The Education and Training Foundation (ETF) Enhance Digital Teaching Platform has been recognised for a second time as one of the 50 people, organisations and products shaping the education and technology sector across the UK, with an EdTech 50 2021/22 award.
The platform, which also won an EdTech 50 2020 award, offers a user-friendly online training service designed specifically to help Further Education and Training staff with scarce time for CPD to respond to self-identified training needs. The focus is on effective teaching, rather than technology, with a structure that puts staff in control of their own digital CPD.
Funded by the Department for Education and delivered by the ETF, the platform features two core offers. The first is focused on use of Educational Technology (EdTech), based on the Digital Teaching Professional Framework (DTPF), the ETF’s national EdTech competency framework. The second is focused on Essential Digital Skills for life and work, based on the national standards introduced in 2019.
The EdTech 50 Awards celebrate the use of technology to improve teaching and learning, showcasing exceptional examples of good practice that others can learn from. Award winners are nominated by colleagues in the sector and selected by a judging panel.
Ty Goddard, chair of Edtech UK and the Edtech 50 judging panel, said: “Edtech as a tool for school and college improvement had been ignored for too long. Covid taught us all so much about what is important across our communities and public services.”
The Enhance Digital Teaching Platform has proved very popular with more than 86,000 online training modules completed and 28,000 digital badges awarded to recognise achievement. Although the platform is friction-free and users do not have to sign up to access the training, nearly 14,000 have chosen to register to track their learning and gain digital badges.
The ETF’s National Head of EdTech and Digital Skills, Vikki Liogier, said:
“We are delighted to receive this recognition from colleagues in the Further Education and Training sector. The Enhance Digital Teaching Platform is built on collaboration and has increasingly become a hub for sharing practice as well as undertaking training.”
Recent developments on the platform include a social-media-style online community of practice for sharing resources and ideas about digital skills and use of technology for learning and an #EdTechSwap wall full of reflections and resources contributed by those gaining digital badges.
To access the platform and register (top right on the homepage), visit: www.enhance.etfoundation.co.uk