At PROCAT, we are developing the use of appropriate technologies for the best learning experiences for our students.
Digital technology has a fundamental role to play in enhancing the learning experience of PROCAT's students and improving efficiency for staff and students by enabling independent learning.
However, technology is an enabler for enhanced and engaged learning, not the principle driver. We will always be continually innovating with new technologies, but at the same time, we will also carefully evaluate digital technology innovations for their effectiveness in teaching and learning.
Our aim is to support learners in learning effectively in a technology-rich, digital world. The use of digital technology can aid students to develop independence and autonomy and build support networks amongst their fellow students. Through the development of digital learning, PROCAT will be able to provide flexibility for students in using their own devices and make learning convenient for their work based learning situations.
We want to use digital technology to encourage learner independence and support personal development by providing a range of learning opportunities, content and resources. Through the use of technology, students will be able to study through work-based and home-based learning and allow them to personalise their requirements and reduce isolation when they are away from the college working in an apprenticeship. The use of technology will provide students with access to guidance, advice, learning resources and a way to record their achievements through e-portfolios.
Blog Posts associated with Independent Learning for Students
January 15th, 2016
Digital Learning Fellowship Dissemination Event funded by The Education and Training Foundation held on Friday 15th January 2016 On Friday 15th January 2016, Prospects College of Advanced Technology – PROCAT held a dissemination event to share their digital learning journey. The event was an opportunity to share the work of… Read More »
January 14th, 2016
PROCAT is proud to share its latest toolkit; ‘Using digital technologies to transform vocational education’ – for practitioners, managers and employers responsible for implementing institution-wide technology for learning. This practical toolkit captures the processes that have been put in place so far at PROCAT together with the lessons learnt. In… Read More »
January 11th, 2016
Nao Robot arrives at PROCAT. The next generation of humanoid robots PROCAT have purchased Nao Robot to support the development of curriculum in robotics and programming. The use of a robot is beneficial to both FE students, apprentices and HE students. It strongly supports the kind of active learning we… Read More »
January 7th, 2016
1. Ask students to do a piece of research on “When will I ever need maths” – students have to come up with their own uses of maths when given an area of work. 2. Use posters as lesson starters to discuss how maths is used in the real world…. Read More »
January 6th, 2016
What is your favourite book? PROCAT’s Essential Skills Leader, Amy Izod, challenged all staff to name their favourite book and why. Amy is using the information collated from all the staff to inspire students to read something new. The inspiration to read books and sharing book review information is being… Read More »
December 15th, 2015
We are busy people. While juggling student instruction, assignment review, lesson preparation, and professional development, you need technology to work for you, not against you. Here are some nifty time-saving techniques. 1. Snap windows side-by-side to work simultaneously Making a PowerPoint presentation with content from a Word doc and photos?… Read More »
December 11th, 2015
Guest Post from the Digital Learning Ambassadors – Preparing for Lunchtime LinkedIn Events This is our final report before we break for Christmas. This week, we’ve been planning events to be held in the canteen at lunch times to introduce other students and staff to the benefits of LinkedIn. Students… Read More »
December 7th, 2015
December 4th, 2015
Guest Post by Digital Learning Ambassador Danny Crook Using Powtoon I have created this short clip to provide a check list for you to create a LinkedIn profile. This Powtoon clip has been created as part of the PROCAT Digital Learning Ambassadors scholarship to help students use LinkedIn effectively. This… Read More »
December 3rd, 2015
Today’s blog posts looks at how the quality of teaching and learning has been improved at PROCAT through the use of digital technology David Hill, Course Leader at PROCAT Aviation Academy demonstrates Aerosim Improving the quality of teaching and learning The virtual learning technology empowers learners and their employers, supporting… Read More »