Learner Ownership

Christopher Lindridge
4th January 2021

This reflection was contributed as a submission for a 2 Star Badge in The Digital Teacher (Leading)

Give a brief description of your work context and responsibilities, e.g. your teaching background, experience, type of organisation (e.g. FE college, ACL), subject/curriculum you teach/lead, your learners (skills level, any particular inclusion needs, age range of group, size of group)

The establishment which I currently work within is a Large FE College where we also deliver HE and WBL programmes within the engineering sectors (Mechanical and Electrical). I currently deliver programmes to level 3 full time learners and Apprentices within the Electrical discipline and have the responsibility for the Apprentice provision and its structure for the curriculum delivery. My... more

How did you use the learning from this/these module(s) (briefly describe the learning context, with a focus on The Digital Teacher)

Following the completion of the modules the first step was to decide upon the most suitable subject and subsequent learner group for the implementation of the approach. With the current ongoing COVID-19 pandemic the programme delivery has been adapted to follow a blended approach (Remote learning and face-to-face delivery) which presented a unique opportunity to trial this new method using the... more

How did you adapt/modify activities and/or resources for your context providing alternative approaches with specific reference to The Digital Teacher practices?

Within my teaching role I have developed resources and delivery material as a matter of course, when considering the implementation of a new digital method of teaching there where some modifications that needed to be made so that they were fit for purpose. The main modification and adaptation was the creation of the instructional material as in a traditional session this would be a... more

Provide any examples of any new approaches tested out.

As a pilot project a specific group of learners where selected to determine how the resources/approaches would be best introduced, the new approaches where as follows:

1. Flipped Classroom
Instructional short videos where created to demonstrate practical workshop processes, these incorporated assessment questions via the
the use of 'Google... more

What worked well, or did not work so well? How would you approach the activity/use the resource differently next time?

The way in which the learners first reacted to the 'flipped classroom' approach was slightly apprehensive as they saw this as them having to do more work at home, but after having a discussion and giving a demonstration of how it would work they were keen to take part in the project. If the project was to start again then I would redevelop the instructional material as some of the... more

How did the learning from the module(s) impact on the quality of the learning experience?

The modules gave me a further insight into how the traditional approach to delivery in the classroom could be adapted to meet the needs of the learners in these changing times. Giving learners the ownership and responsibility for their own learning using the flipped classroom approach was well received and learners fed back that they felt a sense of accomplishment having lessons in this manner.... more

How have you initiated strategic change/quality improvement in relation to The Digital Teacher, eg at a peer, department, organisational, regional, national level)?

Within the college we have a dedicated Teaching, Learning and Assessment(TLA) team and a Digital Learning team. Following the completion of these modules alongside previous modules I requested a meeting to showcase what I had been investigating and the results/learner feedback that had been obtained. The meeting was held and discussions with other staff both in my department and the TLA brought... more

What will be your next step in bringing about further change?

The initial plan is that these approaches will be discussed with other colleagues in the first instance so that as a department we can increase the number of instructional resources i.e. videos and audio descriptors. This will then mean that further groups and the other satellite centres from the main college can utilise these with their learners to encourage a cultural shift in the delivery... more

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