Creating a digitally inclusive learning community

Fionna Mortimer
13th May 2021

There is an increased need to be able to competently use digital technology with learners to provide a stimulating learning environment and to support the learners’ own digital journey. Most of the IT skills within the team have been picked up intuitively without direct tuition good enough and there were gaps in knowledge. I needed a resource which would assess the level of digital knowledge, identify individual needs then provide a suitable set of training courses with differentiated pathways to suit basic needs and more advanced requirements. In addition the needs were so varied that it would be difficult for me to create suitable training or resources to satisfy everyone so I needed to use online resources which were of a high quality, however i had no budget so they also needed to be free.

Targeted Audience

EKC IntoWork Departmental staff. Then hopefully the whole business unit and then the wider college.

Resource effectiveness in solving the identified problem

The Creating a digitally inclusive learning community course available as part of Microsoft Innovative Educator set of online training courses provided an excellent self-assessment tool "Teacher Confidence" ladder which produces a rubric of levels and identified which topis of digital literacy they were not confident in. This formed the initial discussion with the staff about where their digital knowledge gaps were and to critically reflect on their ability. In addition, it allowed us to plan a set of digital resources which were unique to each person to support their personal development toward being a more competent digital technology user.

Use, impact and benefits seen from learners

Technology in classrooms empowers learners to achieve more. Microsoft Windows and Windows-based applications like Office, together with other assistive technologies, offer features that make computers easier to use for everyone – giving teachers the opportunity to provide personalised learning, and learners an improved experience and equal opportunity in the classroom. The staff need to ensure they are suitably digitally literate skills and knowledge into their sessions and develop their mastery to ensure they incorporate digital and also be able to provide the most appropriate digital skills for their learners to be able to work and operate in the modern world. These are skills needed regardless of the industry for which we are training them. They are as important in the working world as maths and English.

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