Category Archives: Wildcard!


Summary: Wildcards!

This area of work was about those unconventional or radical changes which hadn’t been considered in the workstreams. They were added by interested users via our open-access Google Drive site.

Ideas that have emerged so far:

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Scale up the impact of ‘cutting-edge’ people teaching one day a week in VE (Teach Too) by screening their classes on a video-sharing platform, crowd-sourcing questions using Twitter, etc. and get celebrities (including YouTube stars) to make video for MOOCs
Rating: 2.6/5 (7 votes cast)
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Teach-the-teachers how to design on-line learning materials on their own websites, using open-source packages
Rating: 2.0/5 (4 votes cast)
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Fund the REal Deal - currently there are lots of pilots around such as those offered by TechDis, which allow disabled learners to communicate with other learners and other providers). Pick a project that learners vote for and scale up (we only have funding for small projects and even those that are brilliant and work well frequently don’t get long-term funding)
Rating: 4.0/5 (4 votes cast)
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Promote learners as Technology Ambassadors and let them teach staff and management
Rating: 3.4/5 (11 votes cast)
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Public funding for employer-designed courses that train people for specific role in businesses
Rating: 2.3/5 (3 votes cast)
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Each provider to develop a “Virtual College” to offer all provision virtually (providers not in direct competition to be encouraged to work together to avoid ‘re-inventing the wheel’)
Rating: 2.2/5 (6 votes cast)
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Mandatory practical module on all teacher-training courses on technology in teaching and learning. Practical assignments from module to be shared on a national platform and prizes awarded annually
Rating: 4.0/5 (7 votes cast)
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Have Ofsted include a new judgement “capacity to innovate”, or include “capacity to innovate” explicitly under Leadership and Management in the Common Inspection Framework
Rating: 4.0/5 (10 votes cast)
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Have Ofsted act on ALT’s November 2011 response the the consultation on the then draft of the Common Inspection Framework (
Rating: 5.0/5 (5 votes cast)
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Mandate the inclusion in every publicly-funded programme from 2014/2015, of a 15% wholly-online component, with incentives to increase this to 50% by 2017
Rating: 3.1/5 (7 votes cast)
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Minister to hold a livestream Hangout (video conferencing with unlimited viewers) with FE learners from across the country to listen, debate and ask for further ideas for initiatives, with thousands more learners watching and tweeting in questions
Rating: 3.0/5 (4 votes cast)
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Make the whole of ‘Civil Service Learning’ open access and accreditable for the public
Rating: 3.8/5 (5 votes cast)
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Hancock Days – cancel lessons one day per term for dedicated digital CPD sessions with regional road-shows and live webinars
Rating: 3.0/5 (8 votes cast)

Your views:

  • Based on these wildcard proposals, which specific ideas would make the biggest difference to you?
  • Can you suggest any good mechanisms for achieving these?
  • Are there other wildcard areas not considered above – or in the main workstreams – that should be proposed?

Rate the Wildcards!:
In your opinion, how useful are these wildcard suggestions (5 = very, 1 = not at all)?

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