Digital skills are widely acknowledged as being a future skills requirement, not only for employability but also for the economic performance of the country. The Education and Training Foundation (ETF) is currently creating a framework to develop a common understanding of digital skills in the Further Education and Skills sector and promote a set of professional standards for using technology to support learning.
The new educational technology competency framework will be developed from a teacher and trainer perspective with pedagogy at the forefront of the design. It builds on the research and existing programmes developed by ETF and Jisc – a not-for-profit organisation the provides digital solutions for UK education and research. Importantly, it will include pathways to meet the needs of teachers and trainers working in the SEND, offender learning, adult community learning and work-based learning sectors.
This framework aims to be different from existing competency frameworks for digital skills in three ways: firstly, by focusing on teaching and learning rather than simply applying technical skills; secondly, by providing a comprehensive suite of online bite-sized training modules which can be accessed just in time from anywhere and any device; and thirdly, with the development of a badged recognition and reward structure to encourage teachers and trainers who invest in their personal development.
The framework and the outlines of associated bite-sized learning modules are currently being developed by the project team led by sector specialists Sero Consulting. A consultation for members of the sector to comment on the draft framework will be launched at the end of August, running till mid-September.
You can find out how the framework and bite-sized learning modules are progressing and have your say by visiting the project webpage.