Innovating Learning

Using technology for greater access, different content and better outcomes

Annual digital learning conference brought to you jointly by NIACE and the BBC.

Date: 4 Dec 2012
Venue: Salford:
BBC Quay House, MediaCity UK, Salford Quays, Salford M50 2EQ
Ref: C3118/1212
Fee:

£125 - Full Fee
£ 85 - NIACE members' Fee
(Includes tea/coffee, sandwich lunch and post-conference drinks reception)

Contact: NIACE Events Team (events@niace.org.uk) Tel: 0116 204 2833
Apply: Apply Online is now closed for this event

See the conference blog and tweets archive at Storify

 

[Background] [Aims] [Outcomes] [Audience] [Programme] [Event Information] [Application Conditions]

 

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Background

The way people learn is changing.  Recent research reveals that 42% of adults surveyed said they are much more likely to use the internet for learning than they were a year ago and this is likely to become more common through the use of smartphones and other mobile devices.

Advances in technology have made this easier.  Adults can access learning at any time and almost anywhere, using audio, video and text content from broadcasters, education providers or their own peers on social media.  The tools they've used to do this have changed too, with around one third of web users now accessing the web through a mobile device, such a tablet or smartphone.

To adapt to this change, learning providers can look at how technology can help them achieve what they already do in a better way, how they can use their own or learners own technology to teach in a different way and how they can use the vast communication network online media opens up to widen access and engage different learners.

Through contributions from community and voluntary organisations, local authorities, learning organisations, the private sector and eminent speakers, the "Innovating Learning" conference, brought to you jointly by NIACE and the BBC, will showcase the use of digital technologies in learning and explore how they can provide more learning opportunities, address the needs of different learners and deliver better learning.  It will also give recognition to learning practitioners through the Digital Practitioner Awards, supported by the Learning and Skills Improvement Service and the Skills Funding Agency, to be held at its close. 

Held at the BBC's flagship studios in MediaCity, Manchester, the conference will encourage dialogue between practitioners, managers and policy makers, to discuss how technology can innovate how adults learn and help shape NIACE policy through responses to keynote addresses, workshops and forums. 

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Aims

The conference will provide delegates with:

  • A chance to see what providers are doing and can do with technology
  • A wide view on how technology can widen participation, make delivery more effective and improve outcomes for learners
  • Information on digital technologies and recent developments in broadcasting.
  • Increased awareness of free learning resources and digital tools.  
  • Increased awareness of technology for inclusion.   
  • Knowledge of cost effective or free digital learning tools. 
  • Models and examples of using technology to innovate learning, engage and support learners.
  •  Support for informal and formal learning practitioners in developing their own professional practice.
  • Knowledge of how adults as learners can benefit most from the application of technology.
  • Support for participants in the delivery of their adult learning programmes, identification of CPD needs and strategic priorities.
  • Awareness of how technology can increase adult learning opportunities and widen access.  

Outcomes

How participants can use the information gained from the event when they get back to their institutions

  • Review their use of BBC and other free learning resources and digital learning and marketing tools.  
  • Review and update their organisation's CPD provision to ensure it meets future needs.
  • Disseminate information on digital technologies and their potential to enhance and innovate adults' learning.
  • Make an informed review of their organisation's learning programme ensuring the effective use of technology to address current priorities in learning.
  • Use opportunities offered by digital technology to increase their organisations' effectiveness, reach and impact.
  • Review their organisation's use of technology for inclusion.  
  • Review their organisation's e-strategy plans. 

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Audience

Policy makers, practitioners and managers in any organisation involved in offering structured or unstructured learning for adults.  It will be of particular interest to those currently reviewing or revising their delivery, business, technology or e-strategy plans, seeking to increase learner numbers, improve learner retention, deliver online learning or use digital resources with their learners. 

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Programme

(Provisional agenda for the day.  All keynote speakers are confirmed)

09:30

Arrival and registration:  Quay House - Ground Floor
Exhibitions and networking (tea/coffee available) - Quay House - Fifth Floor

09:45

Plenary session - Quay House - Fifth Floor
Barriers: Broadcasting and technology
Ewa Luger, Project Officer, NIACE

10:15

Welcome and introduction to the day from the Chair - Quay House - Fifth Floor
David Hughes, Chief Executive, NIACE

10:25 

Keynote 1:
Learning through technology and broadcasting.
Saul Nassé, Controller, BBC Learning

10:45

Keynote 2:
A Slice of Raspberry Pi - Programming for Adults.
Eben Upton, Executive Director, Raspberry Pi Foundation

11:05

Knowledge Café
Choose two sessions 30 minutes each.  (Book on day)

Quay House - Third Floor
KC1. Augmented reality (with Theresa Beattie, JISC RSC YH)
KC2. Engaging students via social media (with David Prescot, Digital Marketting Mento
David Prescot

Quay House - Fifth Floor
KC3. Community radio for adult learning (with Tony Smith & Ros Parker, Angel Community Radio)
KC4. Technology for self-organised learning (with Terry Loane, NIACE Associate)
KC5. Massive open online courses (MOOCs): What they are and why the fuss (with David Kernohan, JISC)
KC6. Technology in forensic Mental Health settings (with Keith Powles, Tee Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust)
KC7. Are Open Badges the future for informal adult learning accreditation (with Tim Riches, Mozilla)
KC8. Working with volunteers & digital champions (Mary Moss, WEA)
KC9. ESOL, Equality & Technology  (with Lesley Duffin, Solihull COllege)
KC10. 23 things for using social media in CPD (with Anthony Beale, JISC RSC NW)
KC11. The App Shop (with John Dalziel, JISC RSC NW)
John Dalziel
KC12. Social bookmarking & collections (with Rod Paley, Xtensis)
Rod Paley
Rod Paley
KC13. Wikimedia in Education (with Dr Martin Poulter, Wikmedia Foundation)
KC14. Technology in OLASS (with Daniel O'Connor) 
Daniel O'Connor

12:05

Accessibility lunch - Quay House - Fifth Floor
Technology for equality
Hands on opportunities with JISC Techdis and Ability Net.

13:00

Workshops - session 1
(please indicate your choices in your online application form)

S1.1:  Technology and Community Learning Trusts (FULL)  Quay House Main - Fifth Floor
Sheila Brown, Sheffield City Council
Everyone is talking about Community Learning Trusts, but role does technology play in engaging learners?  This workshop, run by one of the CLT Pilots, looks at

  • The Sheffield CLT Pilot
  • The Themes of the CLT Pilot
  • Piloting the use of Technology to engage learners  

Sheila Brown
S1.2:  Easy As Pi:  Practical experience of the Raspberry Pi - Bridge House Blue Peter
Eben Upton & Edward Anstead
This workshop will feature an introduction to the Raspberry Pi, combined with some hands on experience using it, while looking at the positives of teaching programming with adults.  It will close with a discussion on what materials and support could move this subject forward.

S1.3:  Constructing online learning (FULL) - Quay House Strictly Come Dancing - Third Floor
Alan Clarke
Online learning is growing very rapidly in many different education and training sectors. Many universities are now offering online programmes and multinational companies  employ online learning to allow ease of access to staff training .  The reasons suggested include factors such as the availability of technology, the flexibility of delivery, offering learners more choice and the potential to improve the quality of delivery. There are similarities and differences between online and traditional forms of learning and we are still learning how to design online learning. However, the fundementals are clear.  The workshop will have a learning focus and will explore some of the key factors in developing an online course, including asking questions about the definition, audience, benefits and limitations of online learning and collaboration:
Alan Clarke
Alan Clarke

S1.4:  Using learners' own technologies (FULL) - Quay House Corner - Fifth Floor
Kevin Campbell-Wright & Alastair Clark
The term "Bring Your Own Device" may strike up an air of excitement in silicon valley, but it continues to provoke an airof worry and cynisism in the adult learning field.  Despite this, learners increasing come equipped with the latest mobile device, complete with its own internet connection.  In times when providers technology budgets are being cut, thinking about how we can make use of learners own devices to empower their learning is becoming of vital importance.  This workshop will explore spme of the options available for providers wanting to make use of owners own devices, connectivity issues and how we can enable a discussion around moving policy forward.
Kevin Campbell-Wright and Alastair Clark

S1.5:  BBC Skillswise:  Using technology and broadcast for literacy and numeracy -
Quay House Brian Redhead - Fourth Floor
Michael Rumbelow and Oonagh Jaquest

BBC Skillswise helps adults wanting to improve their literacy and numeracy skills. The site offers videos, games and printable worksheets, designed to bring English and maths to life in a real-world context.  As the adult skills sector moves increasingly towards a functional skills approach, join members of the Skillswise team in a hands-on examination of the digital tools we are developing to embed skills based learning in everyday situations and to inspire broadcast audiences to take their first steps in skills development. The workshop will include discussion of the latest tools and content available to tutors and learners on our website and a look at work in progress.
Oonagh Jaquest and Michael Rumbelow

S1.6:  Not putting your foot in it  - Inclusion & Safety with social media - Bridge House Digiden Reception
Anthony Beal
Not everyone has social media – but in a world where it’s growing beyond any predictions, are we digitally exclusive if we don’t guide learners through the positives and pitfalls of the various platforms?  Staff and learners, often managing multiple digital identities, are struggling to establish boundaries and develop positive digital identities that promote safe and responsible behaviour online. This workshop looks at how staff and learners can manage their digital identities by exploring the benefits and pitfalls of applying social media to teaching and learning. 
Anthony Beal

S1.7:  JISC Roadshows - Transforming Learning with Technology(FULL) - Bridge House Digiden
Theresa Beattie
The JISC RSC YH Roadshows are interactive training events with an emphasis on collaborative scenario-based activities aimed at teachers and trainers across the supported sectors.  This workshop we will share with you the impact of the roadshows and give examples of how teachers and trainers have taken forward the ideas and skills gained as a result of their participation.  Time will also be given for a hands-on activity to give a brief taster of the Roadshows. 
 

14:00

Workshops - session 2 (repeated)
(please indicate your choices in your online application form)

S2.1: Technology and Community Lening Trusts (FULL) - Quay House Main - Fifth Floor
Sheila Brown, Sheffield City Council
Everyone is talking about Community Learning Trusts, but role does technology play in engaging learners? This workshop, run by one of the CLT Pilots, looks at

  • The Sheffield CLT Pilot
  • The Themes of the CLT Pilot
  • Piloting the use of Technology to engage learners

S2.2: Easy As Pi:  Practical experience of the Rasberry Pi - Bridge House Blue Peter
 Eben Upton & Edward Anstead
This workshop will feature an introduction to the Rasberry Pi, combined with some hands on experience using it, while looking at the positive of teaching programming with adults.  It will close with a discussion on what materials and support could move this subject forward.

S2.3: Constructing online learning (FULL) - Quay House Strictly Come Dancing - Third Floor
Alan Clarke
Online learning is growing very rapidly in many different education and training sectors. Many universities are now offering online programmes and multinational companies employ online learning to allow ease of access to staff training . The reasons suggested include factors such as the availability of technology, the flexibility of delivery, offering learners more choice and the potential to improve the quality of delivery. There are similarities and differences between online and traditional forms of learning and we are still learning how to design online learning. However, the fundementals are clear. The workshop will have a learning focus and will explore some of the key factors in developing an online course, including asking questions about the definition, audience, benefits and limitations of online learning and collaboration:
Alan Clarke
Alan Clarke

S2.4: Using learners' own technologies (FULL) - Quay House Corner - Fifth Floor
Kevin Campbell-Wright & Alastair Clark
The term "Bring Your Own Device" may strike up an air of excitement in silicon valley, but it continues to provoke an airof worry and cynisism in the adult learning field. Despite this, learners increasing come equipped with the latest mobile device, complete with its own internet connection. In times when providers technology budgets are being cut, thinking about how we can make use of learners own devices to empower their learning is becoming of vital importance. This workshop will explore spme of the options available for providers wanting to make use of owners own devices, connectivity issues and how we can enable a discussion around moving policy forward.
Kevin Campbell-Wright and Alastair Clark

S2.5: BBC Skillswise: Using technology and broadcast for literacy and numeracy (FULL) -
Quay House Brian Redhead - Fourth Floor

Michael Rumbelow and Oonagh Jaquest
BBC Skillswise helps adults wanting to improve their literacy and numeracy skills. The site offers videos, games and printable worksheets, designed to bring English and maths to life in a real-world context. As the adult skills sector moves increasingly towards a functional skills approach, join members of the Skillswise team in a hands-on examination of the digital tools we are developing to embed skills based learning in everyday situations and to inspire broadcast audiences to take their first steps in skills development. The workshop will include discussion of the latest tools and content available to tutors and learners on our website and a look at work in progress.
Oonagh Jaquest and Michael Rumbelow

S2.6: Not putting your foot in it  - Inclusion & Safety with social media - Bridge House Digiden Reception
Anthony Beal
Not everyone has social media – but in a world where it’s growing beyond any predictions, are we digitally exclusive if we don’t guide learners through the positives and pitfalls of the various platforms?  Staff and learners, often managing multiple digital identities, are struggling to establish boundaries and develop positive digital identities that promote safe and responsible behaviour online. This workshop looks at how staff and learners can manage their digital identities by exploring the benefits and pitfalls of applying social media to teaching and learning.
Anthony Beal

S2.7: JISC Roadshows - Transforming Learning with Technology (FULL) - Bridge House Digiden
Theresa Beattie
The JISC RSC YH Roadshows are interactive training events with an emphasis on collaborative scenario-based activities aimed at teachers and trainers across the supported sectors. This workshop we will share with you the impact of the roadshows and give examples of how teachers and trainers have taken forward the ideas and skills gained as a result of their participation. Time will also be given for a hands-on activity to give a brief taster of the Roadshows.  

15:00

PechaKucha sessions - Quay House - Fifth Floor
PK1. If the App fits - Mobile apps for adult learning (with Sally Betts, NIACE Associate)
Sally Betts

PK2. Flipped Classroom in practice  (with Barbara Nance, NIACE Associate)
Barbara Nance

PK3. Who needs institutions? (with Terry Loane, NIACE Associate)
Terry Loane
PK4. E-Reading Rooms (with Kevin McLean, UK Online Centres)
Kevin McLean

15:30

Keynote 3:
Inspection criteria for the effective use of technology in adult learning
Andy Harris, Inspector - Learning and Skills (HMI), Ofsted
Andy Harris

15:50

Panel discussion and plenary
Chaired by David Hughes, Chief Executive, NIACE
Panellists:
Saul Nassé, Controller, BBC Learning
Stuart Edwards, BIS
Andy Harris, Inspector - Learning and Skills (HMI), Ofsted 

16:10

Summary of the day and next steps
Susan Easton, Lead Officer for Digital Learning, NIACE

16:20

Comfort break

16:30

Drinks reception with special invited guest:  Mark Thompson of The One Show

Presentation of 2012 NIACE Digital Practitioner Awards

17:30

End of conference

 

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Event Information

  • Arrival, registration and security checks are at 9:30am for a 09:45am start. There will The event will end at 4:20pm followed by a drinks reception until 5:30pm.
  • Event fee per person: £125 Full fee; £85 NIACE members (includes sandwich lunch, tea/coffee and post-conference drinks reception)
  • NB: NIACE does not charge VAT on conference or course fees
  • Only online application forms with the payments section completed will be processed.
  • NB: If you wish us to invoice your employer we require a copy of the Purchase Order before the form is processed
  • Places will be allocated in order of receipt of completed online application forms (one online application form per person)
  • Video cameras may be in use at this event. If you do not wish to be photographed or appear on the video outputs please indicate this on the application form and make yourself known at registration
  • Participants should be prepared to take their own notes as there will not be handouts for all sessions
  • Those tweeting about the event should use the hashtag #NIACEdigi12 for the conference or #DPAward12 for the event
  • If you have not received an e-mail confirming your attendance and joining instructions 4 working days before the event please contact: events@niace.org.uk
  • Hotels near the BBC MediaCityUK, Salford Quays, Salford M50 2EQ:
    Holiday Inn, MediaCity UK, Manchester M50 2EQ.
    Copthorne Manchester Hotel, Clippers Quay, Salford Quays, Manchester M50 3SN
    Premier Inn Salford Quays, 11 The Quays, Salford Quays, Salford M50 3SQ

 

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Application Conditions

  • Event date: Tuesday 4 December 2012
  • Closing date: Thursday 15 November 2012
  • Cancellations are non-refundable
  • The full fee is payable prior to the event
  • Substitutions are to be advised 5 working days prior to the event
  • A 15 working days notice period is required for provision of electronic note-takers, sign language interpreters and transcription to Braille
  • Places are to be reserved online - scroll up and click on Apply Now
  • Reservations by telephone cannot be accepted
  • Application forms are individually acknowledged by e-mail. Joining instructions, including map and directions, will be e-mailed out one week before the event
  • NIACE reserves the right to reject applicants who are not from the target audience list. 

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