300th case study on the Excellence Gateway

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Today, the JISC RSCs are proud to announce publication of the 300th case study on the Excellence Gateway.

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Our 300th case study demonstrates eco-friendly learning in FE

The case studies aim to stimulate and support innovation and improvement in learning and skills and are produced in partnership with the Excellence Gateway, the Learning and Skills Improvement Service’s online service.

The 300th case study looks at Linkage College’s eco-friendly, touchscreen PCs, which have improved access to communication for learners while delivering cost benefits. It joins a bank of case studies which show how learning providers across England are making the most of new technologies to help curriculum design, management and delivery, as well as improve organisational quality, planning and performance. The case studies of good e-practice represent an invaluable pool of knowledge from within the FE and skills sector.

Available exclusively on the Excellence Gateway, the case studies explore good e-practice by FE, Sixth Form and specialist colleges, adult and community learning providers and work-based learning providers.

Over the past year alone, the good e-practice case studies section received 130,204 views, averaging approximately 10,000 views per month.

Visitors can browse the case studies to find those relevant to their area of interest or to the type of technology they wish to explore. Key topics covered to date include:

• virtual learning environments;

• Web 2.0 technologies;

• social networking;

• continuing professional development;

• successful models of staff development;

• collaboration between learning providers and employers; and

• accessibility and inclusion for learners with learning difficulties and/or disabilities.

One of the most popular case studies of 2010 features Croydon Adult Learning and Training, which made use of its Moodle virtual learning platform to work collaboratively with a range of organisations to provide new learning opportunities and to meet the needs of specific groups of learners.

Another case study features Abingdon and Witney College which used a social network to deliver part of its Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (DTTLS) teacher training qualification. Not only did this provide ITT students with first-hand experience of remote online collaboration, it also allowed them to evaluate the relevance and value of such teaching methods for eventual use with their own students.

Wendy Beckett is an IT Trainer and Developer at North Warwickshire & Hinckley College. Her role is to look at how technology can be incorporated into teaching and learning effectively. She says:

“I find the Excellence Gateway a valuable source of inspiration for teaching and learning. In particular, I found the information on the ‘busbi’ cameras very useful and was able to incorporate some of the innovative ideas when presenting to trainee teachers and existing practitioners. I have had one case study published on the Excellence Gateway and fully intend to complete another one to help others by sharing my exciting experiences.”

Angela Harvey, JISC RSC Services Co-ordinator, says:

“Reading, hearing or seeing how a colleague in another learning provider has used technology to good effect in their work, or how a learning provider has used technology on a wider scale to improve its effectiveness, can be enlightening.

“One of the roles of the RSCs is to help share the good practice around the country and these case studies are an excellent way to do that.”

Rob Wye, LSIS chief executive, adds:

“The good e-practice case studies section consistently appears in the top 10 most accessed content on the Excellence Gateway and we receive feedback from users on how useful they are for inspiring improvements in their day-to-day work. What is important is that most of the case studies offer supporting files and advice from the featured providers themselves, which will help anyone wishing to replicate the good practice.”

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Notes to editors:

Enquiries to:

Each RSC to include their details in here

To access:

• the 300th case study go to
http://www.excellencegateway.org.uk/310239

• the ‘Good e-practice case studies’ section is at:
http://www.excellencegateway.org.uk/casestudies

Most popular case studies of 2010:
South Birmingham College: Individual learning plans in Moodle

Abingdon and Witney College: Using a social network to deliver online collaboration to trainee teachers

• Croydon Adult Learning and Training: Using Moodle for collaboration across organisations to support and extend learning opportunitie

Oakwood Court College: Webcams and avatars enhance communication for students with severe learning disabilities

Kaplan Financial Ltd: Live Online on a computer screen near you

The case studies are identified and developed across the nine English regions by a JISC RSC Information Officer working in conjunction with JISC RSC e-Learning Advisors.

For more information on the Excellence Gateway good e-practice case studies – or if you think your institution has a good e-practice story to share, contact Angela Harvey, JISC RSC Services Co-ordinator, at info@jiscadvance.ac.uk

JISC Regional Support Centres

JISC Regional Support Centres (RSCs) are multi-disciplinary teams; based in lead institutions in various locations throughout the UK and support the building of e-learning capacity in their learning providers . RSC staff are primarily facilitators and knowledge brokers.

By working in partnership with other RSCs, the JISC wide community, with other national and regional agencies and partners, they are able to provide contextualised support and access to a wide range of services.

Visit www.jisc.ac.uk/rsccontacts

A report published in Autumn 2010, Regional Focus : UK Impact, outlines the significant impact the Regional Support Centers have had on the learning and skills sector over the last decade.

The Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS)

The Learning and Skills Improvement Service is the sector-owned body that aims to accelerate the drive for excellence in the learning and skills sector, building the sector’s own capacity to design, commission and deliver improvement and strategic change. For more information about LSIS programmes and services go to http://www.lsis.org.uk.

Excellence Gateway

The Excellence Gateway is the Learning and Skills Improvement Service’s online service for everyone who works in the further education and skills sector in England. It offers practitioners at all levels, tailored support and advice, easy access to high quality resources, the latest news and views from across the sector and opportunities to share good practice.

The portal provides the practical help needed to improve everyday work and innovate in teaching and learning by bringing together and showcasing a wide range of resources from over 50 education websites – including the Skills for Life Adult Core Curriculum, JISC TechDis accessibility materials and Ofsted’s Good Practice Database – and the site is constantly being updated to ensure it meets the diverse and ever changing needs of practitioners working across the sector.

Visit www.excellencegateway.org.uk