HoW Two Do IT

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Heart of Worcestershire College has kick-started 2017 and is preparing to do the double after being nominated for the TES ‘Outstanding use of technology for improving teaching, learning and assessment’ award for the second time in three years.

Emerging as winners of the same award in 2015, the College’s ILT team are elated to be nominated for the second time in three years. The award recognises the College’s work in setting up and leading one of the largest national collaborative projects ever in Further Education; The Blended Learning Consortium.

The Consortium is made up of over 80 colleges who work collaboratively to co-fund the development of interactive online learning resources which are then shared with all member colleges. The resources are written by curriculum experts from across the consortium. The HoW ILT Team along with those from other colleges then create interactive, engaging learning resources that improve vocational skills and support academic studies.
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The consortium, through pooling of resources is making huge efficiency savings for all member colleges.

Rather than one college spending £5k on developing its own resources and getting £5k worth of resource this collaborative approach means that all members get over £400k worth of resources for their £5k contribution. This means that each college is making a saving of £400k which when multiplied across all members comes to an annual saving of over £32 million per year.

Speaking about the College’s nomination success Peter Kilcoyne, ILT Director, said:

“We are thrilled to be nominated for the award for the second time in three years. The ILT team consistently work to improve interactive online resources and this nomination highlights their hard work both in the College and in the wider sector.”

Winners will be announced at the TES Further Education Awards ceremony on Friday 24th February 2017.

For more information about the Blended Learning Consortium please visit blc-fe.org/

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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