BLENDED LEARNING CONFERENCE

Digital Transformation and Innovation in Further Education

Breakout Sessions

Listed below are details for individual breakout sessions available for attendees to book on to, split over two time-slots after lunch. Sessions marked as 'repeated' will be delivered in both time-slots.

All sessions must be booked on Eventbrite using the links below. Places are limited so book early to ensure a place on your preferred sessions.

WORKSHOP 1 - BOOK YOUR SESSION WORKSHOP 2 - BOOK YOUR SESSION

14:00 - Workshop Session 1

Name Details
Canvas

How an open VLE supports constant innovation at Grimsby Institute

Choosing and using the right learning tool is the way to success. Canvas by Instructure simplifies teaching and elevates learning, and is open, intuitive, and born in the cloud. It streamlines digital tools and content that teachers and students love, for a simpler and more connected learning experience.

Tribal

The personalised Gen Z learner journey: app technology to enhance engagement and communication

Today's learners expect information on demand, at their fingertips. They want to keep a connection and sense of community, to feel part of something even if they're not in a class every day. How do we help our learners to stay connected with each other and with our staff, to get the support and encouragement they need, transition seamlessly from school, protect their mental wellbeing and make the most of their learning? This session will discuss how to use app technology to personalise your learner's journey, enhancing engagement and communication in a safe environment. Using Tribal's app technology and private social network you can strengthen study programmes, create opportunities for immediate and conversational communication, provide easy access to support services and much more, ultimately leading to an improved learner experience, better retention and raised outcomes. We will also explore how this technology can support apprenticeship provisions and how it can complement the 2019 EIF.

Click-view

Drive deeper student understanding through video with ClickView

How do we engage the YouTube generation? Educators now need to spark students' curiosity and turn passive viewing into active learning. Attend ClickView’s workshop designed to demonstrate the teaching and learning tools now at your fingertips. We will cover:

  • Educational use of Microsoft Teams and Office 365
  • Educational use of Google apps
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Educational opportunities with 5G
  • Augmented and virtual reality
  • Organisational digital strategy
  • Innovations in virtual learning environments
This workshop is suitable for anyone looking to effectively engage FE students, with resources that are easy to find and share.

Blackboard

VLE Accessibility Regulations

New VLE and website accessibility regulations arrived in Sept 2018 and every BLC member College will need to consider how they meet the standards by Sept 2019. Hear how you can reduce risk for your institution and improve the experience of your students whether they have visual impairment or not.

Smart Apprentices

Measure the impact through assessment

Join Smart Apprentices who will show you how to Measure the impact through assessment with their product, Smart VLE and the completely digital learning journey.

Milton Keynes College (repeated)

Active Digital Learning

This workshop demonstrates how you can incorporate digital activities into a lesson which could be delivered online or face to face. You will work in teams to discover how this can be done effectively, whilst developing your digital skills and producing your own visual notes from the session to take away.
Apple | Jigsaw

Core iOS: Why iPad in Further Education?

Further Education has a unique role to play in supporting learners who have chosen an alternative route to mainstream school-based education. Technology plays a key role in supporting these learners to open doors to new possibilities and remove barriers to learning. So why iPad? Hear about best-practice examples for supporting all learners in Further Education with Apple’s mobile technology.

This workshop is a hands-on workshop designed for:

  • School and college leaders
  • Those leading on digital strategy
In this workshop you will:
  • Explore built-in functionality of iPad
  • Explore the core tools of iPad and how they can support learning activities in Further Education
  • Discover how iPad can support differing learning needs
  • Consider how iPad could move learning forward in your institution
  • Consider your next steps to deploy technology in your school or college
This workshop is suitable for all, whether you have used an iPad before or not.

Texthelp

Building inclusion into the heart of your technology strategy

In this session we’ll be examining how best we can ensure inclusion forms a central part of any technology strategy. We’ll be exploring how we can better define inclusion and create an environment where every student thrives.

We’ll present a practical and achievable framework that when embedded in a technology strategy enables students to support their individual needs, challenges and strengths. Supported by best practice examples, we’ll examine the positive educational outcomes achievable by encouraging our learners to take charge, be reflective and manage their own learning journey. All by scaffolding the diversity of ways our students learn with technology.

Inclusion is not about special needs. It’s about everyone. Technology can and does enable inclusion for all, and in this session we’ll show you how.

Policy Connect

Inclusive Practice and Accessibility

As a rule of thumb, if an organisation is covered by EU procurement legislation it’s covered by the Web Accessibility Directive. In the UK, universities are generally taken to fall under the scope of EU procurement legislation; what this means in the context of Brexit is unclear.

Accenture

Skills to Succeed Online Training Programmes

Accenture have developed two free, interactive, online training programmes – the Skills to Succeed Academy and Digital Skills Programme – that help people build the skills and confidence they need to get a job or build a business.

The Skills to Succeed Academy is a relevant, realistic training that prepares learners for the entire journey of choosing the right career, finding a job and being successful in the workplace. There are 36 modules to pick and choose from which focus on the ‘how to’ of core employability skills and empower learners to take ownership of their job search. Innovative simulations provide a safe environment for learners to practice for real life situations, such as a job interview or the first day in a new job.

The Digital Skills Programme is a collaborative, peer-to-peer learning tool that builds the digital skills and confidence needed to stand out in today’s workplace. The interactive courses cover key digital skills from Social Media to Digital Marketing. There are bite-sized, animated videos presented by digital experts across all the courses as well as the innovative use of social media tools, supported by Accenture mentors, to facilitate peer-to-peer learning.

Education & Training Foundation

Building a Coherent Profession in Further Education

The Education and Training Foundation (ETF) has recently launched a free online training service, the Enhance Digital Teaching Platform, for teachers, trainers, instructors and assessors who want to develop their practice using technology. Vikki Liogier, Head of Learning Technologies at the ETF, will give an overview of the new service and how you can benefit.

City of Westminster College

New generation teaching and learning using Office 365

This workshop's title was inspired from one student's feedback using an anonymous survey. This workshop will explore the various tools within the Office 365 and you'll discover how you can reduce your workload and engage the learners at the same time.

Petroc

Google Forms are magic!

In this workshop, once you have escaped the haunted library, we will provide you with an overview of the basics of working with Google Forms which will include:

  • How to navigate the two parts of Google Forms: the form and its spreadsheet
  • Different types of question options: multiple choice, dropdowns, linear scale
  • How to create a graded assessment
  • How to use data validation and branching to create interactive learning activities.

Petroc

Creating VR learning content on a shoestring, hope and prayer!

This session will look at how VR and 360 content can be created for use in the FE College classroom, using the minimum materials, cost, time and technical skill!. Based on a current project, this session will explore how VR content has been created for use in the classroom. Discussion will include the challenges but also the rewards and learner feedback. During the session we will look at how the content has been created, the tools which have been used as well as others that have been excluded and why. This session will provide the opportunity to discuss content creation and share good practice. There will also be time to try some of the VR content created, just bring your heaphones and smartphone (with a QR scanner app).

E-subs (repeated)

eSubs, improving life for students and staff

eSubs is an innovative cloud-based solution that brings great benefits to the assessment process for BTEC, OCR and other vocational qualifications.

It avoids duplication of effort, removing the need to maintain a raft of spreadsheets and other tracking documents. It brings great gains in student engagement, efficiency and quality assurance. It can also feed achievement data into your existing MIS.

eSubs covers the complete process including: Creating assessment schedules; Marking with Office 365; Online internal verification; Target setting and grade calculation; Deadline tracking; Quality review.

Come to our workshop and see how eSubs can complement your blended learning strategy, improving life for students and staff at your college.

Pembrokeshire College

Successfully implmenting the Moodle Grade Tracker across College

The Moodle Grade Tracker (GT) and Learner Profile (LP) plugins were developed by Bedford College so are perfectly tailored to the needs of FE. The GT will model any qualification’s assessment profile, making it really easy for teachers etc., to record and track learner performance. Learners can check their performance any time which is good for their motivation and encouraging them to focus on achievement. Teaching teams can see ‘helicopter’ views of their learners’ progress across all elements of their programme.

The LP is a really flexible and configurable eILP that can incorporate any data from any source including the GT and includes a portal for parents. Reporting functionality is also very powerful.

These are open-source plugins so free to install. However, successful implementation requires senior managers to commit the resources and energy to drive cross-college adoption and invest in the necessary technical development and infrastructure.

We will be sharing our experiences of how we have approached this challenge:

  • Getting senior management commitment;
  • Putting in place the technical team to design and implement the GT and LP; and
  • Modelling all qualifications used in the College.
The GT and LP will be basis of all our learner analytics going forward.

Microsoft

Innovate with Microsoft Teams for Education

Microsoft Teams is the digital hub that brings conversations, content, assignments, and apps together in one place. Experience how academics like Dr. Kellermann have used Teams to increase student collaboration and create active student learning communities. You already own Microsoft Teams for Education as its free for all staff and students, if you don't already have access ask your IT department. For this workshop bring your laptop, tablet and smartphone with the Teams app installed - https://teams.microsoft.com/download

15:15 - Workshop Session 2

Name Details
Canvas

Introducing student success platform by Instructure: Portfolium

What’s new at Instructure in 2019? Get to know Portfolium, the student success platform that engages students’ in learning and supports success beyond the class.

By adding Portfolium to the Instructure family, together it helps people move from the classroom to the workplace. The student success platform helps students prove their skills and launch their careers while providing educators and employers with the tools they need to assess learning outcomes, build pathways, issue badges, and recruit talent.

Portfolium was created to connect learning with opportunity by enabling students to recognise, showcase, and articulate the skills and competencies they acquire along their academic journeys.

We'll be discussing Portfolium in greater detail and giving you first looks into how this helps students grow.

Join Instructure, the global leader in learning technology who simplifies teaching and elevates learning from the first day of school to the last day of work.

C-Learning / Google

Bringing BLC Content to the Classroom in the Cloud

The BLC G-Suite App enables anyone to access the Blended Learning Consortium modules in Google Classroom in a few clicks and a few seconds, transforming self directed learning. Attend this workshop to find out how easy it is to do.

Grimsby Institute

Preparing for Education 4.0

Education 4.0: A look at the opportunities and challenges for teaching and learning presented by fourth industrial revolution technologies like artificial intelligence and augmented reality.

Grimsby Institute

How to Create Super Staff: Maximising Staff Productivity

The Grimsby Institute demonstrate how they raised overall effectiveness and productivity across the organisation by upskilling staff in applications they use everyday – Word, PowerPoint, Excel with the Microsoft Certification Programme.

Pembrokeshire College

The Cognify App

The Cognify app is a UfI funded project that enables users to listen to documents read back to them (text to voice) and then add their dictated comments (voice to text). The original concept was to allow busy people the opportunity to listen and comment on documents whilst doing something else (gardening, cooking….). However, during initial trials, it became apparent that Cognify has potential as an assistive technology.

Cognify enables teachers to add question prompts to a document so that it pauses when a question is read out, waiting for the user to dictate their answer. Cognify also includes a multiple-choice type question, in which case the user say their option. Either the whole document or the answers to questions can be forwarded via email or just saved. Cognify is built on Google’s own technology so includes much of the typical text-to-voice functionality like speed and choice of voice. Cognify has been used for worksheets where some principles are narrated and then the learners answer questions related to the text.

There is a lot of assistive technology now available therefore we want to make sure Cognify satisfies a real need so we want workshop participants to be our critical friends.

HoW College

Digital Technologies in the Classroom

This workshop will be all about using digital technologies to engage students. It will showcase the work that we have been doing to create a more digital approach to teaching, learning and assessment. It will also be an opportunity to try out different educational technologies that can help students and teachers collaborate in different and exciting ways to break away from the norm. I also want this session to be a chance for attendees to share best practice so that we can all take something positive away with us to try or implement in our own settings. Please be prepared to bring ideas and thoughts with you so that we can help others to make a positive digital change!

Training Initiaitve/South Staffs

Using a blended learning approach to embed a mental health strategy

Embedding a mental health strategy within an organisation can be a challenge. During this session, Richard Whittingham, Head of Training at The Training Initiative will explore mental health training and discuss the importance of having a Mental Health strategy.

Strategy implementation starts with training and Richard will demonstrate how The Training Initiative has worked collaboratively with AR specialists Enlighten, to develop engaging and interactive mental health training sessions. These sessions develop learner understanding of mental ill health using face to face training sessions. More importantly they underpin a series of augmented reality posters which are designed to promote life-long learning and ongoing support and guidance once the training session has ended.

Staffordshire College will demonstrate not only how to take a blended approach to supporting staff and students but also the impact both face to face training and augmented reality can have on the learner experience.

Steve Wileman (Head of Digital) and Karen Walsgrove (Learner Support manager) for South Staffordshire College will explain the success this blended strategy has had at South Staffordshire College and evidence the impact statistics from the use of Augmented Reality in supporting those with mental ill health.

Milton Keynes College (repeat)

Active Digital Learning

This workshop demonstrates how you can incorporate digital activities into a lesson which could be delivered online or face to face. You will work in teams to discover how this can be done effectively, whilst developing your digital skills and producing your own visual notes from the session to take away.
Apple | Jigsaw

Access Abilities: Using Technology to Remove Barriers to Learning

Across the UK, 14% of pupils have some type of additional need. Technology can play a role in supporting these learners to open doors to new possibilities but also remove barriers for all learners. Hear about best-practice examples for supporting students with SEN, students with EAL and our most-able learners with mobile technology.

This workshop is a hands-on workshop designed for:

  • School and college leaders
  • SENCOs
  • EAL Coordinators
  • Inclusion and Safeguarding Managers
  • iPad Project Leads or equivalent
In this workshop you will:
  • Explore built-in accessibility features of iPad
  • Discover how iPad can support differing learning needs
  • Consider how iPad can support the structuring and scaffolding of learning
  • Discover ways to overcome barriers to learning with iPad
  • Consider your next steps to deploy technology in your school or college

Coleg Cambria / Google

Integration of cloud technology in the classroom

Coleg Cambria, in North East Wales, is one of the UK's largest colleges, with over 6,500 full-time and 15,000 part-time students. In 2012, the College purchased 30 Chromebooks. The College now has over 5,000 Chromebooks. This integration of cloud technology and portable devices in the classroom has been delivering the apps to engage and motivate learners. Learners are also developing the technical skills essential for the future.

Microsoft

Innovate with Microsoft Teams for Education

Microsoft Teams is the digital hub that brings conversations, content, assignments, and apps together in one place. Experience how academics like Dr. Kellermann have used Teams to increase student collaboration and create active student learning communities. You already own Microsoft Teams for Education as its free for all staff and students, if you don't already have access ask your IT department. For this workshop bring your laptop, tablet and smartphone with the Teams app installed - https://teams.microsoft.com/download

Microsoft

Microsoft 365 and the Inclusive Classroom

Empowerment begins with inclusion - For educators, diversity demands they provide inclusive, accessible learning environments that inspire confidence and encourage independence. Microsoft 365 is empowering all students to be independent learners by simplifying and personalising the learning experience is more than just adapting work for students. It is about students creating that experience for themselves. Whether they are in kindergarten or in high school, students can create an experience which promotes independence and engagement in learning.

Student Mentor Project

Reverse Coaching

Using student digital mentors to develop staff digital skills - Three college's share their experiences of taking part in the Strategic Development Network's OTLA project. The project explored the power of learner/teacher partnerships in improving staff skills and introducing new technology into the classroom. In this session, a number of participants will share their successes and challenges and we will discuss the impact of the project on future digital strategy.

Sparsholt College

The Use of Mahara For Work Experience Evidence

Mahara allows the use of multimedia to show what opportunities the student had during their placement. They can evaluate this experience and use this to feed forward to the next placement.

Mahara allows a coordinator to see the development of the portfolio and with the new timeline feature this can be captured.

If appropriate the portfolio can be shared with the employer to add comments on the student's performance, without the need of a login.

In this workshop I will show some examples of students' work as well as a short demonstration on how easy it is to build a portfolio. I will also discuss the use of templates and demonstrate how to push a template within a Group.

JISC

Digital Capabilities in a Virtual World

With the growing evidence of a digital skills gap, how are we supporting the development of staff and student's digital capabilities? It is crucially important that students are equipped for the world of work and the challenges of our rapidly developing technological world. This workshop will focus on practical approaches to help teachers and others to understand their own level of Digital Capability and how to ensure that they can develop an holistic approach to a digitally capable organisation. Using the example of the role of Augmented and Virtual Reality tools in education as an example of the potential disruption from emergent technologies, the workshop will use a number of interactive structures to engage participants in reflection on their practice and how to integrate these tools into the curriculum. We will explore the Jisc Digital Capabilities Discovery tool, and participants will work in groups to see how to develop relevant digital capabilities into their course, module or unit of learning. These will include a guide on digital learning activities and learning activity design cards. Please come equipped with a laptop, tablet or smartphone to enable you to access the Discovery tool.

E-subs (repeat)

eSubs, improving life for students and staff

eSubs is an innovative cloud-based solution that brings great benefits to the assessment process for BTEC, OCR and other vocational qualifications.

It avoids duplication of effort, removing the need to maintain a raft of spreadsheets and other tracking documents. It brings great gains in student engagement, efficiency and quality assurance. It can also feed achievement data into your existing MIS.

eSubs covers the complete process including: Creating assessment schedules; Marking with Office 365; Online internal verification; Target setting and grade calculation; Deadline tracking; Quality review.

Come to our workshop and see how eSubs can complement your blended learning strategy, improving life for students and staff at your college.

System Live

Lesson Observations, Schemes of Work and Staff Actions Software

System Live are a software house specialising in Quality Enhancement Software within the Further Education sector. Laurence has been involved with FE software for over 10 years having once been a developer for ProMonitor and ProAchieve at Compass.

This workshop provide a product demonstration of three of our web-based systems:

Observation Live - We have partnered with Wakefield College on a new Lesson Observation system catering for the needs of FE. Key features include the ability to set up different types of observation types from graded to non-graded to learning walks, fully configurable templates, offline mode for recording Observation when no internet access is available, create action plans for staff, sophisticated in built reporting.

Action Live - A system for creating and tracking actions for all staff within a college from senior managers to teachers. Fully configurable action templates for different types of actions, in built reporting, statistical analysis - have actions had a positive impact.

Planning Live - Our system for Schemes of Work and Lesson Planning. This system replaces a college’s traditional approach of teachers recording this information on Word documents. Therefore has all the benefits of being able to share, collaborate, standardise and report which a centralised system provides.