NSC IT Students Evaluate App for Lecturers

NSC IT Students Evaluate App for Lecturers

Left to Right: IT Student, Gareth Gavin, Maths lecturer Wayne Young and IT student Daniel Sayers with the component parts of the Plickers application

Two BTEC Level 3 IT students at North Shropshire College (NSC) are part of the nationwide CAE Student Digital Champions program. Daniel Sayers and Gareth Gavin were asked to evaluate a new teaching application called ‘Plickers’, they saw how useful it could be for lecturers at the College. Daniel and Gareth approached Maths lecturer, Wayne Young, to present their findings. The result was a flurry of ideas and ways in which the application could be put to work in a college-wide program of activities.

The ‘Plickers’ application enables a lecturer to ask a group of students a question, each student has a QR Code, which is unique to them, on a card which has four possible answers A, B, C or D. Each student responds with an answer and the smart phone app records and monitors the results by student, by question.

Maths lecturer, Wayne Young, commented ‘Not every classroom lends itself easily to the use of technology. Here at North Shropshire College we have a wide range of vocational and practical teaching environments, so an application like this will prove a real boon. By exploring emerging technologies, and thinking beyond the boundaries of their own course framework in the way Dan and Gareth have, means we are creating learning environments that are fun, fast and smart. Having the opportunity to work with Gareth and Dan has been great and I look forward to progressing this project further with them.’

NSC’s Information and Learning Technology Lead, Andy Cawthray added ‘Enabling the effective use of IT isn’t about everyone having the latest whiz-bang gizmo. It’s about encouraging the creative application of emerging technologies and cross departmental collaborations like this are a perfect example of how we can transform and enhance learning, teaching, and working practices for the College as a whole.’

For more information about IT qualifications at NSC or to apply, please go to www.nsc.ac.uk. You can also call the College Admissions Team on 01691 688080 or email admissions@nsc.ac.uk.

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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