For the further education (FE) sector, technology is at the heart of the curriculum, aiming to prepare learners for their future careers. So, how does the sector currently use technology? And is there more it could be doing?
Here, Carl Sheen, Head of Training and Product Development, discusses the way technology has changed the FE sector’s approach to education so far, and how the sector should best prepare for the emerging future edtech trends.
The student experience
At the forefront for any teacher or education provider is the importance of the student experience. In the current education sphere, technology is embedded within the curriculum to heighten, emphasise and improve the learning experience of every student.
One-way technology has facilitated this is the ability for teachers to provide an ‘all accessible’ experience for students. By using software and virtual learning environments (VLEs), teachers can share classroom material online, giving students the autonomy to access their work wherever and whenever they need to.
Also, using interactive technology in the classroom allows for teachers to plan interactive activities such as quizzes through learners’ personal devices. Not only is this fun and engaging for learners, but it gives teachers the opportunity to track progression and understanding.
If there’s a learner who perhaps isn’t quite getting the same answers as everyone else in the class, teachers can discreetly monitor and address this issue to prevent complete disengagement with a subject.