The Digital Learning Journey of PROCAT
This blog post is a series of images to portray the journey that PROCAT has been travelling along with Digital Learning Fellow, Katharine Jewitt, during the digital learning fellowship funded by The Education and Training Foundation.
As a college we do not chain down students to learn only in the classroom. Learning does not take place by an instructor stood at the front of the class with a chalkboard. It is not restricted by a timetable. Learning is on demand, taking place anywhere at any time and on any device.
We are on a journey to move PROCAT away from this traditional way of teaching and take all staff through a new leadership competency programme so that learning at PROCAT is facilitated to allow for peer to peer and student centre learning. All staff will have a continuous professional development plan and training and development will be constant and continuously reviewed.
This image of the classroom is the complete opposite to the last image. During my 9 months at PROCAT, this is the emerging picture of the classroom. All elements shown here are taking place now at PROCAT in some form or another and we are on a journey to embed this in the practice of every instructor. Here we see happy students, choosing what devices to learn from and how to learn and how to demonstrate their assessment. We have a learner here who is taking a picture of something she has just welded to add to her e-portfolio.
Students are learning from the VLE and checking progress. This learner is learning in a virtual building site and building a virtual brick wall. He’s able to try out and practice skills first, calculate the number of bricks he needs, work out his calculations and amount of materials he needs. He can practice health and safety in a virtual environment, whilst experiencing all the sounds and sights of a real life scenario. 1 in 3 work place accidents happen in construction, so virtual reality has real benefits for students to learn the hazards before experiencing the work place for real.
Here you see the teach who is facilitating collaborative group learning. Learning is experiential and flexible. Students can problem solve and learn in project based learning. Students gain confidence working in teams.
I am developing a digital backpack in the VLE, which contains everything learners need to learn how to learn, how to learn a range of employability skills, how to be independent learners and how to be technical, professional and work ready.
We like PROCAT alumni to look back at their time at PROCAT and say that their experience was of working with professionals in and out of college, not teachers. We want our learners to say that they didn’t just study a course at PROCAT or just gain a qualification, but had an opportunity to interact in the work place with professionals and develop a set of employability skills that allows them to be work ready.
At PROCAT learners experience how things work in industry in real life, working with who will employ them. They have access to hands on work skills. There is engagement at all levels for all students. At PROCAT Instructors are Professionals not Teachers.
PROCAT provides work based learning, evidence based and problem solving learning. It is collaborative between the college, learners and employers in a three-way partnership.
This image shows level 3 students learning in the work place with an employer and this being streamed into the classroom with the college instructor, employers and learners collaborating in the classroom too. This is motivating for level 1 students to see level 3 students in the workplace and aspire to what the future holds for them.
A member of the Support team visited an auction property for sale and filmed it room by room, all in detail and talking to the camera. The students have been really engaged, working collaboratively and contributing to the shared digital resource on how to renovate the house, suggesting extensions and sharing resources and ideas.
At PROCAT we recognise that learning takes place informally, in the work place and is personalised and on demand.
Meta Cognitive activities – students want to use tech to manage their learning and have the ability to self plan, self monitor, self evaluate.
collaborative learning – be given opportunity to learn in groups with employers, with students internal and external and in any location.
Cognitive activities – they want to be challenged and problem solve
Learning to be engaging and supportive
Learn informally in the work place by employees not educators.
As part of the fellowship I have built the college a VLE and all staff are starting to be trained in the VLE to a standard earning digital badges that meet the standards of Ofsted and QAA. The VLE has been built in collaboration with employers. They’ve made recommendations where they’d like their work projects and resources alongside study material throughout the study calendar.
PROCAT is a new kind of institution providing a complete model of work based learning.
PROCAT is the central learning hub providing levels 2 upwards which facilitates a wide variety of learning opportunities.
Work based learning and working with employers.
Working with communities. Students demonstrating entrepreneur skills and establishing working enterprises.
Classroom based learning for the modern age.
Working with schools to inspire and encourage our future learners
On demand learning
Communities of practice
A strong female student population
Students are learning through virtual reality and augmented reality using the latest technology
Students attend PROCAT from different locations and stay in accommodation and are collaboratively learning and learning through online communities.
Apprentices work with FE students. Live streaming into the classroom, inspiring the young generation in the skills and experience they will gain.
PROCAT are delivering Technical Professional Careers with learners who are skilled for the workplace and work ready.