Digitally Agile CLD - the Basics Learning Link Scotland

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Learning Link Scotland

Charity registered in Scotland SC025308

Learning Link Scotland (LLS) support, promote, represent and develop Third Sector adult learning in Scotland. We aim to:
• Support the development of a strong, independent and vibrant Third Sector adult education in Scotland, to provide quality learning opportunities to a diverse range of individuals and communities.
• Enable the Third Sector to fulfil its lifelong learning, social inclusion and democratic responsibilities, and therefore participate in the development of a fair, equal and sustainable society in Scotland.
• Ensure that Third Sector adult learning is at the heart of decision making and forefront of service delivery in Scotland.

  • From 3rd April 2017 to 30th March 2018
  • Award: £9,750 via Call 4
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Project plan

Project description

This project will develop training to support CLD practitioners to develop their own basic digital skills and to embed those skills into their practice. CLD professionals work in adult education, youth work and community development and aim to tackle poverty, social isolation and other forms of inequality. In embedding basic digital skills in their work, they will also be passing on basic digital skills to the participants of their CLD practice. LLS will manage the project and the partners will be Scottish Community Development Centre (SCDC) and YouthLink Scotland. Glasgow Kelvin College will continue to support the work of the project. The training will focus on basic digital skills of managing information, communicating, transacting, problem solving, creating and staying safe online. The context for the course will be how basic digital skills can become embedded in the practitioners’ CLD practice. The training will be offered five times and take place in five places across Scotland to ensure a wide reach. Training will be delivered in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Inverness and Dumfries & Galloway. Learning Link Scotland will manage, oversee and monitor the project.

Project milestones

Phase 1

Completing preparation of training course.

Phase 2

Running five training courses acorss Scotland

Phase 3

Completion of the evaluation of the project

Phase 4

Dissemination of the evaluation report, training materails and resources

Evaluation

Updates

Learning Link Scotland led this project with partners YouthLink Scotland and Scottish Community Development Centre (SCDC), all three are national membership organisations representing the three strands of Community Learning and Development (CLD): adult education, youth work and community development. We developed training, Digitally Agile CLD - the Basics, to support CLD practitioners to develop their own basic digital skills and to embed those skills into their CLD practice. CLD professionals work in adult education, youth work and community development and aim to tackle poverty, social isolation and other forms of inequality. In embedding basic digital skills in their work, CLD practitioners also pass on basic digital skills to the participants of their CLD practice.

We worked with our members and partners across Scotland to run training in community based venues in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness and Dumfries and Galloway. We recruited in each of the areas so that the participants could attend the course in an accessible venue that and based within easy reach of where they live and work.

The course ran five times, once in Dumfries and Galloway, once in Edinburgh, once in Inverness and twice in Glasgow. We had planned to run the course in Shetland but recruitment was low and, as a result, the training did not take place there. To ensure we made good use of our funding we subsequently organised another session in Glasgow. We worked with two tutors for each session, one a CLD professional and the other a digital skills expert. The digital skills expert developed the training to enable participants to manage information, communicate, transact, problem solve and create content. This was all delivered in the context of CLD practice and the training took place over two days with a one to two week interval between the sessions to allow participants to reflect on their learning from the first session and to plan how to use it in context during the second session.

We evaluated the training immediately after it took place and are in the process of following up with each of the participants to find out how they have embedded digital skills into their work. Once we have a final report incorporating their responses we will update our website to include case studies, training materials and useful links for CLD practitioners to improve their digital skills.

Digitally Agile CLD - the Basics
We are delivering training to support CLD practitioners to develop their own basic digital skills and to embed those skills into their CLD practice. In embedding basic digital skills in their work, CLD practitioners will also be passing on basic digital skills to the participants of their CLD practice.
Learning Link Scotland, YouthLink Scotland and Scottish Community Development Centre are national membership organisations representing the three strands of CLD: adult education, youth work and community development. We are working with our members and partners across Scotland to find suitable community based venues. So far we have run training sessions to run in Dumfries and Galloway, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Inverness. We have more training planned for Shetland. We recruited and held the training in each of the areas so that participants can attend the course in a venue that is accessible and based within reach of where they work.
We are used the Basic Skills Assessment Questions as a prerequisite for taking part in one of our courses so that we can target those in most need of improving their basic skills, adapting it slightly to take into account the CLD context.
The training consists of a two day course where participants learn about digital skills during the first session and work together during the second session to plan how to use those skills in their CLD practice.
So far we have completed three courses and run a half course in Inverness. We found recruitment in the central belt to be really successful and interest in Dumfries and Galloway was strong too. So far we have been less successful in Inverness and Shetland and we have had to reschedule some dates as a result.
At the conclusion of the project we will conduct follow up interviews to find out how participants of the training have used their skills in practice, how may CLD participants have benefited from their skills, create case studies to be put on Learning Link Scotland's website as well as the Digitally Agile CLD website.
The second half of the Inverness course and the Shetland course have been rescheduled.

Digitally Agile CLD - the Basics
We are developing training to support CLD practitioners to develop their own basic digital skills and to embed those skills into their CLD practice. CLD professionals work in adult education, youth work and community development and aim to tackle poverty, social isolation and other forms of inequality. In embedding basic digital skills in their work, CLD practitioners will also be passing on basic digital skills to the participants of their CLD practice.
Learning Link Scotland, YouthLink Scotland and Scottish Community Development Centre are national membership organisations representing the three strands of CLD: adult education, youth work and community development. We are working with our members and partners across Scotland to find suitable community based venues in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness, Aberdeen, Dumfries and Galloway. We are recruiting in each of the areas so that participants can attend the course in a venue that is accessible and based within easy reach of where they work. Learning Link Scotland is leading the project.
The March to July period has been used by Learning Link Scotland to create a planning for impact model for the project alongside partnership agreements for YouthLink Scotland and Scottish Community Development Centre. We have also been working toward establishing the outline of the DACLD Basics course, raising awareness of our project and making contacts around the country to establish locations in which we can run the courses. We have initiated a small survey to send to partners asking what they think the best location and format of course would work in their area and we will use this to inform the provision we offer. We have also made plans to use the Basic Skills Assessment Questions a prerequisite for taking part in one of our courses so that we can target those in most need of improving their basic skills. We expect to finalise details of the courses during August and start delivery in the next quarter.

Digitally Agile CLD - the Basics
We have started to deliver training to support CLD practitioners to develop their own basic digital skills and to embed those skills into their CLD practice. In embedding basic digital skills in their work, CLD practitioners will also be passing on basic digital skills to the participants of their CLD practice.
Learning Link Scotland, YouthLink Scotland and Scottish Community Development Centre are national membership organisations representing the three strands of CLD: adult education, youth work and community development. We are working with our members and partners across Scotland to find suitable community based venues. So far we have planned training sessions to run in Dumfries and Galloway, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Shetland. We have and are recruiting in each of the areas so that participants can attend the course in a venue that is accessible and based within easy reach of where they work.
The August to October period has been used by Learning Link Scotland to progress through our planning for impact model for the project. We have established one outline of the DACLD Basics course and will adapt it and develop different models for different areas. We have raised awareness of our project and made contacts around the country to establish locations in which we can run the courses. We are using the Basic Skills Assessment Questions as a prerequisite for taking part in one of our courses so that we can target those in most need of improving their basic skills.
Delivery has begun in Dumfries and Galloway and sessions are planned for Glasgow, Edinburgh and Shetland. We have one course that we have still to confirm details for but anticipate that details will be in place by the end of November.

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