Post-Conference




On this page we have summarised the conference, trying to take into account all the captured snippets from twitter, video and other areas.  WEe may not have captured everything, or you may have something you want to add- please use the comments sections to do this.

The following blog posts provide a summary of some of the key moments of the day.

  • Digital & Digital Learning key in organising communities, developing individuals and promoting active citizenship 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
  • Policy & funding must enable and encourage staff to embrace technologies, not just provide them 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
  • Regulators & assessment bodies need to adapt to these changes (maybe through online badges) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 some already are 1 2 3
  • Mobile Devices are key to digital engagement and policy must reflect this 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
  • Digital Literacy (including some element of coding skills 1 2 3) as a gateway to employability is vital, especially in light of portfolio careers, to compete on the international stage 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
  • To compete internationally, Britain need to examine the role MOOCs can play, especially around user generated content and self-organised learning – but we must enter with caution, not embrace without question 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
  • People of all ages and types using technology – policy needs to reflect that everyone is a learner 1 2 3 4 5 6
  • Technology must remain central in the drive to make education equal and inclusive 1 2 3 4 5 6
  • More needs to be done to tackle the subject of e-safety & e-responsibility but using different approaches 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
  • it is important that learning online remains free of charge in some instances 1 2 3 4 5
  • Digital shouldn’t be considered an issue but the issue – and we’re already doing great stuff 1 2

    • Providers need to be responsive and innovative in their approaches, but differentiate to accommodate all learners needs with regards to technology 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
    • Collaborative online (and arguably self organised) learning is the future – possibly on MOOCs 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 possibly through other forms 1 2 3 4
    • Teaching & Learning must adapt to embrace mobile technology 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
    • Technology can help transform practice…but use the right tools for the job 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
    • Technology can enable learners who would otherwise struggle – but can isolate others 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
    • Sensible approaches to education should be used to address safety and responsibility concerns 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
    • Learning is no longer acceptable as a purely top down model – providers must adapt 1 2 3

Debate 1: This house proposes that Adult Education must embrace the MOOC culture

Amendment 1: This house proposes that Adult Education must avoid a simple acceptance of a pre-defined concept of MOOCs; instead, there should be a recognition of the potential MOOCs offer to challenge existing structures in education and use this time of change and transformation to open up learning to all, introduce new ways of access to learning and create and develop new learning – people choosing the knowledge, sharing the teaching and creating the landscape themselves. (CARRIED)

Amendment 2: This house believes We should provide alternative models of facilitation, i.e. additional support if required, improved access including offline, and alternative models of communication and collaboration, including face-to-face. 


Debate 2: This house proposes that while beginning to embrace the benefits of online learning communities, the adult learning sector has failed to provide the support adults need in e-safety and e-responsibility.

Amendment 1: This house proposes that while beginning to embrace the benefits of online learning communities, the adult learning sector has only just begun to provide the support adults need in e-safety and e-responsibility

Amendment 2: This house proposes that while beginning to embrace the benefits of online learning communities, the adult learning sector needs to take steps to provide the support adults need in e-safety and e-responsibility, in particular by learning together with young people

Amendment 3: This house proposes that while beginning to embrace the benefits of online learning communities, the adult learning sector needs to broaden the focus of e-safety and e-responsibility to better prepare adults for the challenges of new and emerging technologies (Carried)


Debate 3: This house proposes that the move towards Bring Your Own Device will discriminate against many potential learners








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