Using Digital Technologies in a Mixed Group of Learners with some Significant Barriers

Sophie Burtenshaw
11th November 2021

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Give a brief description of your work context and responsibilities, e.g. your teaching background, experience, type of organisation (e.g. FE college, ACL), subject/curriculum you teach/lead, your learners (skills level, any particular inclusion needs, age range of group, size of group)

I teach maths (and some English) in an ACL context to adults who are working towards an accredited qualification, mostly Functional Skills Maths L1 and 2. I have been teaching online for the last couple of years, but have recently started a new face-to-face course. Our face-to-face courses take place in a range of contexts, but this one is happening in a community centre.

How did you use the learning from this module in your teaching context?

I have a face-to-face group of learners doing a maths course who have very mixed access to IT. Some are very capable, having accessed online courses before, and have access to good wifi connectivity and laptops/other devices which can be used to access Google Classroom and the material and assignments I put on there. Most of the others, however, being a group of long-term unemployed... more

What worked well?

I have found that after just a few sessions, learners who were unable/unwilling to use digital technology are now becoming a little more confident with using it. I haven't devoted a huge amount of time to it, mainly because I didn't want to put off the uncomfortable learners, but I think I will be able to increase the time gradually as the course progresses and therefore create... more

What would you do differently next time?

I would do a survey of people's access to wifi and devices right at the beginning of the course. I would also ask learners how confident they are with digital technologies, and how willing to use them.

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Mixed Group Barriers Digital Technology Access Confidence

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