Mobile learning in FE and skills
Exploring new and innovative ways of employing mobile technologies within the further education (FE) and skills sector
1 year and 4 months
Ended 31 Jul 2015100%
£50k to £250k
This is part of an ongoing programme of work to encourage innovative projects in the UK FE and skills sector. This includes the updating or repurposing of publicly-funded resources to improve their accessibility and meet the requirements of new technologies.
Each project was funded to contribute to the key policy priorities for the sector, namely:
- Developing new uses of technology and / or the innovative adaption and rollout of technologies
- Overcoming barriers to the adoption and use of technology in the sector
- Integrating new technologies
About the projects
A selection of projects of different size and scope taking place within the FE and skills sector. The projects range from exploring the use and impact of mobile technologies and developing policies and practice to development of apps and interactive resources.
Digitally embedding English and maths
Aylesbury College is working on creating a mobile-first virtual learning environment (VLE) as part of their digitally embedding English and maths project. The VLE will host a series of interactive quizzes which challenge students to apply English or maths skills in a given situation.
Mobile technologies research
Blackpool Sixth Form College is researching the use and impact of mobile technologies on achievement, retention, attendance and progression. The research will include the use of mobile technology in primary and secondary education.
Hackney Community College is developing bring your own device (BYOD) practices in teaching, learning and assessment. The college is deploying and monitoring the impact of a range of wireless data projectors in vocational training settings for collaborative use by staff, students and employers. Each group is using their own mobile device to share learning materials, data, experiences and coursework.
Embedding mobile technology for collaboration
Myerscough College is Integrating and embedding the use of iPads and other mobile technology into lessons. The aim is to facilitate learner collaboration through the 'flipping' of a lesson in order to benefit learners’ experience and success rates.
North Warwickshire and Hinckley College is creating an app bringing premium learning content provided by colleges –and anything else tutors deem helpful – to learners’ mobile devices. It will also allow sharing of course-specific resource lists between institutions – to utilise better professional knowledge available in the sector.
Digital solutions to health and safety inspection
Plumpton College is developing a digital, mobile solution to monitoring the health and safety compliance of students. In addition to the benefits of reduced paperwork and more efficient working methods, students using this method will have grow their confidence in using mobile technology thus improving their overall learner experience.
This project ran until summer 2015