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1 SMART Blended Learning: a college’s response to FELTAG Vision West Nottinghamshire College Richard Brook Head of IT and Learning Resources

2 In this workshop: Why develop Blended Learning? What are we doing at VWNC? – Project Plan How? – SOLA Packs explained What makes it all work? – Recognised roles – Staff training and support – Training and support – IT Infrastructure What’s SMART about the Heart of Worcestershire College model of Blended Learning? VLE Questions?

3 Background information

4 Why Blended Learning?

5 Create new opportunities to engage learners through technology Develop independent learning skills Deliver the curriculum more flexibly and efficiently

6 Why Blended Learning? Heart of Worcestershire College success: Now delivering 10 to 20% of all FT L2 and L3 courses online 4 years’ experience Increased success rates by 12% AoC Beacon Award for Blended Learning - "Effective use of technology in FE"

7 Further Education Learning Technology Action Group (FELTAG): Department of Business, Innovation and Skills: ‘During 2014/15 the Skills Funding Agency will support ‘online-only trailblazers’ which will start us moving towards the 10% standard minimum.’

8 What are we doing at VWNC?

9 Blended Learning Pilot at VWNC

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11 How are we developing blended learning at VWNC?

12 SOLA, what does it mean? Scheduled Online Learning and Assessment Vision West Nottinghamshire College

13 SOLA Pack Sample Let’s take a look… VWNC Staff Moodle SOLA Pack Template in Moodle

14 Key features of a SOLA Pack A SOLA pack is a short learning and assessment activity created in and delivered from VWNC Moodle. Typically, a pack will contain: Clear instructions and structure (templates) Clear learning outcomes Range of learning resources, text, interactive and video. – e.g. ClickView, YouTube, Open Educational Resources etc. Learning activities through Moodle tools – e.g. forums, glossaries, journals, databases etc. Assessment through Moodle quiz and assignment tools

15 What makes SOLA pack blended learning work?

16 What makes it work? Clear Roles

17 What makes it work? Commitment of SOLA specialist, teaching teams and managers Clear message to all that SOLA learning has same value as face to face learning Clear links between SOLA and class based learning Interesting well-structured content and activities Regular assessment and monitoring On-going training and support

18 What makes it work? Training Sessions For teachers: Introduction to SOLA (90 mins) Finding and using Open Educational Resources (60 mins) Moodle assessment tools (60 mins) Moodle collaborative tools (60 mins) Monitoring SOLA learner activity in Moodle (30 mins)

19 What makes it work? Good planning - Discussion points for Curriculum Teams Identify: – Elements of your curriculum that can be delivered through the SOLA packs as independent learning – Any specific support or CPD requirements for individuals or the team

20 What makes it work? SOLA packs – well organised in the College VLE College VLE Sources of best practice: conversations with Peter Kilcoyne and Neil Spaxman BTEC Level 3 Dip in Electrical/Electronic Engineering Home course Unit 1 – Health and Safe Unit 2 - Comms Unit 3 – Eng. Project BTEC Level 3 Dip in Electrical/Electronic Engineering SOLA packs SOLA Packs SOLA pack 1 (Topic 1) SOLA pack 2 (Topic 2) Each box is a course in the College VLE

21 What makes it work? Good IT Infrastructure Fast, reliable VLE with ample storage Robust, accessible WiFi Learning spaces – Adequate bookable open access IT facilities – Variety of learning spaces IT Support – Access to free software for Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) learners – Troubleshooting support for BYOD learners

22 What’s SMART about the Heart of Worcestershire College model of Blended Learning?

23 What’s SMART about the HoW model of Blended Learning? Specific - whole organisation approach to BL Measurable - all teams use the same structured model – progress and engagement can be measured Achievable - model uses existing staff skills – with some development and support – not about creating interactive multimedia – is about using existing free Internet resources in a structured way Realistic/Relevant – Tutors identify the most appropriate curriculum for development Timely – learning packages are deployed and attract learner engagement in a timely manner within the academic year

24 Questions? Richard Brook Head of IT and Learning Resources Richard.brook@wnc.ac.uk Twitter and Linked In


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