.1 Communities & Excellence


We are inviting people in ACL, colleges, schools, the voluntary sector and elsewhere to debate the 3rd set of recommendations below from Digital Nations in the making and the wider issues raised by the QIA’s Pursuing Excellence Consultation Report over the next 5 days using the comments section of this blog. The background to this debate is set out in the Invitation to Debate written on this blog on 2nd October.

LOOKING to the FUTURE to PURSUE EXCELLENCE (14th-18th October)

Recommendations:

No 1. Create toolkits and guidance for ACL providers to show how new technologies could be introduced to improve and transform a range of existing functions like tutor training, course plannning and marketing.

No 9. Develop a kitemark quality system for those UK online and neighbourhood centres and Community Grids for Learning, which offer community learning opportunities. Once assured these bodies could receive LSC and other funding against agreed widening participation outputs and be subject to lighter monitoring.

No 11. Seek funding for a three year VCS ‘think tank’ for promoting next generation content creation, organisational transformation and the application of ICT for Community Learning and Community Development in support of key Government policies for skills development, digital inclusion and active citizenship.

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This is the second of the three online debates, linked to the QIA report Pursuing Excellence and the recommendations in Digital Nations in the making.

SUPPORTING PUBLIC VALUE POLICIES (Monday 9th-Thursday 12th October)

Recommendations:

No 3. Explore mechanisms for creating regional and sub-regional agencies and e-repositories focusing on support for content development and delivery, pesonalisation and repurposing by ACL in pursuit of skills and regeneration policies.

No 6. Provide seed money for pilot projects into how VCS bodies and Community Grids for Learning could act as trusted intermediaries in promoting take up of DirectGov services in assocation with local councils.

We are now inviting people in ACL, Colleges, schools, the voluntary sector and elsewhere to debate the recommendations below from Digital Nations in the making and the wider issues raised by the QIA’s Pursuing Excellence Consultation Report over the next 12 days using the comments section of this blog. The background to this debate is set out in the Invitation to Debate written on this blog by Ian Harford and Fred Garnett from Becta.

This is the first of the three separate, though linked, online debates.

CAPACITY BUILDING in LOCAL COMMUNITIES (Tuesday 3rd-Friday 6th October)

Recommendations:

No 10. Explore the potential for a volunteer Information Society gap or fellowship year akin to the US VISTA scheme for graduates and others to support UK Online and other centres – to be supported by a combination of Government, Foundation and corporate funding.

No 13. Promote more active deployment of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) for community development activities (eg for disabled access, community safety, environmental support) drawing upon North American experience; and fund some Community Grid for Learning or Voluntary and Community sector (VCS) led pilot schemes.

No 14.  Examine with the corporate sector, including IT companies, how they can work with ACL and the VCS  to develop community capacity and more advanced IT skills acquisition for the Information Society; and help sustain local ICT and UK Online centres.