How can digital technology support colleges with lost learning?

Join the Association of Colleges (AoC) and Ufi VocTech Trust to explore how digital technology can support colleges, students, and staff catch-up on lost vocational learning and reduce the UK’s skills gaps.

Friday 19 November
2pm – 3pm

As the use of innovative digital technology spreads throughout further education colleges, helping students and teachers prepare for the future of work, the AoC and Ufi are keen to explore how it can be best used to tackle the UK’s growing skills gaps and support students catching-up on lost vocational learning.

Both vocational learning catch-up and tackling skills gaps are key to the UK’s economic recovery, and digital technology will be a vital tool for colleges. In this event we heard from sector leaders and expert practitioners on how they think innovative technology can support colleges.

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Our panellists

Louise Rowland (Chair)

Deputy Chief Executive, Ufi VocTech Trust

Louise is Deputy CEO of Ufi VocTech Trust, responsible for grant funding activity, including partnerships, our communications work, and IT. As a small team Louise’s responsibilities span strategy and direction of travel as well as oversight of operations and delivery in these areas. Previous to this Louise was Ufi Programme Director, leading the development and delivery of Ufi’s grant funding programmes.

David Corke

Director of Education and Skills Policy, Association of Colleges

David is a well known figure in the Further Education sector, having been with the Association of Colleges (AoC) for more than six years. Prior to this, David had fifteen years’ experience in senior management within the sector, including working in and leading curriculum and business support areas at a number of colleges. He has also led commercial and professional services departments at the Peter Jones Foundation and in the IT industry.

Scott Hayden

Digital Innovation Specialist and Lecturer of Creative Media Production, Basingstoke College of Technology (BCoT)

Scott is a Teacher and a Manager of a Student-turned-Technologist team that supports and trains all learners and staff in using digital, creative, and innovative approaches to teaching and learning.

In 2018 the team Scott created and led – built around students and apprentices at BCoT – won the TES FE Award for ‘Outstanding use of Technology for improving Teaching, Learning and Assessment 2018’ and was named in the EdTech50.

Scott is a Google Certified Innovator, a National Teaching Awards Silver Winner, a National Advisor for EdTech UK, and is currently working as part of the DfE’s EdTech Demonstrator Programme to support and develop the use of edtech in schools and colleges across the country since March 2020.

Bob Howe

Head of Platform (Education), Advanced

Bob has worked in the TechEd space for over 25 years. Most of those years have been spent at bksb where he specialised in the design and development of Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs) and the application of Computer Adaptive Test (CAT) using Item Response Theory (IRT). Bob is currently working at Advanced on projects to advance the concept of intelligent, data-driven learning environments and Learner Management Systems (LMS).

Karen Spencer

Principal and CEO, Harlow College

Karen Spencer is Principal and CEO of Harlow College which prides itself on being the first FE College (UK) awarded Apple Distinguished School status for digital innovation in learning, teaching and assessment.

Karen was a member of the Advisory Committee for Mathematics Education, providing policy advice to Government Mathematics Education and was involved in the setup of a National Centre for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics. She is co-Chair of the Association of Colleges (AoC) English & Maths Policy group and is a member of the AoC Quality and Performance group. In 2020 Karen was awarded an MBE for her services to Education and Aviation.

Association of Colleges

Association of Colleges is the national voice for further education, sixth form, tertiary and specialist colleges in England. They are are a not-for-profit membership organisation established in 1996 by colleges, for colleges. Their members make up almost 95% of the sector – transforming 2.2 million lives each year.