Today’s post comes courtesy of Roger Francis, MindLeaders HR and services director
Today is an important day for MindLeaders as it marks the release of our new Functional Skills software. Our production team have done a great job in getting the product out ahead of schedule and over the next few weeks, we will be showcasing our Functional Skills solution to potential clients around the UK.
Functional Skills represents a landmark for Mindleaders because for the first time, we have taken our technological approach to learning another step forward by embedding our software within an ePortfolio. Whilst we have been great advocates of blended learning and have delivered nearly 5000 successful Skills for Life outcomes through a combination of software for underpinning knowledge and Learning Support Managers (LSMs) to provide ongoing support and coaching, the addition of an e-portfolio into this blended mix opens up many new learning opportunities.
For example, distance learning now becomes a reality. Learners don’t have to wait to see their LSM until they are next on site, they can communicate using the e-portfolio and can receive almost instant feedback on their work. We can also link learners to additional resource material either on the Web or filed within the ePortfolio itself thereby providing the learner with a richer experience and more comprehensive support. Finally, ePortfolios open up all sorts of future possibilities. We can build in social platforms which will enable learners to collaborate and learn from each other. Stuck on a problem? Simply tap into your social network and ask your friends for advice.
ePortfolios have of course been around for a number of years and are increasingly used to log observations and other assessment material for NVQs and Apprenticeships. However, to date, no-one has adapted this powerful tool to address the complex requirements of Functional Skills training.
We are proud to have led the way in developing a successful delivery solution for Functional Skills. From 1 September, Functional Skills will become the standard workplace Maths and English qualification both for Apprenticeships and as a standalone qualification. We hope and expect that ePortfolios will play a major role in helping people to acquire those qualifications and effecting the major improvement in literacy and numeracy skills which the UK desperately requires.
Read more about U-skills for Functional Skills here, and to arrange a free demonstration contact email@example.com