Ufi funds free online course to help teachers and trainers use digital technology | Ufi Charitable Trust

Ufi funds free online course to help teachers and trainers use digital technology

This November the biggest free online course in Vocational Education will open to help teachers and trainers use digital technology with their learners.

Built by practitioners from across the vocational sector, the online course will be the first of its kind in the UK, open to all and free to attend. It will help teachers and trainers increase their confidence in using technology and apply what they learn in their own classroom, workplace or community.

Funded by the Ufi Trust, the course will focus on the practical digital skills that teachers and trainers need to combine digital resources with face to face teaching. Development of the course is being led by The Institute of Education, heading up a consortium of vocational education practitioners. Together, they are making sure that the course combines practical tried and tested methods with sound pedagogy. The course will run on Futurelearn, the UK’s leading platform for delivering open courses.

Bob Harrison, Ufi Trustee who has championed this project says:

“My passion for this project is predicated on my 40 years’ experience in Further Education and my absolute belief in the potential of technology to improve learning.”

The new course will support the aim of FELTAG (Further Education Learning Technology Action Group) to increase the use of digital technology in the FE sector. Bob Harrison continues:

“I know learners and teachers in FE could much more take advantage of digital technology if we had a better digital infrastructure but, more importantly, if the teachers and support staff had the space to innovate and the skills and confidence to use technology more creatively. That's why the aim of FELTAG (Further Education Learning Technology Action Group) is to support the ‘agile evolution’ of the sector and that will be accelerated by the Ufi Trust’s open course.”

Chief Executive, Rebecca Garrod-Waters, says, “I am really pleased to be able to announce the start of this project. We are totally committed to vocational learning through digital technology – this means we need the whole teaching and training professions to be enthused, engaged and excited about using digital tools to teach and engage learners. Ufi Charitable Trust wants to catalyse change in the vocational world and [engaging] the professionals who deliver the teaching is the foundation.”