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Patron Think Piece - Bud Systems - EdTech and the rise of personalised learning

Date published: 30.06.2021

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Virtual reality, augmented reality, artificial intelligence, gamification and big data are all concepts that are finally spilling over into the education sector in a big way. Education technology, or EdTech, if delivered in the right way, could be game changing in the way that it transforms traditional ways of teaching and learning.

Patron Think Piece - LearnBox - Death by PowerPoint, and how to avoid it

Date published: 17.05.2021

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Did you know over 35 million PowerPoint presentations are given every single day containing on average 40 words per slide but 90%of what the presenter says is forgotten in within just 30 seconds. Which in short means there are a lot of PowerPoint casualties. It is an occupational hazard you’ve been through, right? A typical event; the killer (err... the presenter) walks into the room grinning because they know they’ve spent a long time working on their slides to make sure they don’t forget

Patron Think Piece - eLearning WMB - Blended Learning - no longer a question of “if” but “how”

Date published: 29.04.2021

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With over 1.4bn learners directly impacted by the events of the past year across the globe, it should be recognised that a blended delivery strategy is no longer a “nice-to-have” - it’s essential to the future of education. Blended learning describes a teaching style which combines the use of technology and online educational exercises with traditional face-to-face activities in a planned, pedagogically valuable manner.

Patron Think Piece - Bud Systems - Keeping learners engaged

Date published: 20.04.2021

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How to keep learners engaged and happy during lockdown or remote delivery. Supporting learners As lockdown and restrictions continue in one form or another, we find that more and more of us are struggling to stay positive and motivated. Yes, there is hope on the horizon, but it is not yet clear just how and when we’ll begin to get back to life as we once knew it. As a training management platform we are, of course, concerned about the well-being and mental health of learners.

Patron Think Piece - Bud Systems - Put learner happiness first for an effective training management strategy

Date published: 30.03.2021

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The way that businesses recruit and train their employees is crucial to reducing the skills gap and boosting employment. Since the start of the pandemic, youth unemployment rose by 13% to 66,000 and with a damaged economy to treat, the emphasis is on routing young people into employment like never before. A large part of the Government’s focus is on apprenticeships as signalled recently in its FE white paper. Apprenticeships offer on-the-job training, providing the opportunity to work

Patron Think Piece - TCS iON - Transforming the Learning Sector- Learning and Assessment

Date published: 06.07.2020

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A class of wide-eyed students staring at the blackboard with notes scribbled by their teacher. For many years this has been our perception of education. However, COVID 19 has changed the outlook of learning across the world. The 'new normal' has brought in a tidal wave of digitisation in the education sector, urging even the hesitant educators to adopt virtual classrooms.

Patron Think Piece - Training Qualifications UK - Lockdown Lift-Off: Bouncing back after COVID-19

Date published: 08.06.2020

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After months of virtual pubs, family quizzes and video conference calls, the national lockdown is slowly lifting. By the middle of the summer, we could be in a position to do some of the things we’ve missed recently: seeing friends, going down the pub, and - most exciting for me - watching the football; even if it does mean Liverpool finally win the title.

Patron Think Piece - OneFile - The initial assessment is the most important part of an apprenticeship

Date published: 04.02.2020

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When you think of apprenticeships and the difference they make to people’s lives, you probably don’t think the initial assessment is the most important part. You’re probably thinking about when learners reach milestones, achieve 100% progression or complete their end-point assessment. You might even be thinking about funding reports, learner outcomes or Ofsted inspections. These are all major parts of the apprenticeship journey, so why do we think the initial assessment is the most important

Patron Think Piece - bksb - Revolution in Assessment

Date published: 25.11.2019

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Revolution in Assessment The motivations and technology behind the new bksb initial and diagnostic assessments The new initial and diagnostic assessments from bksb have been created to ensure that each candidate is given a unique set of questions and is identified at an accurate level. During early development, the phrase “random questions” was frequently touted, but it quickly became apparent that this would be a hazardous route to take.

Patron Think Piece: OneFile - How to implement your apprenticeship curriculum

Date published: 05.11.2019

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Ofsted has a new judgement area: Quality of Education. This new judgement made its debut in the new Education Inspection Framework (EIF), so it’s still brand new to providers. Basically it means that Ofsted wants providers to demonstrate their curriculum intent, implementation and impact – the three ‘I’s. The phrase curriculum intent has caused a bit of a stir across the sector, but providers don’t need to panic – it's not a new thing. Training providers have always had to design, plan,

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