4 out of 6 FE Staff say their Colleges are Launching a Smartphone App

10 January 2013

In a survey of FE staff, nearly three quarters of respondents said that their institutions had launched or were planning to introduce their own smartphone app.

In the survey, carried out by Capita at the at the Association of Colleges’ Annual Conference in November 2012, almost half of the delegates who responded (46%) said that their institution already had a smartphone app and more than a quarter (26.9%) said that mobile technology was being introduced within the next 2 years.

Rob Elliott from Capita’s further and higher education business, said: “Now that the green light has been signalled for FE colleges to recruit students from aged 14 years from September 2013, the further education arena is set to undergo a major transformation. To compete successfully, FE and sixth form colleges will be under more pressure than ever to improve the student experience and deliver an education that is fit for the 21st Century.

“The survey results suggest that in many FE institutions, mobile technology is being placed at the very heart of the strategy for recruiting students and enhancing their provision in the years ahead. Whether a college wants to engage existing students, attract new ones or simply communicate in a way that most young people now expect, ‘out of the box’ apps can be implemented with minimal cost and effort and without requiring any coding skills. As the market becomes more competitive, we anticipate that the use and development of mobile technology in the FE sector will only grow.”  

The survey results also indicated that: 

  • The Education Funding Agency’s call for a fairer, simpler and more transparent system for 16 – 19 funding will require colleges to make some key changes to their current processes. Almost 72% of respondents stated that changes had been made or would be made to the way the curriculum is designed in their institutions. And 50% said that changes are required to the monitoring of student achievement, attendance and retention.
  • More than half the delegates who responded (54.2%) said that the results from Ofsted's Learner View website will be crucial to ensuring students are satisfied with the standard of learning available at their institutions. While just over a quarter of respondents (25.4%) said that their organisations had their own systems in place to ensure students' voices are heard.
  • Nearly 34% of delegates said that their institutions had increased the number of higher education courses on offer and more than 35% planned to do so in the next academic year.