Thursday, June 28, 2012

e-Factor Conference

Yesterday 27th June 2012 I went along to the RSC e-Factor “It’s all about the learner event” in London. There were just on 200 delegates, so a sizable gathering, with some really useful presentations from Colleges, I took ten pages of A3 notes, always a good sign, so will be following up on those. These events are always great for networking, and this time was no exception in during the two unscheduled fire alarms.

I must say that I felt particularly encouraged with regard to
the emphasis on the vle and eLearning especially with relevance to the new Common Inspection Framework. I have since grabbed a copy from the website along with the ‘Handbook for the inspection of further education and skills’. Reading through this I extracted what would appear to be the most obvious paragraph points and copied them here below, hopefully this will be useful to anyone reading this. While the term Virtual Learning Environment only appears twice, the numerous mentions to ‘learning’ are often accompanied by: - types, methods, capturing, forms, independent, outside sessions, range of environments, so this is very good. Naturally I feel that we should take every opportunity where possible to accommodate and demonstrate these through the use of our Moodle eLearning platform.

Below you will find a numbered list of relevant paragraphs, again hopefully useful:-

36. A provider may deliver a combination of provision, such as: community learning, apprenticeships and courses where a qualification is the main learning aim. If this combination of learning occurs in one sector subject area, it will be inspected as one subject area. The different types of learning will be considered for the overall subject area grade and highlighted in the subject area report.

44. The lead inspector will plan the inspection to ensure that the maximum amount of first-hand evidence is collected from learners and the activities they are engaged in. The inspection team will want to capture as many forms of learning as possible in order to make sound teaching, learning and assessment judgements. Although observations of teaching, training and assessment are key sources of this evidence, other methods of capturing learning and assessment on inspection are equally important. Therefore, the lead inspector will plan other activities such as: assessments; reviews; discussions with groups of learners; scrutiny of how learning materials and assessment are promoted and communicated to learners through technology;live demonstrations by learners to discuss their work; case studies;

100. Inspection of the Quality of teaching, learning and assessment, and the impact it has on the quality of learning, provides direct evidence. Inspectors will capture evidence from a variety of learning activities, for example through: direct observation; evaluation of learning materials and their use by learners; the use of technology to deliver and assess learning; and examining what learners
can do and make as a result of their learning.

101. Inspectors will also conduct formal observations of teaching, training or assessment activities. These should be of sufficient length to ensure the inspector has enough evidence to form clear judgements and give a grade. The inspector will usually provide feedback to the person
observed. This will normally include the grade awarded, with a short summary of the strengths and areas for development. Other forms of learning activity that are not teaching or assessment sessions may be graded, for example progress reviews.

152. To make this judgement, inspectors will consider:
how well teaching and learning methods – including training, coaching and mentoring – inspire and challenge all learners and enable them to extend their knowledge, skills and understanding the extent to which teaching, training and coaching encourages and develops independent learning

153. Where relevant, inspectors should take into account:
how the different needs of groups of learners are met the effectiveness of learning outside learning sessions through technology, reviews and tutorials care and support in their broadest forms, both in and between learning sessions.

154. To make this judgement, inspectors will consider:
how effectively and creatively staff use resources, including accommodation, equipment and technology, and specialist advice and guidance to promote and support learning the promotion
and development of independent learning skills, for example, through the use of a range of technologies, including a virtual learning environment.

155. Where relevant, inspectors should take into account:
how learning materials are used during and outside learning sessions, including those available in a virtual learning environment

163. Where relevant, inspectors should take into account:
the extent to which timely information, advice and guidance enables individuals to gain greater learning autonomy and decreases dependence on others

Page 49 Grade characteristics: Quality of teaching, learning and assessment (Outstanding)
Staff have consistently high expectations of all learners and demonstrate this in a range of learning environments. High quality learning materials and resources including information and communication technology (ICT) are available and are used by staff and learners during and
between learning and assessment sessions.

At the moment I am thinking of a series of 30 minute workshops, ‘Using eILT to get a better Ofsted’ or similar.

It was also good to see that other colleges are using Questionnaires in Moodle to record eILT staff skills as part of an overall approach to CPD, in very much the same way as we are here.

The event concluded with a really good plenary type keynote from Peter Mayhew-Smith the Principle at Kingston College, in summary:-

• eLearning, know what difference is being made
• eLearning, should be graded as means of assurance
• eLearning, appraisal is a good mechanism
• eLearning, should be responsive to the student voice
• eLearning, should make use of students own technology

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Blogger Be El Ka said...

i like moodle too

7:58 AM  

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