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 the digital learning fellowship funded by The Education and Training Foundation.
For more information about the event, please visit the PROCAT Digital Learning Dissemination Event website here and click here to view a copy of the agenda.
Special thanks go to The Education and Training Foundation for funding the fellowship and making the day possible. Thank you to our keynote speakers Catherine Bone – Jisc Account Manager, David Russell – Chief Executive of The Education and Training Foundation, Bradley Lightbody – Managing Director of Collegenet and Bob Harrison – Chair of Governors Northern College, Member of FELTAG/ETAG, Education Adviser Toshiba Northern Europe.
Special thanks also go to the staff of PROCAT who generously gave up their time to prepare for and speak at the digital learning dissemination event. PROCAT staff shared their infectious passion for using digital technology to benefit learning. They made the day through their personal stories and sharing their experiences of using digital technology in and out of the classroom, for the benefit of learners, employers and instructors.
Thank you to all the staff of PROCAT involved in arranging the event, which included Reception staff, Estates staff, Marketing and Administration staff, IT staff, Digital Learning Ambassadors and all members of the Senior Management Team. An important thank you goes to the staff who were unable to attend the event and maintained the running of the college and teaching timetable, as well as, giving up the staff car park for the day!
Last but by no means least, thank you to all the guests who took time out of their schedules to attend the day. We hope to welcome you again to a future event at PROCAT. Thank you to Paul Warren for the wonderful guest review of the event and to all our guests for your contributions throughout the day and social networking.
Despite all our best efforts from all the people involved, the event was completely upstaged by the invasion of Nao the Robot who stole the show with amazing tai chi moves! You can read more about Nao here.
The event was streamed live. The hashtag #PROCATDigital was used for the event and ranked in the UK’s top 50 most talked about hashtags during the day on Twitter. Below is a Storify story collating many of the social networking messages about the Digital Learning Dissemination event.
Below are some pictures taken from the day shared by attendees tweeting at the event.
The day was opened with a welcome address by Neil Bates, Principal and Chief Executive of PROCAT. Neil’s visionary leadership is key to PROCAT thriving as a college of advanced technology and digital organisation.
Katharine Jewitt, Digital Learning Fellow who was appointed from January as the college’s Director of Learning, portrayed the digital learning journey that PROCAT is undertaking through a series of images and discussed the digital infrastructure being developed for successful teaching and learning in and out of the college for work-based learning.
Daniel Payne shared the work of the Digital Learning Ambassadors. You can read more about the work of the Ambassadors direct from their own website. Visit the Digital Learning Ambassadors here.
Digital Learning Ambassador, Daniel Payne, was also our photographer for the day (the photographs will be shared at a later date) and ensured the event was live streamed and managed our IT for the day.
Helen Russell, Director of Business Development and Alex Smith, Commercial Coordinator shared the launch of a web shop through the Digital Learning fellowship used as a business development tool and ensures funding transparency.
Stewart Lindsay, Executive Manager presented on the use of OneFile e-portfolio and the benefits for learners, staff and employers.
Neil Warren, Chief Operating Officer described the development of a robust, flexible digital environment through a coherent bring your own device policy.
Keynote Speaker, David Russell, CEO presented on the vision and strategy for The Education and Training Foundation. David drew on how the work of the Digital Learning Fellowship at PROCAT shared the same big themes that the ETF have focused on in the last year:
- Apprenticeships and Study Programmes
- Leading employer-provider partnerships
- Innovation in higher level vocational teaching and learning
David invited attendees to visit The Education and Training Foundation website and to read the annual review. “We can help you”, David said.
Keynote Speaker, Catherine Bone, Jisc Account Manager presented on developing the student voice. Katharine Jewitt shared how the strategy for the digital learning fellowship began with the student voice and 116 PROCAT students were involved in focus groups utilising Jisc digital student resources. The students’ feedback was used to develop the whole strategy based on their experiences and expectations on using digital technology. You can read more about the PROCAT digital student voice research project here, which includes links to the Jisc resources used in the focus groups to facilitate activities and discussion.
Keynote Speaker, Bradley Lightbody, Director of Collegenet (pictured above with Catherine Bone and Katharine Jewitt) spoke on the subject of flipped learning. Bradley also provided a four page handout for all attendees. Click here to download the handout.
Keynote Speaker, Bob Harrison took the audience back to the industrial age and talked about the history of FE, now no longer fit for purpose in the digital age. Bob talked about changing mindsets, innovation and the relationship between employers and FE providers needing reform.
Alan Claughan presented on using padlet for OneWorld, PROCAT’s new name for equality and diversity. Alan also shared experiences of using padlet for independent and collaborative learning in the classroom, as well as, 3D printing and solidworks.
Jill Terry, Student Services Manager presented on the use of film and padlet for advanced thinking and enterprise skills with functional skills students.
Instructor, Peter Frarey and Bill Guiver, Deputy Head of Faculty demonstrated the use of animation in construction.
Danny Guyon demonstrated how A3 laminated place mats have been created for staff’s desk, making use of QR codes to link to ideas on effective questioning in the classroom.
David Hill, 147 Training Manager shared the use of Aerosim for simulated learning and Aviation Instructor Murray Woodington described the use of Socrative in the classroom for interactive quizzes to recap at the start of lessons and to summarise learning at the end.
Sam Machin presented on the use of Tripticoplus for interactive learning in the classroom and talked of a wide range of uses with the software.
Silvia Tinena Coris ended the day with a talk on electronics and software platforms in engineering with a live demonstration of python programs.
Finally, I’d like to share with you a short clip (less than 2 minutes) of Bob Harrison, Keynote Speaker being filmed during the event break time by Paul Warren, one of the event attendees from Swindon College, about the six main principles of FELTAG. Paul has been creating a series of clips about FELTAG which you can view on his YouTube channel here. Coincidentally, it provides a perfect summary of the Digital Learning Fellowship dissemination event.
Our next event will be held on the 26th February 08.30 – 12.30. For details and to book, please visit here.