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  1. MLE Developer’s Pack MLE and Further Education Paul Ricketts City College Manchester

  2. Networking Lifelong Learning 1999 • Managed Learning Environments • Materials Development • National Infrastructure • Local Infrastructure • Staff Development

  3. Context • Success for All • Get on with IT Report • DELG recommendations • Joint Implementation Group (JIG)

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. Funding for Post 16 e-Learning

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. Content • 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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. UKERNA Becta/Ferl JISC LSDA NILTA RSCs NLN Strategic Vision Learning systems and data Learning materials Infrastructure Enthusiastic well trained staff First class support services Best practice

  17. Becta Managing agency for NLN, NLN Materials development ILT Champions NLN website Ferl UKERNA JANET connections network related issues Technical training Information services LSC Policy, Strategy Funding Liaison with DfES UfI/learndirect, funding bodies, UK Online JISC JISC Committees Regional Support Centres Collections JISC Services LSDA Research activities FENTO ILT Standards development Staff development activities Conference support Senior Management Training NILTA Membership FENTO ILT Standards NILTA Committees Support for Local LSCs Liaison with UfI and AOC

  18. NLN II • 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

  19. Questions • 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?