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Day 2 - 'Encouraging Innovation' - Wednesday 26th June 2013

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Course: Encouraging Innovation 2013
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James Clay

James Clay is ALT’s Learning Technologist of the Year 2009 for his contribution to changing Gloucestershire College, which has become a leader and an exemplar in its use of learning technologies. He is and has been passionate about the use of learning technologies to enhance and enrich the learning experience since 1991.

The focus of his presentation is that change is constant, we’ve always had change and that dealing with change is more of a cultural issue than a technical one. Change can be an opportunity and can be exciting, as well as being challenging and daunting for some.

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Fleur Grigg (Coleg Powys)

Fleur has worked at Coleg Powys in Newtown for eleven years - her responsibilities have changed somewhat over the eleven years progressing from a Learner Support Assistant to Course Tutor for Adults with Learner Differences. She is currently in the last and final year of a BA Hons in Post Compulsory Education and this project is forming part of her dissertation.

The Vocational Skills group at Coleg Powys caters for a range of post 16 learners who have severe and profound learning difficulties.

This project set out to discover specific communication strategies and ways of improving social skills whilst learners are in College with the use of augmentative alternative communication technology. The aim is to improve inclusiveness in the classroom and open opportunities for learners to develop the skills needed to be part of a fast moving technological world.

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Lisa Lee and Simone Hawken

Lisa and Simone have both worked for ISA Training for over 8 years. They commenced their careers in the Hairdressing Industry and then went onto to become training consultants at ISA they are now both Internal Verifiers for the business. One of their key roles is to address the quality of the learning experience for our apprentices and part of this has been to identify innovative ways to engage the apprentices in learning through technology. This project has arisen as part of their enthusiasm and commitment to transform training in the company.

As part of ISA’s strategy to assist their training consultants to engage our learners, they wished to trial and develop the use of ‘tethering’ using mobile phones to provide wireless hotspot access to online resources at training days. These which take place across Wales every week and are hosted in salons made available by employers. Very few of these salons have any WiFi access.

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Owen Mathias (Colegau Cymru)

An overall look at the future of learning platforms, Open Educational Resources and the current developments in Wales in regards to Hwb and how it will positively impact the FE and Skills Sector.

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Johanna Westwood & Kate Wright

This project sets out to investigate the mobile versions of two popular e-learning tools - Blackboard and Qwizdom. Qwizdom enables students to use mobile devices to participate in in-class voting activities. Blackboard mobile licences enable students to both view learning materials such as lecture handouts, reading lists etc via their devices as well as take part in mobile learning activities (for example using Blackboard quizzes or online discussion).

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Cardiff University (Dr Mark Stacey)

Mark is a consultant anaesthetist and associate dean. He has an interest in optimising the use of technology to both improve medical education and performance of skills that need to be performed under pressure. This will lead to improved patient care. Laura Jackson and Adele Babic are two outstanding anaesthetic trainees, who were responsible for generating the data for this JISC study.

The combination of video feedback, analysis of the video and specific didactic teaching for a specific skill, can potentially enhance deliberate practice (as described by Ericsson), and hence successful performance of that skill.  The Cardiff University Medical School project set out to investigate use real time video footage of fibreoptic intubation performed on manikins by trainees before and after didactic training.

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Sarah Williams

Over the past two years Yale College has invested in developing a 21st Century learning environment. A campus wide wireless network is now installed across both College sites, enabling learners to connect their own devices onto the Internet anywhere in College. An extensive range of mobile devices (laptops, iPads, chromebooks) were purchased to enable IT to be taken into classrooms rather than learners using an IT classroom. The presentation provides case study examples on the use of mobile devices to support learning at Yale College.

The session focuses on embracing the use of Apps that enable learners to use their own devices to actively participate in lessons. Delegates will have the opportunity to participate in learning activities using some of these Apps in iPads and where possible their own mobile devices. The session will also explore techniques used to create opportunities for learners to access learning materials both at College and away from the physical learning environment.

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City and County of Swansea (Kay Timpson)

Kay is a co-ordinator on the Family Learning and Essential Skills Programme in Swansea . She delivers and develops Family Learning courses with numerous partner organisations and across the age ranges and have worked in Essential Skills for the Lifelong Learning Service for the past 20 years.

The Swansea Lifelong Learning project set out to enable individuals functioning at these low levels of literacy to fulfil their potential and contribute in a meaningful way to society. With the exploration of new approaches and methods it may be possible to kick start achievement and address the needs of this isolated and voiceless section of society.

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Leia Fee

Swansea ITeC delivers Work Based Learning (WBL) programmes to Foundation/Modern Apprentices, the "Steps to Employment" to adults, and the Traineeship programme to 16-17 year olds. The Steps and Traineeship programme is designed to equip learners with a range of skills to enable them to find work and, as well as IT training, includes support for individuals with particular learning needs, such as low confidence and poor Basic Skills. We are a small company which allows close working relationships and a flexible approach with all staff being given opportunity to develop and try new approaches to teaching and learning. All of our trainers have an enthusiasm for IT and the confidence to try out new technology and evaluate its use in the learning environment.

At Swansea ITeC an increasing number of learners on the Traineeship programme who want to progress into an IT Professional apprenticeship have expressed concerns that they do not have the ‘know how’ or ‘hands-on skills’ to work effectively with hardware. To address this Swansea ITeC sought funding for the purchase of six Raspberry Pi’s, which are credit card sized, single board computers, developed in the UK with the intention of stimulating the teaching of basic computer science. Learners have been involved from the start in planning what they want to achieve with them.

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Kevin Lawrence (Ystrad Mynach College)

Kevin is responsible for promoting, developing and embedding the use of ILT in teaching and learning. He was a lecturer in IT for ten years prior to taking up his current post as ILT Development Manager which he has been doing for six years. "I enjoy the diversity that I experience working with lecturers and learners across the College to providing guidance and support in using technology to enhance the teaching and learning process"

This project aims to demonstrate how the use of Wi-Fi (in conjunction with tablet technology) can enable learner engagement. The use of Wi-Fi and technology will enable bricklayer learners to develop a portfolio of evidence, whilst providing a platform for lecturers to provide improved feedback to enhance the assessment process.

The aim of the project is to improve the digital literacy skills of learners and tutors, through the use of tablets, to capture video and photographs of the learners’ work (both completed and in progress).

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Slide 5 of the presentation contained a video. Click on the image below to view this video.