Using ILT in Teaching, Learning and Assessment

We are constantly aiming to improve the quality of Teaching, Learning and Assessment for our learners.  Using ILT plays a big part in this process as it can offer innovative ways to engage learners.  We want to ensure that all our providers and tutors are using ILT to make their Teaching, Learning and Assessment excellent.

ILT Framework

As tutors, we all have different starting points in our use of IT.  What applies to everyone is that we will become more dependent on IT to do basic things in our everyday lives, whether it’s paying bills, booking holidays, or getting advice and making friends.  It is a functional skill that we all, tutors and learners, need to be developing.

For tutors in Community Learning the other big variable is the access to equipment you have – it might be learners’ smartphones, iPads, computers in your room or nothing available during your session!

We have developed a framework to help all tutors take stock of where they are currently with ILT, and what their next steps should be.  We recognise that the range of courses and learners means that one “standard” for ILT use is not relevant in Community Learning.  In fact, you, the tutors, are best placed to understand what is relevant and useful in your setting.  That’s fine if you are confident and engaged with ILT, but it’s not always easy.  So the framework on the padlet below should give you some ideas.


  1. There are 9 categories in columns across the padlet: Resources; tutor skills; learner communication; teaching and learning; independent learning; RARPA; Safeguarding and EDI; embedded employability and functional skills; CPD
  2. In each column identify where you are now in your teaching practice.  The most basic stage is at the top.  You can scroll down until you reach the “expert” stage.
  3. Look at the next few stages and consider if these are relevant to your delivery and worth trying out.
  4. Make a plan to include the ideas in your teaching in the coming weeks.
  5. Review and evaluate: did it work? did it enhance the learning? was it useful for learners? fun? engaging?
  6. Please add comments to the padlet if you can offer advice or suggestions for other tutors. Technology is always changing so this framework should also change!
  7. When you have reached the expert stage in each column you can scan the QR code using your phone or tablet to receive a congratulatory message!

We would like to see tutors using the framework to evaluate their own practice and to develop their ILT practice.  Please add comments to the padlet when you have tried something out, or leave us a comment below.

IT resources

We have some sets of 8 iPads that can be borrowed from Community Learning for a period of 5 months.  Please contact to express interest in this offer.  You will need the support of your manager.  Priority is given to tutors who wouldn’t otherwise have access to IT for the delivery of their courses.  Some providers have found it useful to invest in a mobile wifi connection in order to use the iPads to their full potential.  Please ask if you want guidance about this.

Other equipment may be available on loan from Jisc.  See details here.

Blog post on how iPads have been used by 2 providers (May 2014): click here.

Resources from the April 2016 CPD session on flipped and blended learning – have a play and see what takes your fancy! – password: takeoff


Poster / leaflets / flyers / mini-websites

“Learner’s Task: You are working in a small group to produce a poster about what sports opportunities children can do in Staffordshire. Let’s use the internet to make a professional product!”

Try these websites that your learners could use for the task above. You may need to register quickly – use your email and a simple password like: acltutor

With your group discuss the pros and cons of the application/website.    


QR codes and testmoz

Use a QR code generator online to make a treasure hunt activity to take your learners to different online shopping websites where they can compare prices.

Use Testmoz to set 4 questions for your learners to test them on what they learnt about online shopping.

With your group discuss the pros and cons of the application/website.  



Use Blogger to start a class blog for your current group.  You might want to advertise the time and venue, and add the course outcomes, or some useful links to interesting websites.

You could use Padlet for the same thing.  You will need to email the link to people you want to follow you.

With your group discuss the pros and cons of the application/website.

Extension task: think about using a service like bambuser or audioboom to add audio and video clips to your blog.                

See the blog post on this CPD session (April 2016)  here.

Blog post on the ACL e-safety Policy (Jan 2017) click here.

ILT tips

How to upload video from iPad to PC or internet

Connectivity advice Autumn 2015




Sharing good practice

Tutors: we need your ideas!  Please leave a reply below and tell us about the good things you are doing with IT.  It might spark an idea in someone else’s mind…


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