Empower Education through Digital Transformation

Thursday 19 October
Hopwood Hall College, Middleton

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An opportunity to better understand the importance of technology and to gather leaders together to develop a transformational FE strategy.

With technology being at the forefront of learners’ skillset, being able to share best practice on teaching and learning styles, utilising multimedia options for learning and having access to advanced reporting enables increased support for improved learning. And this is what Empower Education through Digital Transformation is all about.

itslearning, Europe’s leading VLE provider has partnered with Hopwood Hall College, winners of the 2017 BLC learning impact award. Supported by professional industry speakers, we have a day of learning for leaders in the FE community.

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Hosts

Photo of Deiric J O'Tuathail
Photo of Barry Smith
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Guest Speakers

Steve Ingle

QLS Associate Adviser
Steve is an experienced consultant, inspector, teacher educator and author. He has over fifteen years’ experience with outstanding education providers across the lifelong learning sector in the UK and overseas. Steve is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, the Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors and the Society for Education and Training.

Steven Threadgold

Head of Product Management, itslearning
Steven is Head of Product Management at itslearning. With a passion for online learning since the 1990’s, Steven’s experience extends as a University lecturer, a consultant for the European Union helping Tutors create digital content and running a successful eLearning company in the UK before joining itslearning in 2010.

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Dr Lesley Crane

Solutions Designer – learning, knowledge and communications in the Digital Space, Knowing How

Lesley is a specialist consultant in digital learning and strategy. She has more than 30 years’ experience as a technology entrepreneur, e-learning developer, strategist, academic and author, and consultant. In addition to her work in digital learning, Lesley also presents masterclasses in innovation, and develops enterprising initiatives and projects in technology and education.

Sue Southwood

Head of Maths and English, Education and Training Foundation
Sue has responsibility for the Foundation’s work to improve the teaching of Maths and English, and for supporting learners with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND).

Peter Kilcoyne

ILT Director, Heart of Worcestershire College
Peter leads the team that won 2015 TES and 2014/15 AoC awards for their work in successfully implementing blended learning across Heart of Worcestershire College and supporting other colleges across the sector in implementing their own blended learning curriculum.

Taylor Whiteley

Senior Account Manager, Dynistics
Taylor is a dedicated Account Manager and committed advocate for her clients, ensuring that they maximise the potential of Dynistics software and prioritising positive customer experience.

Jacob Kemp

Head of New Business, Dynistics
Jacob is a dynamic sales professional taking action to help businesses understand their strategic and operational performance through the use of Dynistics Active Dashboards.

Agenda

09.00 – 10:00

Registration Opens

10.00 – 10:20

Welcome & Intro

Deiric J O’Tuathail, Principal, Hopwood Hall College
Becki Lee, Head of eLearning, Hopwood Hall College
Barry Smith, Managing Director, itslearning
Opening and warm welcome to the 2017 FE conference: Empower Education through Digital Transformation. You will be introduced to the hosts and hear the successful story behind Hopwood Hall College’s technology transformation. You will also be introduced to the UK MD of Europe’s leading VLE provider, itslearning.

10:20 – 11:15

Future Students: Enhancing learning through new technologies

Steve Ingle, Independent Education Consultant and Author
Are we meeting the needs of twenty-first century learners, the so called ‘network generation’? With the arrival of increasing numbers of digitally literate learners in our classrooms are we making best use of new technologies to enhance learning? In this interactive session, we briefly explore the notion of the ‘future student’ and explore if the tried and tested pedagogical approaches of yesterday are still compatible with the learners of today. You will be invited to consider how ‘new millennium learners’ view the use of technology in both their ‘living’ and ‘learning’ lives and the implications this may have for us as teachers and our professional practice.

11:15 – 11:45

Roadmap: itslearning 2017/2018 developments

Steven Threadgold, Head of Product, itslearning
An overview on how Europe’s leading VLE can better support FE. Let’s learn about the new developments in student learning paths, peer assessment and deep cloud tool integration.

11:45 – 12:15

Digital Transformation is about opportunity

Dr Lesley Crane, Solutions designer – learning, knowledge and communications in the Digital Space, Knowing How
The FE & Skills sector is frequently told it must transform, and get on board the digital bandwagon. The coming storm of new, innovative and even disrupting educational technologies such as Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning will make all that seem like a milk float in comparison. The message is: get ready. Lesley presents the pragmatist’s approach to digital transformation in education, framed as unique opportunity. What is digital transformation, and what does a strategy for digital transformation look like? How do you do ‘digital transformation’, what are the likely barriers and how can they be resolved? More importantly, what are the rewards and benefits to be gained? And why in particular a strategy for digital transformation should be the topmost item on management’s agenda.

12:15 – 13:15

Lunch

Conference room

13:15 – 14:15

Session 1: ‘Back-flip learning’ – Rethinking flipped learning

Steve Ingle
Over the last 5 years, flipped learning has been heralded as a panacea to address the educational challenges of budget cuts, mergers, growing class sizes and disengaged learners. However, the ‘flipped revolution’ often falls short on delivering many of the promised impacts. In this session, participants will be invited to share their own experiences of taking a flipped learning approach and how a more student-centred model can help to promote independence, challenge and self-regulation.

Session 2: Underpinning Excellence in English and Maths

Sue Southwood, Education and Training Foundation
The Government’s focus on improving English and Maths is welcome but there is no doubt it is putting pressure on students, their families and education providers. The number of students continuing to study post 16 has grown exponentially since 2013 and the sector has struggled to find sufficient Teachers to meet this increased demand. Ofsted inspections look beyond progress scores to see whether students are applying English and Maths consistently and confidently, especially in the context of their main course of study.The Education and Training Foundation (ETF) recognises that we cannot raise standards without building teaching capacity and supporting Teachers and trainers to develop their skills, knowledge and teaching approaches. This presentation will outline ETF’s support for the post 16 sector to meet current and future challenges for English and Maths.

 

Session 3: Blended Learning Consortium

Peter Kilcoyne, Heart of Worcestershire College
The Blended Learning Consortium (BLC) have just begun their third year of work. The BLC, in that time, has grown to involve nearly half of all UK FE providers working collaboratively to develop and share high quality, interactive online learning resources. Peter will explain how the BLC works, show examples of resources, talk about how colleges are using them and invite those not yet involved to find out more and consider joining the consortium, which comes with many benefits for Colleges.

 

Session 4: Reporting best practice: use data analytics to drive college-wide success

Taylor Whiteley and Jacob Kemp, Dynistics
An interactive session on the challenges faced in reporting within the education sector. Take away examples of reporting best practice and see how colleges are utilising data analytics to save time and money. Successful reporting speeds up colleges’ ability to spot patterns and address them proactively to prevent early student withdrawal, increase successful completion and protect against loss of funding. Gathering information from siloed data sources can waste valuable time and resource; find out how adopting an integrated reporting system can provide one source of the truth and promote a culture of accountability across the entire college.

Session 5: Building a Digital Strategy to transform teaching and learning

Dr Lesley Crane, Knowing How
Participants will engage in a highly interactive, hands-on workshop with the ambition of brainstorming and building a digital transformation strategy for teaching and learning in a college. Starting from a position of being ‘behind the curve on digital’, working together we will visualise where the college needs to be, and then develop a workable plan for reaching this goal. The workshop will particularly focus on innovative thinking and, with this in mind, the session kicks off with a whirlwind journey through what innovation really means, and how to dig out your innovative mind set. The aim of the session is to get participants motivated and critically thinking about what digital transformation means in the educational context. And a practical insight in how to do it!

 

14:15 – 15:15

Session 1: ‘Back-flip learning’ – Rethinking flipped learning

Steve Ingle
Over the last 5 years, flipped learning has been heralded as a panacea to address the educational challenges of budget cuts, mergers, growing class sizes and disengaged learners. However, the ‘flipped revolution’ often falls short on delivering many of the promised impacts. In this session, participants will be invited to share their own experiences of taking a flipped learning approach and how a more student-centred model can help to promote independence, challenge and self-regulation.

Session 2: Underpinning Excellence in English and Maths

Sue Southwood, Education and Training Foundation
The Government’s focus on improving English and Maths is welcome but there is no doubt it is putting pressure on students, their families and education providers. The number of students continuing to study post 16 has grown exponentially since 2013 and the sector has struggled to find sufficient Teachers to meet this increased demand. Ofsted inspections look beyond progress scores to see whether students are applying English and Maths consistently and confidently, especially in the context of their main course of study.The Education and Training Foundation (ETF) recognises that we cannot raise standards without building teaching capacity and supporting Teachers and trainers to develop their skills, knowledge and teaching approaches. This presentation will outline ETF’s support for the post 16 sector to meet current and future challenges for English and Maths.

 

Session 3: Blended Learning Consortium

Peter Kilcoyne, Heart of Worcestershire College
The Blended Learning Consortium (BLC) have just begun their third year of work. The BLC, in that time, has grown to involve nearly half of all UK FE providers working collaboratively to develop and share high quality, interactive online learning resources. Peter will explain how the BLC works, show examples of resources, talk about how colleges are using them and invite those not yet involved to find out more and consider joining the consortium, which comes with many benefits for Colleges.

 

Session 4: Reporting best practice: use data analytics to drive college-wide success

Taylor Whiteley and Jacob Kemp, Dynistics
An interactive session on the challenges faced in reporting within the education sector. Take away examples of reporting best practice and see how colleges are utilising data analytics to save time and money. Successful reporting speeds up colleges’ ability to spot patterns and address them proactively to prevent early student withdrawal, increase successful completion and protect against loss of funding. Gathering information from siloed data sources can waste valuable time and resource; find out how adopting an integrated reporting system can provide one source of the truth and promote a culture of accountability across the entire college.

 

Session 5: Building a Digital Strategy to transform teaching and learning

Dr Lesley Crane, Knowing How
Participants will engage in a highly interactive, hands-on workshop with the ambition of brainstorming and building a digital transformation strategy for teaching and learning in a college. Starting from a position of being ‘behind the curve on digital’, working together we will visualise where the college needs to be, and then develop a workable plan for reaching this goal. The workshop will particularly focus on innovative thinking and, with this in mind, the session kicks off with a whirlwind journey through what innovation really means, and how to dig out your innovative mind set. The aim of the session is to get participants motivated and critically thinking about what digital transformation means in the educational context. And a practical insight in how to do it!

 

15:15 – 15:30

Close

Deiric J O’Tuathail, Principal, Hopwood Hall College

Registration

Travelling to Hopwood Hall College

Getting to the Middleton campus is really easy!

Travelling by car:
The Middleton Campus is two miles from junction 20 on the M62. Take the A627(M) towards Oldham and leave at first junction and follow signs to Middleton. Free parking is available near the main reception.

Travelling by train:
The Castleton rail station is 2 miles from the Middleton campus and will take approximately ten minutes by taxi or bus. The 17 service runs through this area and stops at the Middleton campus.

Rochdale Road, Middleton, M24 6XH
Tel: 0161 643 7560

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