E-learning is likely to take its place alongside literacy and numercy following an independent report. The Post 16 e-Learning Strategy Taskforce, was set up by the Department for Education and Skills in January 2002 to find out how participation in e-learning can be enhanced to provide a seamless educational experience for Post 16 learning. The task force was headed by Steve Morrison, Chief Executive of Granada plc, and brought together key representatives of business and education.The report calls for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to be designated a basic skill by 2010. This would give everyone access to free courses to improve their basic IT skills. The Task Force believes that initially the focus should be on 16-18 year olds in full or part-time study; those in Modern Apprenticeships; the unemployed and people in part-time work.
The task force charts out the way that ICT can achieve the same status as literacy and numeracy. It calls for the creation of ‘College Online’ – an expansion of Curriculum Online into the post-16 sector. This would give teachers and tutors in the post-16 sector access to a bank of online learning resources to use with their students to help make learning more exciting. It also believes that a National Mentoring Programme should be created with 5,000 additional e-learning mentors to support tutors online. Other measures include making access to e-learning opportunities a standard requirement for accreditation by Investors in People UK.