FELTAG and Beyond

FELTAG and Beyond

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Introduction

In February last year, FE was seen as lagging behind technologically, and Skills Minister Matthew Hancock set up the Further Education Technology Action Group (Feltag) to discover how the sector could do more.
You can find more about who was involved, and their final recommendations, published this month on pages 2 and 3.
The report was previewed at the Education Innovation Conference in February (pages 4 and 5).
Now FE is looking to lead the way, with a cross-sector Education Technology Action Group set up to emulate Feltag’s success (page 6).
Feltag member Paul Rolfe urges the government to support the report to unleash the sector’s innate innovation and creativity (also page 6).
Creativity is also important to artist-turned-Association of Learning Technology chief executive Maren Deepwell, profiled on page 7.
Technology has potential to help disadvantaged learners (pages 10 and 11), but it is only helpful if we use it innovatively, as Steve Molyneux points out on page 12.
Jayne Stigger of Nescot talks about how maths teaching can be enhanced with technology on page 13, where Dawn Buzzard of the Education and Training Foundation also tells us its digital plans.
Shane Chowen of the Institute for Learning looks at how tech-savvy learners’ knowledge can be harnessed (page 14), while Susan Easton from the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education warns we must avoid simply ticking boxes.
Technology is about connecting and sharing resources — an idea promoted during Open Education Week (page 15).
We’ve also provided handy teaching and learning app suggestions (all are free) on each page — you can discover more through the links provided.

As always, you can tell us what you think (digitally, naturally) on the FE Week website and on Twitter @FEWeek.