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Alex Stevenson

Effective digital skills teaching in the context of digital exclusion: ESOL and non-formal learning

Drawing on research with ESOL practitioners in formal and informal settings, Head of Essential and Life Skills at Learning and Work Institute Alex Stevenson reflects on the links between basic digital skills and other basic skills, including literacy and ESOL.

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Sarah Knight

What is an effective digital experience for learners?

Sarah Knight, Head of Learning and Teaching Transformation at Jisc, looks at the findings of its recent research on learners’ experiences and expectations of digital learning and asks what can be learnt from them.

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Emma Langlois

Delivering foundation digital skills to beginner learners

Emma Langlois, Digital Skills and Preparation for Work Curriculum Manager at Manchester Adult Education, reflects on the lessons that have been learned during the implementation of its Digital Skills for Beginners course.

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Sue Pember

Entitlement for Essential Digital Skills (EDS) Qualifications – Adult and Community Education

Dr Sue Pember CBE, Policy Director for Holex, considers the increased importance of digital skills for adult learners as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, and the challenges that must be overcome, including how and by whom they can be most effectively taught.

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Steve Grix

The Third Functional Skill: We should embed digital skills in all learning activities

In the fifth of a series of Essential Digital Skills ‘Thought Pieces’, Novus Digital Learning Lead Steve Grix focuses on the importance of digital skills to learners in the Prison Education Framework.

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Mary Moss

Effective practice in teaching essential digital skills – an account of a rapid literature review

Mary Moss, a member of the ETF’s Essential Digital Skills CPD support programme delivery team, reviews some of the current literature to gain an understanding of what constitutes effective digital practice.

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Emma Weston

What can we learn from the experience of Digital Champions working remotely? How have they continued to engage and support learners?

Emma Watson OBE of Digital Unite argues that not only do practitioners need to think about how developing their learners’ digital skills will develop their learning capacity overall, they must also address the more pressing pandemic-provoked question of how they do this remotely.

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Mel Coleman

Upskilling staff – a cultural shift

When thinking about teaching digital skills, whether directly as an Essential Digital Skills (EDS) course or embedded into other courses and subjects, it is also important to think about the skills and experiences of the teaching staff who will deliver these qualifications and develop these skills in our learners.

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Helen Milner

Learning digital skills and closing the digital divide

In the second of a series of Essential Digital Skills ‘Thought Pieces’, Group Chief Executive for the Good Things Group in the UK and Australia Helen Milner explains more about its work.

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Jo Dixon

Supporting digital skills: the importance of understanding and valuing everyday digital practices

. In the first of a series of Essential Digital Skills thought pieces by authors from across the sector, Jo Dixon draws on her own experience supporting digital skills development amongst teachers and adult learners of ESOL to show how exploring learners’ current practices can help learners develop digital skills in small steps.

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Fiona Chalk

The role of the board in engendering the college of the future

Piece by Fiona Chalk. National Head of Governance Development at the ETF

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Teams works: Collaboration the key for English at Essex Adult Community Learning

ETF Regional Specialist Lead Bob Read talks to Karen Gowlett about how MS Teams has been central to English teaching at Essex Adult Community Learning in 2020.

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Exploring challenges and solutions for delivering Essential Digital Skills in different settings

October 2020 update on the Essential Digital Skillls programme phase two provision and resources

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Vikki Liogier

Start your digital CPD journey with the Enhance Digital Teaching Platform

Vikki Liogier, the ETF’s National Head of EdTech and Digital Skills, writes about digital skill and the Enhance Digital Teaching Platform.

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The Online Educator: The Art of Effective Online Communication

Article by Simon Day, Vice-President of Education at Toastmasters International

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