ETF launches weekly EdTech drop-in clinics

From Wednesday 17 February (2021), the team working on the Enhance Digital Teaching Platform for the Education and Training Foundation (ETF) will be providing weekly educational technology (EdTech) drop-in clinics from 12.30pm–1.15pm.

The team includes Sally Betts, Alistair McGrath, Tricia Odell and Sarah Simons, led by Vikki Liogier, the ETF’s National Head of EdTech and Digital Skills, and has been responsible for developing the digital badging and community of practice elements of the ETF’s EdTech offer.

The clinics will last 45 minutes and will offer Edtech advice and support to those who are using the EdTech modules on the Enhance Digital Teaching Platform and working towards the associated digital badges.

Each clinic will include:

  • Themed input (10 mins)
  • Time to discuss and share (5 mins)
  • Review of supporting modules on the Enhance Digital Teaching Platform (5 mins)
  • Q&A (20 mins)

Themes will cover topics in four categories on the platform:

  • Accessibility
  • Connected and Effective: Working from Home
  • Dealing with Difference and Diversity
  • The Digital Teacher

The first four clinics will cover the following topics:

17 February – Building confidence in checking resources for accessibility.
Including a useful Accessibility Checklist.

24 February – Remote delivery and equitable access to technology.
How to support learners with limited access to digital technology or low digital skills.

3 March – Next steps in extending your digital skills.
Including some frameworks to support you to plan your next steps.

10 March – Selecting tools to use with learners.
Including tips to support you when you’re considering using a new tool with learners.

24 March – Developing your blended approach.
With blended learning likely to stay as part of curriculum delivery for many of our learners we’ll explore the benefits and challenges of a flipped learning approach. Drop-in and ask a question about the approaches you could take.

31 March – Showcase practice.
We’ll share with you EdTech practice by your peers across the FE sector and we’ll show where you can find more and join the community. Drop-in and ask a question about the approaches we share or come and tell us what you’ve been trying out with your learners.

Clinics will continue up to and including 31 March.

Vikki Liogier said:

“The aim of these clinics is to help practitioners to build confidence and develop their skills as they experiment with new ways of working in the current circumstances. The sessions will enable practitioners to share what has worked for them as well as bring questions. We will be focusing on digital pedagogy rather than IT support.”

No pre-booking is required for the sessions. To join on the day, please click on the link below and bookmark it for future use:
ETF weekly EdTech drop-in clinics.

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