New award for digital practitioners - nominations closed Monday, November 12, 2012 - 09:37

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Nominations are now closed for the new Digital Practitioner Award, recognising tutors who have made adult learning more accessible, engaging and innovative.

The award is sponsored by the Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS) and will be presented at NIACE's Innovating Learning conference in December. The ceremony, supported by the BBC and taking place at its new flagship studios at MediaCity in Salford, will feature three winners alongside a special award for technology in offender learning, funded by the Skills Funding Agency (SFA). Winners will gain free entry to the conference for themselves and their nominator and will be presented with a certificate and a £300 learning voucher.

NIACE's conference will encourage dialogue between practitioners, managers and policy makers, on how technology can influence how adults learn. It will also help to shape NIACE policy through responses to keynote addresses, workshops and forums.

Peter Samson, Information Technology and Languages Curriculum Manager, Middlesbrough Community Learning Service, said:

Winning the award is very special for me, but also for putting Middlesbrough Community Learning Service on the map as a ground breaking user of technology in the field of post 19 education.

Peter Samson

"After winning the National E-Guide award in 2011, I have had the opportunity to continue with our projects, such as 'Amigos' using Skype for language learners. I have also showcased how we use e-learning to a group of English teachers in Russia. Winning the award is very special for me, but also for putting Middlesbrough Community Learning Service on the map as a ground breaking user of technology in the field of post 19 education."

Kevin Campbell-Wright, Project Officer at NIACE, said:

"The opportunities to widen participation, transform delivery and improve outcomes through technology are available like never before, but to understand them we need dialogue between policy makers, providers and the practitioners who are already doing it.

The NIACE conference opens those discussions, showcases examples and, through our Digital Practitioner Awards, gives recognition to those leading the way. We're delighted that LSIS and the SFA are supporting these awards, which show the real commitment to digital innovation in the adult learning sector."

Markos Tiris, Head of Teaching and Learning at LSIS, said they were delighted to be involved with the Digital Practitioner Award:

"Supporting Teaching and Learning is at the very top of the three priorities we recently announced. We are always striving to promote improvement; this award shows just how much commitment there is to improve engagement and innovation in adult learning through the use of Technology."

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