Good practice in ICT in colleges

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Good practice in ICT in colleges

  1. 1. Good practice in ICT in colleges Elizabeth Warriner HMI 5 March 2009
  2. 2. Background to the survey <ul><li>This survey looked at ICT provision in colleges rated as outstanding or good at their most recent inspection </li></ul><ul><li>Between October 2007 and March 2008, 6 inspectors visited 21 GFE colleges and 4 sixth form colleges </li></ul><ul><li>The survey identifies some key elements of good practice in teaching ICT and also makes some recommendations for further improvement </li></ul>
  3. 3. Why? <ul><li>The change in inspection methodology to a largely desk-based monitoring approach for good colleges reduces opportunities to report in detail on good practice </li></ul><ul><li>ICT is a key sector where employers find it difficult to recruit appropriately skilled staff </li></ul><ul><li>Changes in the ICT curriculum </li></ul>
  4. 4. Survey team: <ul><li>Elizabeth Warriner </li></ul><ul><li>Nick Gadfield </li></ul><ul><li>Andy Johnson </li></ul><ul><li>Ann Mead </li></ul><ul><li>Marilyn Cheesman </li></ul><ul><li>Don Cassells </li></ul>
  5. 5. Methodology <ul><li>Desk research to identify outstanding and good colleges </li></ul><ul><li>Selection of sample – excluding those being inspected or included in other surveys </li></ul><ul><li>On-site visits – 1-day by 1 inspector, key themes to explore </li></ul>
  6. 6. The survey focused on key themes: <ul><li>Success rates including trends and by different groups </li></ul><ul><li>Good practice particularly at level 3 </li></ul><ul><li>Use of VLEs </li></ul><ul><li>Use of workshops </li></ul><ul><li>Progression between levels </li></ul><ul><li>Employer links </li></ul><ul><li>Staff technical updating </li></ul>
  7. 7. Key findings <ul><li>Development of good technical and analytical skills </li></ul><ul><li>Variety of systems to monitor student progress </li></ul><ul><li>Use of short term targets and expert support in workshops </li></ul><ul><li>Provision for students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities </li></ul><ul><li>Progression opportunities – mainly to further study </li></ul>
  8. 8. Key findings - good practice in teaching and learning <ul><li>Detailed lesson planning to meet all needs </li></ul><ul><li>Good variety of tasks with focus on student activity </li></ul><ul><li>Frequent checks on learning – QA to test and also extend knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Confident use of ILT kit by tutors and students - seamless integration into lessons </li></ul><ul><li>Regular reference to current commercial or industrial practice </li></ul>
  9. 9. Areas for further development <ul><li>Gender balance </li></ul><ul><li>Employer involvement – work placements for students and staff; contribution to students’ understanding of the sector </li></ul><ul><li>VLEs </li></ul>
  10. 10. Finally <ul><li>A big thank you to the staff and students in all the colleges visited for their enthusiastic cooperation in the survey </li></ul><ul><li>Questions? </li></ul>

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