South Staffordshire College shortlisted for TES FE Award for ‘Outstanding use of technology for improving teaching and learning’

South Staffordshire College shortlisted for TES FE Award for ‘Outstanding use of technology for improving teaching and learning’1South Staffordshire College are delighted to announce that they have been shortlisted for a prestigious TES FE Award for ‘Outstanding use of technology for improving teaching and learning’.

Designed to recognise and celebrate the dedication and expertise of the people and teams who continue to make a significant contribution to improving the skills of young people and adult learners, the TES FE Awards reward the achievements of some of the finest education providers in the country.

Naturally, South Staffordshire College are thrilled with their shortlisting, which comes as a result of their commitment to embracing the latest technology and digital learning platforms to improve their learner’s experiences.

Over the past year the College have worked with their partner ‘Vitalize Consultancy’ to transform their learning resources centres at all campuses and have successfully implemented ‘Google Apps for Education’. A cloud based application, this provides a host of additional benefits for learners including remote access to documents and applications, on any device, anywhere. Learners also enjoy the opportunity to enjoy real-time collaboration, Google Classroom, email and calendars.

South Staffordshire College shortlisted for TES FE Award for ‘Outstanding use of technology for improving teaching and learning’2The state-of-the-art learning resource centres providing a sleek, modern and uber stylish learning environment and have been fitted with the latest pioneering technology to provide learners with more access than ever to the resources they need to aid their studies. The introduction of hundreds of sleek new Chromebase desktop devices, that run the latest Google Chrome systems mean students also enjoy split-second access to the internet.
Each Learning Resource Centre has also been designed to accommodate additional work stations, increasing capacity across all campuses.

South Staffordshire College shortlisted for TES FE Award for ‘Outstanding use of technology for improving teaching and learning’3

The refurbished and re-equipped Rodbaston Campus Learning Resource Centre. The centres at the College’s Tamworth, Cannock and Lichfield campuses have also undergone a complete transformation, providing learners collegewide with access to the latest digital innovations.

Speaking on behalf of the College about their recent TES FE Awards shotlisting, Director of strategy and Infrastructure, Jamie Smith says “The news of our shortlisting is fantastic, we’re delighted that our commitment to improving learner experience through technological innovation has been recognised in such a positive way. The nomination is not only brilliant news for the College as a whole, but also for the dedicated team who have worked tirelessly to deliver such outstanding results. I’d like to thank all of the hardworking staff and our partner Vitalize, who have all made such a significant contribution to our College.”

Stuart Brown of Vitalize Consultancy adds “Collaborating with the IT department at South Staffordshire College has been an amazing experience. By pooling the skills and experience of both teams we have managed to develop a solution that is transforming teaching and learning. In my 20 years working in IT I have never seen an IT project have such a significant impact. We’d like to congratulate South Staffordshire College on their award nomination and wish them all the very best of luck!”

The winners of the 2016 TES FE Awards will be announced at an awards ceremony in London on 22nd April 2016.

Interested in finding out more about how South Staffordshire College and Vitalize are transforming education through Google Apps?

Why not attend their ‘Google Apps: Changing education technology for the better’ conference.

Now running for a second time to to popular demand, the event which will be held within the stunning 180 hectare estate of Rodbaston Hall, will take place on 16th March 2016, from 9.30am – 3.30pm. Open to both technical and non-technical senior managers and teachers in the public and private education sector, the event will once again include a number of presentations delivered by speakers from Google and wider technology innovators.

Keynote speakers will include leading education influencer Bob Harrison, who is Vice Chair of Governors at Northern College and Founder of SET UK, plus a presenter from Jisc.

To find out more or book your place visit:
www.vitalizeconsultancy.co.uk/events/ or call 01925 661749.

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About Association of Colleges West Midlands

AoC West Midlands promotes and supports the interests of 38 general further education, sixth form and specialist colleges throughout the West Midlands region. The West Midlands is a diverse region and our colleges reflect this diversity. From small specialist colleges in rural locations to large inner city establishments, colleges reflect the needs of their local environment. Working closely with employers, learners and the local community, our 38 member colleges offer a broad range of flexible learning opportunities for individuals at all levels. They aim to give local people the skills they need for success and prosperity, tackling barriers to learning and providing opportunities that meet the needs of individuals and employers
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