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DfES publishes new e-Strategy

Sarah Holyfield
Last modified 29 Mar, 2005
Published 17 Mar, 2005
The new strategy focuses on personalised learning

Another important strategy has followed HEFCE's recent Strategy for e-Learning - on 15th March the DfES published Harnessing Technology: Transforming learning and children's services

From the website -

This strategy describes the use of digital and interactive technologies to achieve a more personalised approach within all areas of education and children's services. It is an ambitious strategy covering all sectors for the next five years and beyond.

The aim in five years time, by using a more strategic approach, is to build the common ground that brings all our education and children's services to the critical baseline of being able to use the technology effectively.

In ten years, building on the newfound capabilities of our workforces, our newly skilled graduates, and our new appetite for innovation, we could be anywhere - if we have the ambition and the imagination to go there.

The strategy covers all areas of education and is an essential read, but the following are a few snippets which may of particular interest to post-16 and HE readers -


From Section 11 - What this means for 14-19 and the post-16 sector p.47

Action Promote portability of assessment to support personalised progression.

Milestones • Road map for e-assessment developed by 2006. p.50


Action Provide a personalised online learning space for every learner that can encompass a personal portfolio.

Milestones • A personalised learning space,with the potential to support e-portfolios available within every college by 2007-08. p.50


Action Enhance practitioner e-learning pedagogical skills.

Milestones • Core, optional and elective units of training and development, based on LLUK’s elearning and e-leadership sector standards, available by 2007-08 and embedded in Initial Teacher Training (ITT) and professional development programmes

• ICT personal competency, based on the e-Skills standards, required as part of the ‘common core’ of all ITT in the sector by 2007-08

• Provider level three-year development plans agreed with local LSCs by 2006

• NIACE to train practitioners to LLUK standards, to mentor their peers in e-learning,with initial training programme complete by 2006. p.51


From Section 12 - What this means for HE p53

Action Encourage strategic development of a collaborative approach to learner progression.

Milestones • Feasibility study on new models of cross-institution partnerships in support of flexible learning pathways for 2006. p.55


Action Ensure that research in e-learning and the pedagogy of subject teaching is given full recognition.

Milestones • Research in e-learning and the pedagogy of subject teaching to be fully recognised within subject panels by 2007-08. p.55


Action Establish a national e-learning advisory and support centre for HE.

Milestones • LF and DfES to run a series of regional and national seminars for all leaders for 2005

• Jointly supported JISC/HEA advisory and support centre established within HEA to complement the Centres of Excellence in Teaching and Learning by 2006 p.56


Action Provide common collaborative development support for institutions offering remote e-learning opportunities.

Milestones • Available eventually to all institutions, beginning with a joint HEA/JISC e-Learning Advisory Service set up within the national e-learning advice centre for 2006. p.56


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