In this project, staff in the Construction department at Burnley College explored the use of educational technology (EdTech) in their vocational teaching to support students learning remotely during the Covid-19 pandemic, but also to develop and innovate their teaching practice more broadly. They were tasked with sharing their learning with colleagues in their department, as well as helping to foster college-wide practitioner networks.
The project was focused around a variety of levels and programmes; Level 1 Painting and Decorating, Level 2 and 3 Carpentry and Joinery, and HNC/HND students, ensuring students involved were from a variety of backgrounds and age ranges. Many of the learners had lower level literacy skills and lacked digital skills for online learning.
The Burnley College project was one of six Reflective Explorations funded by the Education and Training Foundation (ETF) in spring 2021 to help practitioners develop their digital skills by engaging with the resources and communities of practice on the Enhance Digital Teaching Platform (see below).
The staff involved were:
- Sarah Condren, Staff Development Manager (Project Lead)
- Sol Whittaker, Construction Programme Leader
- Gary Nolan, Lecturer in Carpentry and Joinery
- Mark Smith, Lecturer in Painting and Decorating
The participants were supported by ETF EdTech Mentor Sarah Simons.
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