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New body to promote post-16 e-learning

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A new post 16 e-Learning Strategy Task Force has been created to examine how e-learning can enhance and improve learning opportunities for young people in colleges and lifelong learning. It will not cover Higher Education.

Launching the Task Force, Estelle Morris said: "The potential for e-Learning is enormous, and we are already seeing the many benefits in our schools. It is equally important that we explore the opportunities that ICT offers for those young people in colleges and lifelong learning. The Task Force will bring together representatives from industry and education to discuss ideas in an informal and stimulating setting. I am particularly pleased that Steve Morrison (of Granada plc) has agreed to lead the Task Force. Steve has shown a real commitment to education in recent years and I look forward to working with him. I am confident that both Steve and the other Task Force members will bring their own skills and expertise to this important work and I look forward to receiving their report later in the year.”

Strategy Task Force Chairman Steve Morrison added: "In the vast and variable world of post-compulsory education, e-learning can provide an even more vital tool for raising standards than it does in the school classroom. Through the use of multi-media we aim to find ways to widen participation, support students and staff, and raise educational standards. We will deliver an e-learning strategy to the Secretary of State by rigorously examining what’s currently going on, and recommending enhancements. The Group is consulting with other educational advisory bodies to see how they can help us deliver a comprehensive strategy."

The full membership of the Task Force is:
Steve Morrison – Chair, Granada plc
Ruth Silver – Principal, Lewisham College
Bob Fryer – Chief Executive Designate, NHS University; Member of the national LSC and member of Ufi Board
Lorna Cocking – UK Publishing Director of Pearson Education
John Taylor – Principal of Sheffield College
Prof. Stephen Molyneaux – Director of Learning Lab; Wolverhampton University
Maggie Sempel – Runs the Experience Corps, encouraging 250,000 over 50s to taken on voluntary mentoring roles
Janice Shiner – DfES Director of Lifelong Learning.

The Task Force will consider the following:
- ways of increasing participation through the use of e-learning
- the potential for a personalised e-learning curriculum
- flexible access and delivery to reflect individual choices and diverse patterns of learning
- progression routes to further study and lifelong learning skills and attainment
- the potential for work-based learning
- training and development for tutors


TrainingZone resources on e-learning strategy, design and management.

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