This course is aimed at FE leaders and decision makers with responsibility for the learning experience, the curriculum, and the digital learning environment. We hope that through your participation in the course, you will make better decisions for your college in an environment of increasing digital dependence and in response to rising student expectations of their digital learning experience.
The ‘Developing Leaders for a Digital Age’ course will support college leaders to become better informed and empowered to make decisions about the provision and use of technology which meets learners’ expectations, develops their digital literacies and prepares them for employment.
Leaders in FE need to plan strategies, devise plans and allocate resources in such a way that the college digital environments and services meet the needs and manage the expectations of digital learners. We hope that as a result of your participation in the course, you will go on to make better decisions for your college in an environment of increasing digital dependence and in response to rising student expectations of their digital learning experience. The course will not train you to implement specific digital solutions, but will encourage you to use digital tools appropriate to your own professional development.
Using the course materials, webinars and activities, with support from the project team and working with other FE managers/leaders, you will:
- Build scenarios for alternative digital futures
- Explore why and how your organisation could respond to learners' changing expectations of their digital environment.
- Envisage the environments and services needed to enable teachers to design experiences that will prepare learners to flourish in a digital world.
- Plan how to use a variety of techniques to engage learners in dialogue about their learning environment and to gather and analyse intelligence about their changing needs.
- Adopt technologies relevant to your own professional development
What to expect
The course will be based around webinars and online resources and will follow an action learning approach. This means that you will consider real challenges and begin to formulate real solutions for your college with the support of other leaders and decision makers.The main feature of the course will be webinars where speakers from colleges who have embraced digital technologies will share their experiences, and you will have the opportunity to engage with a supportive network of college leaders who can help you turn plans into practical actions, and to present your findings and your learning.
Developing Leaders for a Digital Age has been commissioned on behalf of the Education and Training Foundation by AELP as the lead for the Excellence in Leadership, Management and Governance (ELMAG) partnership, and is funded by the Education and Training Foundation.