Posted on Tue 07 Aug 2012
JISC Advance contributes to new initiative for Learning and Skills sector
JISC Advance welcomes a new BIS initiative to evaluate the UK’s Learning and Skills sector. The independent Commission on Adult Vocational Teaching and Learning has been set up to explore how the quality and impact of adult vocational teaching and learning can be further improved for learners.
The Commission is launching its first call for evidence on the characteristics and features of excellent adult vocational teaching and learning, including examples of effective, innovative and exemplary approaches.
JISC Advance, through its RSC network and suite of advisory services, champions the use of technology across the sector. We will be contributing to the Commission’s call for evidence by demonstrating the value and impact technology has on the learner experience.
JISC Advance is funded by BIS to help post 16 education and training organisations get the most from information technology and has an active Concordat agreement with LSIS to work together in technology and quality issues. As such, we are well placed to support the work of the Commission.
Chris Hill from the JISC RSC network comments: “Technology increases the options available for learning, and all teachers and trainers must be comfortable with its present opportunities and future development.
“We are pleased to see, on the Excellence Gateway, that the role of technology is top of the list of emerging cross-cutting themes of enquiry for the Commission! This gives us a fantastic opportunity to raise the profile of technology in teaching and learning and we look forward to contributing to this piece of work.”
The Commission on Adult Vocational Teaching and Learning was formally launched by John Hayes MP, Minister of State for Further Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning. The initiative is in line with the Government’s pledge to build a world class skills system as outlined in ‘New Challenges, New Chances’. See the Commission’s website for more information.
The closing date for submitting evidence is 26 October 2012. The Commission will publish its findings and recommendations in spring 2013.