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NLN The way forward. Sue Rigby Learning + Skills Council January 2003. Context. Success for All – Widening Participation. Get on with IT Report. DELG Report recommendations. Joint DfES/LSC Implementation Group. NLN current objectives.

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nln the way forward

NLN The way forward

Sue Rigby

Learning + Skills Council

January 2003



  • Success for All

– Widening Participation

  • Get on with IT Report
  • DELG Report recommendations
  • Joint DfES/LSC Implementation Group
nln current objectives
NLN current objectives
  • Reinforce the NLN ‘brand’ and strengthen our work with partners
  • Further materials development and implementation
  • Staff development programme
  • Adult & Community Learning - e-learning strategy report
  • Specialist Colleges - e-learning strategy report
  • Support for local LSCs in the development of their e-learning strategies
nln strategic framework 2002 5 vision
NLN Strategic Framework 2002-5 – Vision
  • Barriers to access to lifelong learning will be progressively removed
  • All education professionals will be routinely using the full range of facilities that ILT offers
  • Learners will be able to take full advantage of learning opportunities regardless of mode and place of study
  • Learning managers and facilitators will be able to make more efficient and effective use of resources
  • Business and accountability processes will be simplified
in 5 years we look to establish a fully connected learning community
In 5 years we look to establish a fully connected learning community

Learning materials


Learning systems and data


Becta/Ferl LSDA


First class support services

Enthusiastic well trained staff

Best practice

delg staff skills and professional development
DELG - Staff skills and professional development
  • Joint study with FENTO et al to design relevant CPD programmes
  • Substantial programme of development aimed at practitioners and managers
  • Develop leadership programmes for DEL
  • ICT skills mandatory part of teacher training for FE programmes
get on with it ramifications
Get on with IT - Ramifications
  • Learning/Teaching – starting point?
  • Learning – diversity of learners
  • Teaching – diversity of teachers
  • Support – learning technologists
  • “Resource Rich” blended learning. Can traditional institutions cope?
  • Opportunity for true inclusivity
post 16 staff development framework
Post-16 staff development framework
  • Conceptual framework:
      • learner centred
      • based on pedagogy
      • based on good practice
      • addresses sector’s current ILT needs
      • adaptable to future demands
      • standards based approach
key ilt functions
Key ILT Functions

Facilitating learning using ILT

Managing the learning process with ILT

Supporting ILT through the organisation

Managing and developing ILT throughout the organisation

Developing and adapting ILT materials

Supporting ILT strategy implementation

Learning and teaching processes

Materials implementation

Technical upskilling

Learning platforms


Equal opportunities

Evaluation tools

Assessment and validation

Addressing national, regional and local issues


Legal requirements

VLE/MLE implementation

staff development activities 2002 2003
Staff development activities 2002-2003
  • Content development training
  • NLN Materials implementation:
    • Subject mentors
  • ILT Champions & Ferl practitioners
  • LSDA e-learning support network
  • VLE/MLE Support
  • IT technical support training
  • Linked to FENTO ILT standards
  • Self assessment tool
  • Events database
raising standards group
Raising Standards Group
  • Issues relating to the effective use of ILT in learning and teaching
  • 7 questions of the Common Inspection Framework – how ILT offers opportunities for self –directed, differentiated learning which engages, motivates and responds to the needs of each learner
  • Publication of ‘Managing Inspection and ILT’
  • Inspectors’ training
  • Training and support for colleges
ferl practitioners programme
Ferl Practitioners’ Programme
  • Designed for all teaching staff
  • 3 strands:
      • Using ILT with learners
      • Assisting and supporting staff to use ILT with learners
      • Making ILT happen in teaching and learning
  • Pilot programme – rollout in May 2003 –
  • Further strands to be developed
  • High quality materials – CD Rom and Paper
  • Supported through the RSCs
some questions for discussion
Some questions for discussion
  • Current strategy – effective way forward?
  • Coping with exponential resource demands?
  • The size of the people task?
  • Likely changes in learner expectations?
  • Overcoming innate conservatism?
  • Faster curriculum changes?
  • How do we measure the impact?