April Newsletter | Lfutures


April Newsletter | LfuturesThe Learning Futures programme is nearing the mid-point of its delivery and this month we are focusing on capturing the learning emerging so far from the commissioned projects.

We have included interviews with Bernard Quinn of Gateshead Council and Dave Monk of Harlow College that capture the process, challenges and learning from the projects. We have also talked to Project Champion, Andrew Gadsdon, and Steering Group member and industry mentor, Alun Rogers, to get their insights into some of the wider issues around technology implementation and collaboration between providers and employers.

Please note that Alun Rogers is also delivering the Line of Sight to Work webinar for us on 27th April.

This month we are delivering the following webinars as part of our free CPD modules:

Online Badging, 24 April, 2pm

Line of Sight to Work, 27 April, 2pm

Instructional Design, 30 April, 1pm

In addition, we would like to draw your attention to the following resources that have been produced by the project teams and shared on the main Learning Futures website.


Several of the projects have been conducting surveys to assess the digital literacy of their staff and students. They are using the outcomes to develop targeted CPD resources and support. You are free to download, amend and use the tools they have shared to assist with benchmarking the skills of staff in your department and across your organisation:

Staff surveys
Gateshead Council, Blackburn College and ACER

Student surveys
Blackburn College and Harlow College

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Edtech assess tool
The Edtech assess tool was commissioned and funded by the Education and Training Foundation and is being used by project teams in Lewisham and Southwark College, Hull College and Runshaw College.


Much of the learning and resources to date have been captured in the blogs produced by project teams where some interesting ‘gems’ have been shared including:

Hull College
Interactive learning resources for construction and hairdressing

Runshaw College
Guidance on how to use assistive technologies such as Orato, a text-to-speech device being used to support students taking GCSE English

A CPD package being developed to support teachers to become more confident in using live online teaching technology


The project teams are keen to draw on the knowledge and expertise of the wider community, and three teams have recently put out calls to action seeking advice and feedback:

Blackburn College
DigiPals, team of tech-savvy students at Blackburn College, have worked with staff to put together a comprehensive collection of resources and articles about technology and would value your feedback.

Heart of Worcestershire College
Developing models and frameworks to help governors make effective decisions around investment, innovation and development of technology, and would like feedback on a technology map resource that they have produced.

New College Swindon
Sharing their staff computing policy and would like feedback on how this compares to similar policies used across other organisations.