to develop and communicate a strategy
- Having the skills to engage with virtual learning environments and being able to role model their use
- Understanding how to measure impact
Although use of online/blending learning is currently relatively low in the sector, over the next five years this will significantly change. As a result of changing government policy, funding cuts, the impact of technological change and the potential for growth and new efficiencies by reaching out to learners in non-traditional ways, will be hugely notable.
This Digital Leaders programme aims to support leaders and managers in mainstreaming digital learning within their institutions by building their capacity to develop an innovative digital strategy.
This blended learning programme provides tutor and peer support through webinars, forums, social media and online chat. Hosted on the cloud, the course content is available 24/7 via PC or mobile device. Participants take part in a wide variety of learning activities to suit different learning styles.
Course content is delivered using a range of media and applications, exemplifying best practice in the use of educational technology.
The programme runs over 12 weeks and has 45 guided learning hours including two face-to-face events and covers four topic areas:
- Learning technology in the context of Teaching and Learning
- Developing digital skills and a Learning Technology Toolkit
- Curriculum Planning for the Use of Learning Technologies
- Curriculum delivery using Learning Technology