Series: Artificial Intelligence, Leadership and the Future of Further Education

Hosts:

  • Richard Foster-Fletcher, Executive Chair, MKAI.org
  • Kurt Hintz, Managing Director, Fortis Education Consulting

Guest:

  • Jason Lancaster, Principal and CEO Elect, Northampton College

Guest Bio:

Jason Lancaster is a specialist in education, training, and skills development with a distinguished career in the further education sector. Currently the Principal and CEO Elect of Northampton College, Jason has held senior leadership roles including Director of the Institute of Technology and Employer Partnerships, Deputy Principal for Curriculum & Quality, and Vice Principal for Performance Improvement. His work focuses on improving educational provision, developing new curriculum areas, and fostering strong partnerships with employers.

Jason’s background in electronic engineering, with degrees in BEng (Hons) and MEng, and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (Further and Higher Education), underpins his technical expertise and pedagogical knowledge. He is a member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology and the Society for Education and Training. His leadership has led to the successful introduction of new programs and significant improvements in educational quality, making him a key figure in shaping the future of further education.

Episode 19: “Bridging the Skills Gap: Innovations in Further Education” with Jason Lancaster

Episode Overview:

In “Bridging the Skills Gap: Innovations in Further Education,” we explore the transformative impact of AI on further education. This episode brings together insights from Jason Lancaster, delving into how AI technologies like personalised learning systems and data-driven feedback mechanisms are reshaping educational practices. We discuss the strategic use of AI in identifying skills gaps, tailoring curriculum development, and enhancing both teaching and learning experiences.

Key Topics of Discussion:

  1. The Role of AI in Personalised Learning:
    • How AI can be leveraged to personalise learning experiences.
    • The potential of AI in identifying skills gaps and tailoring curriculum development to meet individual learner needs.
  2. Innovations in Curriculum Development for Further Education:
    • Jason’s experience with introducing new curriculum areas and meeting the needs of both learners and employers.
    • The challenge of embedding wider skills and behaviours, with AI providing opportunities for consistency.
  3. Strategies for Quality Improvement in Further Education Institutions:
    • Key strategies and best practices implemented by Jason to drive improvements in educational provision.
    • Insights into the difference between improving poor to decent and decent to excellent educational standards.
  4. Bridging the Skills Gap through Employer Partnerships:
    • The importance of collaboration between colleges and employers in creating responsive and relevant educational programs.
    • Challenges and opportunities in aligning educational provision with employer needs, particularly in the context of AI and automation.
  5. Leadership and Management in the Education Sector:
    • Jason’s approach to leadership and management in the education sector.
    • The importance of mentoring and supporting future leaders in further education.
  6. The Future of Vocational Education:
    • Trends and predictions for the future of vocational education and training.
    • The role of technology in enhancing vocational education and preparing students for the future.

Key ‘Takeaway’ Ideas:

  1. Data as a Strategic Asset:
    • Treating data with the same seriousness as financial and human resources to enhance decision-making and operational efficiencies.
  2. Ethical Tech Integration:
    • The need for careful consideration of ethical implications and policy development when incorporating technology in educational settings.
  3. Empowering through Innovation:
    • How technological advancements can empower educators and learners, leading to improved educational outcomes and reduced administrative burdens.

Explore the Episode:

Witness a compelling discussion on the transformative power of data and technology in education with Jason Lancaster, and learn how these tools are not just reshaping educational strategies but also setting the stage for a more efficient and effective future. Tune into this enlightening conversation to see how data-centric approaches are pivotal in driving the next wave of educational innovation.

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