This qualification has been developed to support the continuing professional development of school and college educators, training providers, and commercial trainers to use technology in ways which inspire their learners and to enable them to embed technology effectively in the learning process. This qualification will help support staff keep up to date with new trends in technology and raise their confidence in the effective use of technology in learning.

The use of technology in teaching and learning isn’t new. However, there’s an emerging national requirement for the wider use of technology as recognised by the work of the Further Education Learning Technology Action Group (FELTAG). Commenting on FELTAG’s work, the government noted in regard to the capability and capacity of the further education workforce ‘The entire workforce has to be brought up to speed to fully understand the potential of learning technology.’(Government Response to the Recommendations from the Further Education Learning Technology Action Group (FELTAG), June 2014, Department for Business Innovation and Skills).

Aims and objectives of this qualification

This qualification aims to:

  •  allow practitioners to view digital literacy and learning technology in the context of their educational setting
  • develop practitioners awareness of digital pedagogy and the theories behind digital literacy development
  • allow practitioners to apply their knowledge of learning technologies and pedagogy to plan a module of curriculum using learning technologies
  • allow practitioners to apply their knowledge of learning technologies and pedagogy to design, implement, deliver, and evaluate a session using learning technology.

The objective of this qualification is to:

  • support the continuing professional development of school and college educators, training providers and commercial trainers to use technology in ways which inspire their learners and enable them to embed technology effectively in the learning process.

The NCFE Level 4 Award for Technology Enabled Educators has been accredited by the qualifications regulators for England, Wales and Northern Ireland,1 and is part of the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF).

Unit 01

Learning technology in the context of teaching and learning

The aim of this unit is for learners to understand the different forms of technology which are appropriate for use within teaching and learning, and explore their impact. It will also help learners explore the barriers to using technology, overcoming these and determining personal development needs.

Guided learning hours: 18

Credit value: 2

Level: 4

This unit is mandatory

Unit 02

Developing digital skills and a learning technology toolkit

The aim of this unit is to develop awareness and skills of using emerging and unfamiliar technologies, and understand relevant pedagogies for online and blended learning. It will also help learners develop their knowledge of the social media, communication technology, and open educational resources (OER) which are available and appropriate within their own area. It will also allow learners to explore their existing digital skills and plan for future professional development.

Guided learning hours: 30 Credit value: 4  Level: 4

This unit is mandatory

Unit 03

Curriculum planning for the use of learning technologies

The aim of this unit is to develop learners’ skills in planning for the use of learning technologies, blended learning and online learning within their own setting, explore suitable curriculum areas for conversion, and identify strategies and resources that could be used. It will also help learners explore the value of working collaboratively with colleagues during the design process.

Guided learning hours: 20 Credit value: 2 Level: 4

This unit is mandatory

Unit 04

Curriculum delivery using learning technology

The aim of this unit is to develop skills by applying their knowledge of learning technologies, blended, or online learning within their own delivery and assessment of learning. It will help learners to understand their own learners’ needs and safety, resources, infrastructure and learning space. It will also help learners develop their skills in collaborative working practices and be able to promote and enable the wider use of technology in the sector.

Guided learning hours: 24 Credit value: 3 Level: 4

This unit is mandatory

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