This was in order to make recommendations on services that could support learners’ use of technology. A full list of aims is included in appendix 1.We did this by undertaking a literature review of reports from FE and skills and by running 12 focus groups with 220 learners across six FE colleges. We also contributed to six national consultation events, and five other events speaking to over 300 staff. This paper forms one of the key outputs of the project; others are listed in appendix 2. This report is an edited version of the original final project report (http://digitalstudent.jiscinvolve.org/wp/files/2015/05/FEDS-Final-Report-D3-formatted-PDF.pdf). On a national level, there is clearly a need for more research into how education technology works in FE and skills in particular. This area is currently underfunded. We include here recommendations on how to embed action research within colleges, promote the value of research and utilisesector-wide organisations to identify and share good practice and research findings.We identified that many staff feel underprepared to use technology for learning, and that they are often not rewarded for their experimentation. As a result key priorities for colleges are likely to be proactively engaging learners; supporting staff to use technology for learning, and publicly rewarding staff. Our work showed that although students are keen to engage with staff on technology for learning, they do not as yet feel that their voices are being listened to. Finally, there are issues around assessment and accreditation; in staff consultations we found that in some cases, accrediting bodies were not adequately engaged with the use of technology to enhance learning. Sector bodies and institutional managers will need to take the lead in engaging with the accrediting organisations.
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