Author Archives: Ellen Lessner

12 new learner stories now available

The idea for the Digital Learner Stories came from feedback at a consultation event at the end of the Jisc Digital student: Skills sector study.  Participants remarked that it would be useful to have real learner voices talking briefly about their digital experiences in various post-16 sectors.  This would be a resource to help groups … Read more

Technology in prisons; untapped potential?

Posted on behalf of Nick Jeans, Senior Consultant (Learning Technology) at Sero.  (Please note the addition to the original post which was added on 6/5/16) Our learner focus groups have concluded with a couple of visits to prisons, which have been particularly interesting. Shotts prison near Glasgow is a Category A, high security establishment, while … Read more

Digital Student Skills sector consultation event – Bristol 17 February

Posted on behalf of Giles Pepler, project manager for the Jisc Skills sector study: The first of three provider and learner consultations was held in Bristol on Wednesday 17th February. The event was full to capacity, with over 50 participants, with colleges, private training providers, ACL, universities and college learners all represented. We were particularly … Read more

Skills sector project: Five more learner focus groups and some preliminary thoughts from these

Posted on behalf of Giles Pepler,Skills Study Project Manager, and NIck Jeans,Senior Consultant (Learning Technology): In the run up to Christmas we ran five further learner focus groups: three in ACL and two at private training providers. The ACL learners included a large and lively group at Carmarthen and smaller groups in Leicester and Derby, … Read more

News from the first three learner focus groups: Skills Digital Student Study

Posted on behalf of Giles Pepler,Skills Study Project Manager, and NIck Jeans,Senior Consultant (Learning Technology): During the past week we have run the first three learner focus groups and these have been interesting, varied and challenging. We’ve discussed the issues with a group of child care learners – largely school leavers – at InTouch Care … Read more

Skills study planning well under way

Posted on behalf of Giles Pepler, Skills Study Project Manager Since the study commenced towards the end of July, there has been a very encouraging response from skills training, adult education providers and colleges in seeking to become involved – more than 30 expressions of interest which have greatly helped us start organising learner focus … Read more

Start from the beginning; a case for a digital ‘Learner Profile’ + a useful ‘Student Digital Experience Benchmarking’ tool for FE (and HE)

I was fortunate to be part of the FE Digital Student project , one of four in the larger Jisc study investigating students’ expectations of the digital environment. One of the clear messages we heard during focus groups held for the FE study was that learners wanted access to help to improve their use of … Read more