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Alex Stevenson

Effective digital skills teaching in the context of digital exclusion: ESOL and non-formal learning

Drawing on research with ESOL practitioners in formal and informal settings, Head of Essential and Life Skills at Learning and Work Institute Alex Stevenson reflects on the links between basic digital skills and other basic skills, including literacy and ESOL.

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Sarah Knight

What is an effective digital experience for learners?

Sarah Knight, Head of Learning and Teaching Transformation at Jisc, looks at the findings of its recent research on learners’ experiences and expectations of digital learning and asks what can be learnt from them.

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Emma Langlois

Delivering foundation digital skills to beginner learners

Emma Langlois, Digital Skills and Preparation for Work Curriculum Manager at Manchester Adult Education, reflects on the lessons that have been learned during the implementation of its Digital Skills for Beginners course.

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Sue Pember

Entitlement for Essential Digital Skills (EDS) Qualifications – Adult and Community Education

Dr Sue Pember CBE, Policy Director for Holex, considers the increased importance of digital skills for adult learners as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, and the challenges that must be overcome, including how and by whom they can be most effectively taught.

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Steve Grix

The Third Functional Skill: We should embed digital skills in all learning activities

In the fifth of a series of Essential Digital Skills ‘Thought Pieces’, Novus Digital Learning Lead Steve Grix focuses on the importance of digital skills to learners in the Prison Education Framework.

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CfESEND blog: City College Norwich on supporting learners with SEND with employment

In this blog post, City College Norwich reflect on how they have been supporting learners with SEND with employment during Covid-19.

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CfESEND blog: leadership reflections with Derby College Group

In this blog post, Derby College Group reflect on leadership and ‘compassionate agitation’ to develop inclusive thinking.

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CfESEND blog: Weston College on making mental health and emotional wellbeing a priority

In this blog post, Weston College discuss creating a culture where staff and learners’ mental health and wellbeing is a top priority.

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Mary Moss

Effective practice in teaching essential digital skills – an account of a rapid literature review

Mary Moss, a member of the ETF’s Essential Digital Skills CPD support programme delivery team, reviews some of the current literature to gain an understanding of what constitutes effective digital practice.

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Emma Weston

What can we learn from the experience of Digital Champions working remotely? How have they continued to engage and support learners?

Emma Watson OBE of Digital Unite argues that not only do practitioners need to think about how developing their learners’ digital skills will develop their learning capacity overall, they must also address the more pressing pandemic-provoked question of how they do this remotely.

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Mel Coleman

Upskilling staff – a cultural shift

When thinking about teaching digital skills, whether directly as an Essential Digital Skills (EDS) course or embedded into other courses and subjects, it is also important to think about the skills and experiences of the teaching staff who will deliver these qualifications and develop these skills in our learners.

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Helen Milner

Learning digital skills and closing the digital divide

In the second of a series of Essential Digital Skills ‘Thought Pieces’, Group Chief Executive for the Good Things Group in the UK and Australia Helen Milner explains more about its work.

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Jo Dixon

Supporting digital skills: the importance of understanding and valuing everyday digital practices

. In the first of a series of Essential Digital Skills thought pieces by authors from across the sector, Jo Dixon draws on her own experience supporting digital skills development amongst teachers and adult learners of ESOL to show how exploring learners’ current practices can help learners develop digital skills in small steps.

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CfESEND blog: Weston College on the health, wellbeing and morale of staff

Sam Mayhew, Dean of Faculty at Weston College for the Centres for Excellence in SEND programme, on how they are supporting staff wellbeing and morale during lockdown.

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CfESEND blog: Social Inclusion – Enabling vs Empowerment: progressing and succeeding in employment

Pete Benyon, Inclusionist and CfESEND Curriculum Project Manager at Derby College Group (DCG), looks at the impact of words such as “empowering”.

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