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Exploring and Advancing Technology Innovations in Skills

An inspiring one-day conference hosted by GVS in collaboration with BCoT

14 March 2018

On Wednesday 14 March 2018, Global Vocational Skills hosted our first conference: Exploring and Advancing Technology Innovations in Skills and we are delighted and proud to say that it was a great success! It was delivered in collaboration with Basingstoke College of Technology, who just a week before won the 2018 TES FE Award for 'Outstanding use of technology for improving teaching, learning and assessment’.

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A lot of time and energy went into putting together a quality itinerary, with thought provoking presentations and engaging workshops, that would stimulate and provide a platform for open discussion and the sharing of experiences. This was fully embraced by all those who attended, and we were thrilled to see such active involvement and participation throughout.

As colleges begin to explore the many ways they can embed digital within the curriculum, the conference provided the opportunity to explore on-the-ground case studies of how technology and blended learning have already been successfully adopted within colleges. It also provided a great networking opportunity for those who attended, with over 40 people present from both colleges and private companies within the FE sector.

For those who were unable to make it, you will find links below to the presentations that were given in the morning session:

We hope that the day gave everyone plenty of food for thought! We know how important it is that digital technology is utilised by colleges to stay on trend and provide effective and efficient learning, and we strongly believe blended learning is the way to do this. We’ve seen BCoT achieve fantastic results through this approach, utilising GVS content as one of their many digital strands, and by truly embracing digital your establishment and its learners can also experience the benefits.

For more information about GVS and to learn more about how out content can be used to deliver blended learning, please get in touch on info@i-gvs.com or visit the website at www.i-gvs.com.


  • 09:30 – 10:00
  • Registration
  • 10:00 – 10:10
  • Anthony Bravo
  • Welcome and Introduction
  • 10:10 – 10:30
  • Sasha Lipscombe
  • Advancing technology in skills training
  • 10:30 – 11:00
  • Peter Kilcoyne
  • How the Blended Learning Consortium works and how to get involved
  • 11:00 – 11:30
  • Scott Hayden
  • Co-creating meaningful and relevant digital learning with staff and students
  • 11.30 – 11.45
  • Break and networking
  • 11.45 – 12:15
  • Lesley Crane
  • Evidence and practice in using blended learning to improve learner outcomes
  • 12:15 – 12.45
  • Chris Kirk
  • Utilising digital learning and recognition to enhance skills and productivity in the workplace
  • 12:45 – 13:30
  • Lunch and networking
  • 13:30 – 14:15
  • Speaker panel
  • Afternoon Workshops 1
  • 14:30 – 15:15
  • Speaker panel
  • Afternoon Workshops 2
  • 15:15 – 15:30
  • Break and networking
  • 15:30 – 16:00
  • Speaker panel
  • Plenary and departure
  • 16:00
  • Close
  • Choose two workshops from the list below:
  • Scott Hayden
  • On-the-ground experience of embedding learning technology in college infrastructure, staff development and curriculum. A chance to explore what it actually means in practice.
  • Neelma Patel
  • Exploring innovative ways to create bespoke digital resources for teaching and learning. An engaging hands-on workshop with a chance to create new digital material in real time using real innovation tools.
  • Peter Kilcoyne
  • A college perspective on challenges and opportunities in digital learning. The Blended Learning Consortium now has 40% membership across FE colleges. Why? A chance to explore why it is good to share and learn.
  • Chris Kirk
  • Innovations in technological pedagogy in the workplace. Employers are increasingly using learning technology to identify and enhance workforce skills. A chance to learn about the cutting edge of employer involvement.
  • Lesley Crane
  • Evidence and practice in using learning technology to improve learner outcomes. Today, it is not unusual to hear FE referred to as the potential ‘engine’ or ‘powerhouse’ of the economy, productivity and jobs growth. A chance to learn how FE can live up to the promise.

Hosts and Guest Speakers 

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Anthony Bravo
Principal, Basingstoke College of Technology


      Sasha Lipscombe
            Managing Director, Global Vocational Skills


Peter Kilcoyne
          ILT Director, Heart of Worcestershire College

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Scott Hayden
       Teacher & Digital Learning Ambassador, BCoT


Lesley Crane
Digital Learning & Transformation, Knowing How

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Chris Kirk
       Managing Director, DigitalMe (C&G Group)


Nelma Patel
Training & Development Manager, GVS



Wednesday, 14 March 2018
Basingstoke College of Technology
Worting Rd, Basingstoke RG21 8TN
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