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Use of technology should be embedded in training and learning methods, says Lifelong Learning UK


Employees would feel more comfortable with using technology in the workplace if it had been incorporated into their training or education.

As a result of these findings from Lifelong Learning UK, the organisation is encouraging lifelong learning providers to embed technology in the way they teach and help people learn, in order to prepare their learners for the workplace.

Lifelong Learning UK believes embedding technology in learning methods has a long-term impact on learners' employment prospects and life after learning. This is supported by these latest figures, which reveal that one in five feel their job prospects would improve as a result of understanding more about technology. In addition, a fifth of those polled would feel more confident applying for a job if they were more adept at using technology.

Bryony Taylor, Lifelong Learning UK's expert in technology enhanced learning, said: "This new research is supported by figures that show over the past 20 years the proportion of people using IT in their job has nearly doubled to 77%.

"Lifelong Learning UK has responded to the needs of learners by developing these technology guides to help the further education workforce make sense of technology-enhanced learning. In doing so, we aim to help education professionals to prepare their learners for living and working in the 21st century, by providing the best sources of support to help bring new technology into learning."

Lifelong Learning UK has developed three separate technology application guides to support different areas of the lifelong learning workforce to embed technology in the way they deliver further education. The easy-to-read guides provide a resource to support professional development needs, encourage development of new knowledge and skills and aid curriculum development, delivery and assessment.

Lifelong Learning UK has also created a ‘staffroom poster' that highlights the sources of information and support available to teachers, helping them use new technologies and social media. The poster will help teachers navigate their way through the wide array of information available, to access what will most benefit their learners.