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Initiative aims to improve e-learning skills

The Learning and Skills Network (LSN) has launched an initiative to help equip new teachers with the skills to use technology in teaching and learning.

The LSN says anyone who uses the new 'E-ffective Teaching' pack will be able to build their skills, knowledge and understanding of the application of e-learning in areas such as:

  • Remote video classroom observation
  • Professional development journals
  • Developing their own teaching resources

The pack, which the LSN says supports the e-Learning Continuing Professional Development Framework (e-CPD Framework, is available to teacher trainers preparing people to work in the learning and skills sector. It is also available to trainee teachers.

Work on the pack, developed as part of the Teacher Training Transformation Project, has been funded by the Learning and Skills Council (LSC). Lifelong Learning UK (LLUK) and the Institute for Learning (IfL) have supported the development of the materials.

At the recent launch of 'E-ffective Teaching' John Stone, Chief Executive, LSN said: "Technology has the capacity to inspire learners from all backgrounds and of all ages. It can improve the educational experience for learners and support quality improvement.

"The materials that are launched today will help the sector harness the transforming power of technology and I urge everyone involved in training our future teachers to adopt the materials."

Lee Davies, development manager at the Institute for Learning said: "E-learning has a powerful part to play, not only in meeting the needs of learners but also in the development of those involved in teaching and supporting learning.

"I hope all teachers and teacher trainers embrace E-ffective Teaching within their own professional development and acquire the skills required to embed the appropriate use of technology in their professional practice."

Monica Deasy, director of standards qualifications and research for LLUK commented: "LLUK is working with partners to enhance the opportunities which e-technologies can offer to learners, ensuring that competence and maturity is built in to its workforce development strategy for those who deliver teacher training in the sector."

The LSN says it will be running six events to help teacher trainers use the pack between Autumn 2006 and Spring 2007.

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