ETF relaunches bitesize digital courses

The Education and Training Foundation (ETF) has relaunched seven free, online CPD courses that will help teachers and trainers apply digital tools in the classroom. The newly updated programme will run for the next four weeks, and then repeat again each month for the next year.

The development of digital skills is of growing importance to the sector, as highlighted in the ETF`s recent Training Needs Analysis (TNA) surveying more than 2,000 practitioners, which found that a fifth of teachers and trainers expressed a need for further training in digital technology to comfortably meet the challenge of T levels and other reforms in technical education.

The seven courses in the Applying Your Digital Skills in Teaching and Learning programme meet the needs of practitioners who have some experience with digital tools for personal use, and want to develop them further and build their confidence in using technology skills – including video and content design – in the classroom, workshop or virtual learning environment.

More than 550 participants have previously taken part in the courses, and invaluable feedback has informed various improvements, including a new induction and a smoother user experience.

Each course is five hours long and is taken in a four-week period, with online tutor support. Practitioners can enrol for one or more courses, though to ensure completion it is advised they take one at a time.

The seven courses are:

  • Social media in teaching and learning
  • Virtual meeting technology
  • Video learning
  • Assessment for learning
  • Digital skills for the work place
  • Using technology for differentiation
  • An introduction to digital content design and creation

The courses are open-access to practitioners across the further and vocational education and training sector, and organisations have the additional option to tutor their own group through the course as part of a coordinated professional development activity.

Vikki Liogier, Head of Learning Technologies at the ETF, says: “This updated programme is a great, free opportunity for practitioners who may have experimented with digital tools for personal use to develop these skills and apply them in the learning environment.

“At the ETF, we are committed to supporting the FE and Training sector to gain the skills needed, and, given the growing importance of digital skills, and the emphasis practitioners placed on them in our comprehensive research, this is a great time for us to relaunch this updated programme. Valuable feedback from previous participants has informed improvements to the induction stage and other tweaks that make the user-experience smoother.

“For those who need to brush up their basic digital skills before learning to apply them to teaching, there is our ETF Digital Skills Enhancement programme, and we have just launched a new self-assessment tool which helps tailor the learning experience. This is a great way to get started.”

Feedback from participants includes:

  • “Great course, lots of resources and different examples of technology that may fit in with the resources we have available to deliver digital learning opportunities.”
  • “I was very nervous at the beginning and have always avoided ICT as it was ‘complex’ but this course has completely changed my views, it has made a novice an eager beginner!”
  • “I was able to learn more about tools I haven’t come across before. I found the online modules and the video tutorials very useful. I feel quite confident about using these new tools in class and I look forward to seeing the results.”

Practitioners can book their place or find out more by visiting the ETF learning platform. To test your skills try out our self-assessment tool, or find out more about the ETF Digital Skills Enhancement programme. Organisations wishing to structure group CPD should contact Dawn Buzzard at

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