Independent Learning for Students

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.

independent learning for students

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

Digital Learning Ambassadors

December 2nd, 2015

Useful Tools for Self-Study

Here are some useful digital tools for students to use either in the classroom or in self study time. I recommend you direct your students to these sites when they need to revise for exams. Transforming things such as formula, facts, figures, definitions into a game makes it much easier… Read More »


December 1st, 2015

Week 3 Powtoon Video Animations

Guest Post: Week 3 Challenge for Digital Learning Ambassadors – Creating Powtoon Video Animations In our third week as Digital Learning Ambassadors, we have been progressing our LinkedIn project at the same time as trialling a new digital tool. We were tasked with using Powtoon to create an animation video… Read More »

Digital Learning Ambassadors LinkedIn

November 25th, 2015

Week 2 LinkedIn – Digital Learning Ambassadors

Guest Post: Our Second Week as Digital Learning Ambassadors We have completed our second week as Digital Learning Ambassadors. Our focus has been on our LinkedIn project. We are using LinkedIn to help students develop a professional, digital footprint for finding jobs and networking. We also want to use LinkedIn… Read More »


November 13th, 2015

LinkedIn Charter

The team of Digital Learning Ambassadors at PROCAT have been set their first challenge to help our learners get the most out of the professional networking tool, LinkedIn. We will be using LinkedIn as a technical solution, in order to improve employment chances of our learners. Digital Learning Ambassadors will… Read More »

linkedin digital learning ambassadors

November 12th, 2015

Digital Learning Ambassadors and LinkedIn

Digital Learning Ambassadors at Prospects College of Advanced Technology will be working with learners, instructors and employers to introduce the use of LinkedIn as a useful networking and CV building tool. LinkedIn is a professional online network where people build their online identity and CV, which travels with them throughout… Read More »

dan-payne digital learning ambassador

November 11th, 2015

Dan Payne Digital Learning Ambassador

Meet Digital Ambassador: Dan Payne Hi, my name is Daniel Payne, this is my introduction post. I’m an IT Support Technician based at the PROCAT Basildon campus. I was asked to take part in the Digital Ambassador programme by Katharine Jewitt. Before joining PROCAT I previously worked at a local… Read More »

digital learning ambassadors

November 6th, 2015

Digital Learning Ambassadors Portfolio

The Digital Learning Ambassadors at PROCAT will be keeping track of their scholarship progress by keeping a portfolio. The aims of the portfolio are: • To provide a framework of information for the Digital Learning Ambassadors to develop • To provide a greater understanding of the Digital Learning Ambassadors own… Read More »

byod bring your own device

November 5th, 2015

Bring Your Own Device BYOD

BYOD is launched at PROCAT PROCAT introduced the ability to ‘bring your own’ (BYO) devices in September 2015 based on the Jisc BYOD policy. Prospects College of Advanced Technology installed Meraki wireless access points and set up a BYOD network for Students. Students are now able to bring their own… Read More »

digital learning ambassadors

November 4th, 2015

Digital Learning Ambassadors

Introducing PROCAT Digital Learning Ambassadors PROCAT – Prospects College of Advanced Technology has launched a Digital Learning Ambassador Scholarship. We are pleased to announce the appointment of Danny Crook from Basildon campus and Colin Dos Santos from Southend campus, together with Dan Payne, IT Instructor and Katharine Jewitt, Digital Learning… Read More »

20 ways to engage learners

October 19th, 2015

20 Ways to Engage Students

A research study was carried out at PROCAT to investigate students’ expectations and experiences when using technology at college. You can read the research report here. The E-Zine below is a further resource, which follows on from the research report. It provides 20 key messages for Instructors, which summarises feedback… Read More »