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Getting Started - top tips for ESafety

Page history last edited by Julia Taylor 7 years, 9 months ago

Throughout the sector FE, ACL and WBL providers are making good use of technology to teach a very diverse range of learners. Many are adults and many are more competent with IT than their teachers. There are real benefits from using technology to support innovative, inclusive and cost effective practice and though the risks cannot be eliminated they can be realistically assessed and avoided if it is recognised that learners, staff and providers all have responsibilities to fulfil. eSafety policy and practice should encourage e-responsible online behaviour by promoting Digital Values and providing the  skills that staff and learners need to protect themselves and each other when using technology. 


The JISC RSC e-responsibility resources brings together the best practice and tools for  implementing the key -steps in e-safety:

1.    Think eResponsibility! In the learning and skills sector e-safety relies on responsible behaviour from learners and staff.  Focus on promoting digital values and how technology can support learning when used properly.
2.    Make someone in senior management responsible for e-safety and set up a group that brings together curriculum, technical and safeguarding staff to form e-safety policy.

3.    Assess you current practice to see how you define and deal with esafety and to assess what the real risks are for your organisation, staff and learners, particularly those with disabilities.
3.    Integrate e-safety policy into all your key organizational policies, internal quality systems and review processes to encourage whole organizational involvement.
4.    Get learners involved. Make e-responsibility part of their induction and link it to the student code. Ask for feedback to check that they are learning and keep up with how they are using technology.
5.    Set out clearly defined reporting process, responsibilities and consequences. Aim to ensure that everyone understands what they need to do through staff training and contracts.  
6.    Get advice and support from JISC Advance -JISC legal, JISC TechDis and JISC RSC offer resources and support with eSafety strategy. Your local RSC can help with assessing your current practice and the real risks to your learners and offer CPD for staff.


More information for those managing the e-safety strategy can be found on the strategic pages of this wiki. Please also read the pages on working with learners with disabilities. Contact your JISC Regional Support Centre at http://www.jiscrsc.ac.uk/ for support and advice.