Ufi report leads way for adult education
Ufi has produced a report that leads the way for improving adult education through technology.
Scaling Up: achieving a breakthrough in adult learning with technology was compiled following research including 142 phone and online questionnaires and 36 in-depth interviews with researchers, business people, learning professionals and civil servants.
“Our respondents were clear that Ufi should support work that has the potential for large-scale delivery and should encourage innovative delivery channels,” says report co-author Clive Shepherd.
“The desk research led us to consider international trends and shifts in technology and delivery. Having completed the information-gathering stage, we were able to identify key opportunities for improvement.”
Those opportunities can be summed up under three main headings:
- Increasing the capability of those involved in running the vocational learning system
- Exploiting networks to bring together learners, learning content and learning professionals
- Harnessing computers to support individualised and differentiated learning
“We believe the existing vocational education and training system could, in time, respond to the problems and opportunities we identify,” Clive Shepherd continues.
“However, the system is limited in resource and, weighed down by the baggage of past and current practice, in imagination. The opportunities are too great and the needs too pressing to stand back and merely hope for change. Ufi cannot bring about a transformation in vocational learning by itself, but it can certainly act as a catalyst for one. We hope our report points the way.”