Presentation on theme: "SMART Blended Learning: a college’s response to FELTAG Vision West Nottinghamshire College Richard Brook Head of IT and Learning Resources."— Presentation transcript:
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 PlanHow?SOLA Packs explainedWhat makes it all work?Recognised rolesStaff training and supportTraining and supportIT InfrastructureWhat’s SMART about the Heart of Worcestershire College model of Blended Learning? VLEQuestions?
3 Background information Worked in FE for 31 years 28 years at KCAlmost 1 year at West NottsWorked at Uni of Hudds for 12 years, Specialist ConferenceClose links between CollegesGood links with Peter Kilcoyne at HoW College - 14 yearsGoogle the HoW Conference
5 Why Blended Learning?Create new opportunities to engage learners through technologyDevelop independent learning skillsDeliver 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 online4 years’ experienceIncreased success rates by 12%AoC Beacon Award for Blended Learning - "Effective use of technology in FE"Well done Peter Kilcoyne and the team.
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.’West Notts involved in the tailblazers project– delivering wholly online AAT levels 2 and 3 with Home Learning College
11 How are we developing blended learning at VWNC?
12 Vision West Nottinghamshire College SOLA, what does it mean?ScheduledOnlineLearningandAssessmentVision West Nottinghamshire College
13 SOLA Pack SampleLet’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 outcomesRange of learning resources, text, interactive and video.e.g. ClickView, YouTube, Open Educational Resources etc.Learning activities through Moodle toolse.g. forums, glossaries, journals, databases etc.Assessment through Moodle quiz and assignment tools
17 What makes it work?Commitment of SOLA specialist, teaching teams and managersClear message to all that SOLA learning has same value as face to face learningClear links between SOLA and class based learningInteresting well-structured content and activitiesRegular assessment and monitoringOn-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 learningAny specific support or CPD requirements for individuals or the team
20 What makes it work? SOLA packs – well organised in the College VLE BTEC Level 3 Dip in Electrical/Electronic Engineering SOLA packsSOLA PacksSOLA pack 1 (Topic 1)SOLA pack 2 (Topic 2)BTEC Level 3 Dip in Electrical/Electronic EngineeringHome courseUnit 1 – Health and SafeUnit 2 - CommsUnit 3 – Eng. ProjectEach box is a course in the College VLESources of best practice: conversations with Peter Kilcoyne and Neil Spaxman
21 What makes it work? Good IT Infrastructure Fast, reliable VLE with ample storageRobust, accessible WiFiLearning spacesAdequate bookable open access IT facilitiesVariety of learning spacesIT SupportAccess to free software for Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) learnersTroubleshooting 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 BLMeasurable - all teams use the same structured modelprogress and engagement can be measuredAchievable - model uses existing staff skillswith some development and support not about creating interactive multimediais about using existing free Internet resources in a structured wayRealistic/RelevantTutors identify the most appropriate curriculum for developmentTimelylearning packages are deployed and attract learner engagement in a timely manner within the academic year Specific - whole organisation approach to BL. It might not be appropriate for every level or every aspect of the curriculum, however, everyone in the organisation will be doing the same thing.Measurable - because all BL is developed and delivered using the same structured model, progress and engagement can be measured.Achievable - This model uses existing staff skills - albeit with some development and support. This is not about creating interactive multimedia, this is about using existing free Internet resources in a structured way.Realistic/Relevant - Tutors identify the most appropriate curriculum for focus on and use for the development of BLTimely - learning packages need to be created, deployed and attract learner engagement within the academic year. Each year, tutors will update and build on the work done in the past year - resources only need to be created once.
24 Head of IT and Learning Resources Questions?Richard BrookHead of IT and Learning ResourcesTwitter and Linked In