How is JISC supporting college priorities as part of National Colleges Week?
During National Colleges Week, 12th – 18th November 2012, JISC is highlighting how colleges can harness digital solutions to aid employability and work readiness in particular for post GCSE learners.
With competition for school leavers to secure employment intensifying, employers and students are looking to further education (FE) to get college leavers ready for the workplace.
JISC supports over 2,000 UK learning providers to utilise technology for an improved learner experience. During this week, the organisation will be showcasing the support they offer the FE and Skills sector, including:
How JISC's Regional Support Centres (RSCs) can aid teachers and learners
- How students can maintain digital CVs to help improve them employability
- How colleges can ensure their staff and students are digitally literate and ready for the workplace
- Ready to use digital tools and advice for teachers and learners
- Ideas on up-coming digital teaching and advice on using data to ensure the college is competitive in the market place.
Guy Lambert, managing director of JISC Advance whose services support the UK FE and Skills sectors says:
“This year we are pleased to be funding a number of new projects which are specifically focused around improving employability skills for learners through technology. For example, Ashton Sixth Form College is producing an app to assist students with time management and self-organisation. Boston College of Further Education is helping to deliver cost effective IT apprenticeships in rural locations creating a number of new resources including online assessments, videos and interactive documents.
“These projects are in addition to our active network of RSCs and specialist services that provide a wealth of advice, guidance and training for college staff and learners on how to embed technology into the curriculum.”
Jolanta Peters, research and library services manager, from Somerset College says:
“JISC RSC South West has been pivotal in helping our college to harness new technologies by providing forums, workshops and continuous support with researching, implementing and using digital technologies in teaching and learning.
“They have helped us immensely with embedding digital literacy and providing greater accessibility and inclusion for all students thus enhancing their positive learning experience. There is this continuous need to identify, promote and support good practice in the use of digital technologies in the academic environment, - JISC RSC South West is an inseparable part in providing this continuity.”
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