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FE needs help to embrace digital


New research published by City & Guilds has revealed that 80% of FE tutors believe that technology has the power to positively impact teaching and learning and 66% think technology improves it. However, the research also fi nds that


professionals are being held back from making the most of new resources due to a lack of investment, uncertainty about the technology and limited opportunities for access and experimentation. The Technology in FE Survey Report,


revealed highly positive at itudes towards using technological resources in the


classroom – regardless of age or experience. Three quarters fi nd technology useful for tracking student progress or conducting tests, while 72% see it as benefi cial to sharing resources with students outside of lessons. The research also shows support from the


top in colleges across the UK: 71% of tutors say their leadership team encourages the use of new technology. However enthusiasm for what the digital future can off er among tutors and managers is not yet being matched by uptake in the classroom. More than a third (38%) of those surveyed say


they lack confi dence in learning to use new technologies, and fewer than one in seven use all the technology available to them. Tutors are clear that in order to embrace the digital future they need bet er support and more investment in new resources. City & Guilds is calling for FE


leaders to prioritise support for their tutors, both in terms of experimentation time and provision of relevant tools, so that the sector can optimise the use of new technologies and step into the digital future.


Online bursary for UK postgrads


OF FE TUTORS BELIEVE THAT 80% TECHNOLOGY HAS THE POWER TO


POSITIVELY IMPACT


TEACHING AND LEARNING IN LEARNING TO USE NEW TECH


SAY THEY LACK CONFIDENCE


38% OF FE TUTORS


Postgraduate Search is off ering £10k worth of bursaries to students starting a postgrad course at a UK university this year. Postgraduatesearch.com, part of the


IMPROVES TEACHING AND LEARNING 66% THINK TECHNOLOGY 1 IN 7 JUST


USE ALL THE TECH AVAILABLE TO THEM


Hotcourses group, is off ering £10,000 of bursaries to students starting a postgrad course in the UK this year. Entrants for the new bursary are asked


to demonstrate passion and justifi cation on why they should receive extra funding. Open to students of any nationality, the


money will be given to the most engaging, imaginative and creative entries; students have the choice of applying through the writ en word, a video or another means of communication, as long as they explain what they are studying, why they deserve the money and what they hope to do after the course. Simon Emmet , MD of the higher


education portfolio at Hotcourses said: “With the fi rst round of students paying the full annual £9,000 tuition fees graduating this year, postgraduate study is becoming an unreachable dream for the average student. With crippling debts of £50,000 or more, postgraduate study just isn’t possible anymore. “At Postgraduate Search, we are fi rm


believers in the need for postgraduate education to equip graduates with the skills they need to meet the demand for a more skilled workforce in the UK. “This is why we are commit ed to


giving away up to £10,000 worth of bursaries to help students who are more in need now than ever.”


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