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MLE Developer’s Pack. MLE and Further Education. Paul Ricketts City College Manchester. Networking Lifelong Learning 1999. Managed Learning Environments Materials Development National Infrastructure Local Infrastructure Staff Development. Context. Success for All. Get on with IT Report.

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mle and further education

MLE Developer’s Pack

MLE and Further Education

Paul Ricketts

City College Manchester

networking lifelong learning 1999
Networking Lifelong Learning 1999
  • Managed Learning Environments
  • Materials Development
  • National Infrastructure
  • Local Infrastructure
  • Staff Development


  • Success for All
  • Get on with IT Report
  • DELG recommendations
  • Joint Implementation Group (JIG)
dfes strategy
DfES strategy
  • To create an accessible infrastructure which makes ICT universally available to learners
  • To make ICT integral to all learning processes and to stimulate the development and acceptance of new ways of learning
  • To create, implement and support a dynamic framework for ICT skills and a corresponding framework for teachers
dfes get on with it
DfES – Get On with IT
  • ICT as a Basic Skill – an entitlement for all
  • College Online
  • E-learning for work based learning and SMEs
  • Mentoring Network
  • From learning to work – Which Way?
  • Ministerial lead
  • E-learning marketing strategy
delg areas of action
DELG Areas of action
  • Strategy and coordination at national and local levels
  • Learner provision
  • Content
  • Quality standards and accreditation
  • Learner management and information
  • Staff skills and CPD
  • Sustainability and funding
strategy and co ordination
Strategy and co-ordination
  • Inter-agency national co-ordination (but not control) of e-learning initiatives
  • National strategic framework for DEL
  • Local LSC plans for DEL (part of core local strategy)
  • Workforce development strategy to include e-learning
  • LSC DEL - planning remit to include ALL 16+ provision
learner provision
Learner provision
  • Goal – all learners have access to ICT, and access to ICT and e-learning skills
  • Blended learning the norm
  • Research programme better to understand ‘best fit’ blend of method and learner needs
  • Develop widely available e-learning approaches to ‘Skills for Life’ needs
  • Grow the infrastructure to provide ICT access to whole LSC community
  • Materials design standards underpin public funding of development
  • Guidance on best practice standards for accessibility of DEL materials
  • Feasibility of a learning materials development and access strategy for Post-16 sector
  • Extend learndirect materials to wider 16+ community
quality standards and accreditation
Quality standards and accreditation
  • Standards-driven approach to materials design
  • Support development of on-line assessment
  • Work with QCA for rapid unitisation of qualifications
  • Minimum standard of physical resources to be expected of providers
  • Training in DEL for inspectors
learner management and information
Learner management and information
  • Alignment of learner record systems to reduce bureaucratic burdens on learners
  • Press for unique learner ID to allow progression tracking between providers, including schools and universities
staff skills and professional development
Staff skills and professional development
  • Joint study with FENTO et al to design relevant CPD programmes
  • Study of the impact on professional practice of ‘unbundling’ the total delivery process
  • Substantial programme of development aimed at practitioners and managers
  • Develop leadership programmes for DEL
  • ICT skills mandatory part of teacher training for FE programmes
sustainability and funding
Sustainability and funding
  • Appropriate balance between public and private providers/publishers
  • General expectation that the market will provide
  • LSC role in promoting development or gap filling
  • Mode free approach to funding
  • Not all funding should be formula-driven
  • Non-formula funds allocated by local LSCs to deliver local DEL plan
nln ii
  • In 5 years we look to establish a fully connected national learning community covering homes, schools, colleges and workplaces sharing:
    • Infrastructure
    • Learning materials
    • Learning systems and data
    • Enthusiastic, well trained staff
    • First class support services
    • Best practice
nln strategic vision

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NLN Strategic Vision

Learning systems and data

Learning materials


Enthusiastic well trained staff

First class support services

Best practice



Managing agency for NLN,

NLN Materials development

ILT Champions

NLN website



JANET connections

network related issues

Technical training

Information services


Policy, Strategy


Liaison with DfES UfI/learndirect,

funding bodies, UK Online


JISC Committees

Regional Support Centres


JISC Services


Research activities

FENTO ILT Standards development

Staff development activities

Conference support

Senior Management Training



FENTO ILT Standards NILTA Committees

Support for Local LSCs

Liaison with UfI and AOC

nln ii1
  • Focus of centrally supported development to move from ILT infrastructure to realising the potential of ILT for Learning and Teaching
  • Higher priority to practice and management whilst sustaining infrastructure investment
  • 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?