Grant call for Reflective Explorations

17/08/2021 by Liz Wallis
Article summary

New Funding: £4k each for 6 new #EdTech reflective explorations

If you are a learning provider in the FE and Training sector and want to help your staff develop their digital skills, we want to hear from you.

The ETF's EdTech team has secured funding to support a number of short reflective explorations that will help teachers and trainers develop their digital skills through engagement with the EdTech modules, badging and social media model on the Enhance Digital Teaching Platform.

Background

To support practitioners in improving their use of technology in teaching and assessment, the EdTech team at the ETF has developed a range of bite-sized online training modules mapped to the Digital Teaching Professional Framework (DTPF), the national EdTech competency framework. These modules can be found on the ETF's user-friendly Enhance Digital Teaching Platform.

To complement this offer, a digital badge scheme rewards teachers and trainers for critically reflecting on the impact the modules have had on their practice. The scheme also encourages practitioners to post reflections and share teaching and learning resources on the Enhance EdTech community of practice, the 'Awarded Practice Wall' (#EdTechSWAP). Practitioners who comment on other practitioner's reflections and resources, helping to stimulate pedagogic dialogue on the Awarded Practice Wall, can become Super Contributors and can train to become an Enhance Reviewer, assessing EdTech programme badge submissions.

Funding opportunity

We are inviting organisations to express their interest in conducting short, focused projects which aim to develop EdTech communities of practice within institutions and networks, through undertaking Enhance modules and engaging in pedagogic dialogue on the EdTech Awarded Practice Wall. In this way, practitioners will become part of a growing community, driving improvement in online practice across the sector. There are also opportunities for participants who take part in the projects to become Enhance Super Contributors and/or Reviewers.

The approach calls for groups of up to three practitioners in an institution or network to work collaboratively to improve their EdTech practice, typically by engaging in peer observation and critical reflection. Participants will draw on their learning from one or more of the Enhance modules to improve a specific aspect of their practice. They will subsequently submit applications for two-star badges that will encourage them to critically reflect on the impact of the learning on their practice as well as their learners. Practitioners will go on to apply for three-star badges by developing and sharing teaching and learning resources.

Practitioner groups will be supported by a Project Lead in their institution or network who will facilitate the research activity. Project Leads will also be expected to undertake Enhance modules that are relevant to their role and to work towards two and three-star badges at Leading level. All projects will be supported by an ETF EdTech Mentor.

Project funding and eligibility

Research will need to be completed by 17 th December 2021.

We welcome participation from everyone who supports direct teaching (including teachers, trainers, learning support professionals, assessors, managers, administrative staff, employers and governors).

Funding, worth up to £4 ,000 for each of 6 projects, is available to cover remission for staff participation. Please note, project funding cannot be spent on equipment or any other form of capital expenditure. An additional package of support (managed by the programme team) will cover coaching/mentoring and CPD. 

Organisations wishing to submit proposals for funding should read the guidance before completing an online expression of interest form.

The online form must be completed and submitted by 11.59pm on Friday 3rd September 2021.

If you have any questions about registering an expression of interest, please e-mail Vikki Liogier.

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