Category Archives: FE and Skills

College Analytics Lab – Enabling Cross Sector Collaboration – The “Team Manchester” Story

Co-authored by Martin Hall and members of the Manchester College Analytics Lab team. Colleges across the UK are facing-ever more complex demands to make their case for funding, and other forms of report. At the same time, government policies both here, and across Europe and North America, acknowledge the need for a new deal for … Read more

Collaborative Working Through Data Sharing – The College Analytics Lab “Team Wales” Story

When a group of colleges form a strategic partnership, they typically work together to share resources, expertise and a collaborative approach to planning. Could sharing data help the partnership to become more effective? For example, could sharing information about applications, enrollments, outcomes and destinations help the colleges to work together to provide a more structured, … Read more

College Analytics Lab – A Digital Modelling Environment for the FE and Skills Sector

Further Education Colleges are adept at dealing with change and challenge. They have to be. Identifying, evaluating and capitalising on opportunities which arise in the rapidly changing environment we work in is a core skill of all successful college leaders. Recent conversations with college principals have shown that meeting local employers’ needs; improving student experience … Read more

Reflections from Digifest: Jisc online CPD service for FE & skills

On 2 and 3 March, Jisc held yet another highly innovative and engaging Digifest event.  I felt a great buzz and hive of activity throughout the two days, encapsulated by enriching presentations and content, but not forgetting the robots! My role this year was to be on-hand to provide social media coverage for sessions throughout … Read more

Building capability across an FE College

These are challenging times for FE Colleges. The cuts in funding, Area Based Reviews, FELTAG, competitive pressures, small group sizes, all are areas both for opportunity and problems to be resolved. Technology offers lots of potential solutions to the problems that are being faced: Learning platforms and VLEs can provide a mechanism for delivering online … Read more

Summer of Student Innovation 2015 Engagement in FE and Skills

Working with students on the Summer of Student Innovation is one of the best parts of my role at Jisc. It is great to hear the ideas that learners have to improve learning and make their life better in education. This year we made a few changes to the competition. First to engaged more learners … Read more