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As a Consortium, we are in a position to negotiate with companies and sponsors to obtain discounts and benefits for all Consortium colleges, all of which are outlined below along with relevant contact details and links if you wish to find out more.

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  • starArticulate Storyline
    Articulate Storyline 2

    We have secured a reduced purchase price for all Consortium members for Articulate Storyline 3 at a saving of up to 50% per license. Considered an industry standard tool for e-learning development. We recommend SL3 to all BLC members due to it's rich features and familiar interface. Contact us for more details:

    For advice on using Storyline visit the Articulate community:



  • starAppAtSchool
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    AppAtSchool is focussed on improving the learning experience for apprenticeship students. AppAtSchool enables the ‘Golden Triangle’. AppAtSchool supports a real-time, 3 way dialogue between the student, college, and work-place employer, delivering a blended learning infrastructure across a mobile environment. We are pleased to offer to all members of the Blended Learning Consortium (BLC-FE):

    • Free use of AppAtSchool software during pilots initiated before 30th Sept 2018 **
    • 50% discount on AppAtSchool software - offer until 30th Sept 2018

    Schools are facing big challenges. Competition between educational institutions has risen, both nationally and internationally. The pressures continue to mount, to show results in combination with budget cuts, under funding, rise of pupil numbers and inspection and performance measures. This reinforces the challenge to enable and empower students to co-design with teachers in a disciplined way how they learn and acquire knowledge. The potential for technology to support teachers working in conjunction with students is significant.

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    The digital revolution is reshaping the way we teach our students. Large numbers of students use their tablets or phones in everyday life, but the use of this equipment is not yet fully integrated into the educational system. Students today expect colleges to be able to incorporate advanced technology into their curriculum, but too many colleges still teach our students in classes and batches. For many years the educational system has been offering students one singular teaching methodology in a fixed timeline for all students. Transformation to a more mobile and student oriented digital education offers many possibilities.

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    With rising student expectations and demands, integrated and streamlined apps for mobile use can ensure a smoother, more cost efficient teaching process. Institutions need to invest in infrastructure, teaching and career support to attract students. AppAtSchool can help your institution transform to a new educational future. AppAtSchool organises customised flexible educational processes for teachers and students, based on modern digital technology. We build a strong business case for your college by using Apps in combination with an online platform.

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    AppAtSchool helps to identify how best to incorporate a global and future outlook into your current teaching strategies and brings a new educational delivery system to your institution. AppAtSchool takes education, vocation and location of your student out of the classroom. AppAtSchool supports the application, implementation and the service of mobile equipment and apps for educational purposes. AppAtSchool offers customer oriented, flexible educational processes supported by digital technology. Through using Apps in combination with an online environment we are able to transform education into an efficient and modern teaching method.

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    ** Support for pilots is subject to available resources.

  • starThe Association for Learning Technology
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    The Association for Learning Technology (ALT) is proud to offer members a 20% discount on Organisations Membership and a 20% reduction in registration fees for CMALT. To find out more about the benefits of ALT membership visit thier website.

    Click here for more information about the available offer:



  • starbulb
    bulb

    bulb is a beautiful, easy to use, web-based digital portfolio.

    bulb is where students and educators curate and create, share and showcase their excellence.

    bulb provides an innovative, easy and powerful ePortfolio environment to study, socialise and showcase student and educator academic achievements and brilliance.

    Please review this brief video for a quick overview:



    bulb is built for both the educator and the student. bulb users gather information, develop ideas and then share and showcase their work in a beautiful format. And, most importantly, bulb is uniquely designed so the user owns, creates, updates and continues to enhance their content for life no matter where their educational and occupational learning journey leads them.

    Students use bulb digital portfolios to document the learning process, reflect on past work, showcase final products, receive feedback, make adjustments and develop a healthy digital presence.

    Educators use bulb to model to their students the importance and practical application of a career digital portfolio. They do this by capturing their own goals, growth, continuing education and reflection, as well as designing lessons and assignments to deliver quality curriculum to their students.

    "Electronic portfolios are no longer just a good idea; they are an exceptional and a powerful element of college and career readiness"

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      As an academic tool:

    • bulb encourages collaboration – features allow students and teachers to easily interact with one another and effectively engage in a peer review process.
    • bulb emphasizes the documentation & refinement of process – learning is far more than just the final product; research shows that showing work and demonstrating the process of discovery is fundamental to knowledge acquisition.
    • bulb promotes formative assessment – educators can more easily identify their students’ strengths, abilities and passions. Differentiate students based on what they actually accomplish rather than just a test score or a GPA.
    • bulb develops healthy digital citizenshipbulb equips students to understand what is appropriate online and how to manage their online presence.
    • As software:

    • bulb is easy – we believe technology should make life better. Digital Portfolios ought to make the collection, curation and showcasing of knowledge simple. bulb lives by the 90/10 rule: 90% of your time should go to creating and showcasing ideas and 10% should go to getting to know the tool.
    • bulb is beautiful – a portfolio should be something to be proud of. bulb is meticulous about beautiful design and its purpose is to make ideas beautiful and compelling.
    • bulb is compatible – good tools should interact well with other education software. bulb connects easily with Google, Microsoft, Canvas, Blackboard, Schoology and many more essential education apps.
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      As a lifelong tool:

    • bulb is practical – your work, ideas, inventions and musings should be easy to create and always available to you for refinement, sharing and showcasing.
    • bulb is portable – learning and content creation should be possible anywhere. bulb is web-based, so it goes with you everywhere, on any device. Wherever you go, bulb is always with you.
    • bulb is private – your work should be protected. Only you should decide who sees your work and when they see it. If you want to make your work available to specific individuals or the general public you can; if you never want anyone to see it, that’s an option, too.
    • bulb is personal – your work should always be your own. No matter where you teach, where you learn, or what you do with the work you’ve created, it should be yours forever, to use however and whenever you wish.

    Buy bulbSchool for a special price as a BLC member

    • Up to 10,000 students & staff – Year ONE Active Host Model £1750
    • 10,001 to 20,000 students & staff – Year ONE Active Host Model £3000
    • Over 20,001 students & staff – Year ONE Active Host Model £5000

    The above special pricing models allow;
    - all staff & students to use bulb during the first year of usage
    - staff to benefit from free-of-charge online training at the time of deployment
    - only active users will be charged in years two and three

    Examples of Excellent Educator and Student bulb Portfolios:



    View this pdf for more information about bulb:



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    Email us for more information about bulb:



  • starCanvas
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    Canvas are proud to be the new sponsor of the BLC.

    Canvas is committed to the FE sector and strongly believes that a modern VLE is key to a successful blended learning approach.

    “Both organisations want to grow a community of users that can work together to share resources, best practice and use technology to engage their learners. We feel that Canvas is an ideal partner for the BLC, and look forward to a long and successful partnership,” said Peter Kilcoyne, BLC Manager.

    FE colleges that have moved to Canvas and are incorporating BLC content into their courses include: The Grimsby Institute, Salford City College, The Manchester College, Belfast Metropolitan College, Coleg Gwent, Gower College Swansea, South Essex College, Highbury College, Hull College and the Career Colleges Trust.

    To celebrate our sponsorship we are offering BLC members an introductory offer when signing up for Canvas between 1st August and 7th December 2018.

    Option 1

    Free Arc pilot for up to 400 users
    when purchasing Canvas


    Option 2

    15% off the Canvas Enhanced Implementation Package
    (applies to standard rate card pricing)


    To learn more about how Canvas can make teaching and learning easier for you, please email us:



    Visit our website:



    View this offer in pdf format:



  • starCengage Learning
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    The Blended Learning Consortium has negotiated a 40% discount on a range of textbooks and e-books published by Cengage, including books on Beauty, Hairdressing, Catering and Automotive. Visit the Cengage website for more information.

    Click here for more information about the available offer:



  • starCentury Intelligent Learning
    Century Intelligent Learning

    CENTURY is an adaptive learning platform that uses artificial intelligence, the power of big data analytics and insights drawn from cognitive neuroscience to improve learning outcomes for students. Visit thier website for more information.



    We want all colleges to benefit from the opportunities offered by CENTURY and are offering a 20% discount to members of the consortium. The discounted rate includes:

    • access to the platform's maths and English GCSE and Functional Skills content
    • access for all learners to their personalised recommended learning path
    • access for teachers to the content management system to create and upload your own content
    • access to the teacher dashboard, which provides data and insights into your students' learning
    • training on how best to use CENTURY

    Email CENTURY to learn more about the offer and to arrange a platform demonstration.



  • starClickView
    Century Intelligent Learning

    Why ClickView?

    Designed by educators, for educators

    As educators, we know that each student learns differently. We believe that video is the perfect way to engage with any student, despite differences in learning preferences. At ClickView, our goal is to give educators the best opportunity to create a rich learning experience through video education for students.

    Blended Learning Consortium offer: Ongoing 20% discount

    Educational videos and video resources

    FE curriculum aligned video libraries

    • Over 1,600 high quality, curriculum-aligned videos and complementary teaching resources for FE Colleges.
    • ClickView not only produces its own educational videos in our Melbourne studio, we also curate content from the world’s best educational providers.

    Ad-free television content

    • ClickView provides a growing repository of over 14,000 educational ad-free videos from Freeview TV.
    • Educators can also access and save recordings of any TV programme from the last four weeks, making sourcing TV content simple and seamless.

    Interactive videos

    • Educators can turn any video into an active learning experience by overlaying a set of questions onto the video timeline for students to answer, with the data reported on a dashboard, allowing educators to target their teaching.

    Custom content created by users

    • Users can upload their own content to share within their college, and access videos from other users and educational organisations on topics such as flipped learning and professional development.

    Giving you easy access to your ClickView content

    Online access

    • ClickView is run on any internet browser or mobile device and allows users to quickly and easily download content to watch offline.

    Hybrid system

    • FE Colleges have the option to store videos on-site at the college, which allows for faster streaming and less bandwidth usage.

    Integrations

    • ClickView integrates with Single Sign On technologies allowing all students and staff to access ClickView with their usual college login credentials.
    • ClickView has plugins or connections to Virtual Learning Environments, which allow educators to easily and seamlessly add videos to online assignments.
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    Email James Biddle at ClickView for enquiries:



  • starD2L | Brightspace
    D2L-Brightspace

    It’s an exciting and challenging time for Further Education as the spotlight falls on the sector to train the next generation of employees. Technology is helping Further Education Institutions to attract more students, diversify incomes and improve business efficiencies through the provision of flexible online offerings and a more personalised learning paths experience.

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    About Brightspace

    Brightspace is a cloud-based learning platform that makes online and blended learning easy, flexible, and smart. Brightspace is not like a traditional Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) – it is easy to drag-and-drop content to create engaging courses, better uptime, supports all mobile devices, and is accessible for all learners. Plus, Brightspace enables the future of learning with a gaming engine, adaptive learning, video management, intelligent agents, course interactives, full support for outcomes or competency-based learning, and world-leading learning analytics.

    About D2L

    D2L believes learning is the foundation upon which all progress and achievement rests. Working closely with clients, D2L has transformed the way millions of people learn online or in the classroom. Learn more about D2L for schools, higher education and further education at www.D2L.com.

    Click here to learn more about this exclusive offer:



    Email Callum-Howat Tracy at D2L for more information:



  • starDigiExam
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    DigiExam enables students to write high-stakes exams on their own digital device in a secure and reliable environment.

    Students who use DigiExam are empowered to construct higher quality answers with increased efficiency and have confidence that our local client technology will continue to provide full functionality with no loss of data if internet connection is lost.

    Through a comprehensive set of tools, teachers can create and grade exams efficiently while providing timely feedback to students on their written and multiple choice responses.

    DigiExam currently serves over 1,000 universities and schools in 50+ countries and are the proud winners of the 2017 BETT Award for 'Higher Education /Further Education - Digital Services'.

    As part of our new partnership with the Blended Learning Consortium we are delighted to offer members two choices of discounted service to best meet your needs:

    1. Discounted rate of £5 per FE student, per year for any number of licenses (ongoing offer representing 25% discount)

    or:

    2. £900 for unlimited student licenses until the end of December 2017 if purchased by the end of June 2017

    Both offers include unlimited access to DigiExam for students and their teachers giving them the ability to sit or create as many exam papers as they need.

    Contact Dave Millichap - Business Development Manager (UK):



    t: 07786385391

    Try DigiExam for free:



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  • starDolphin Computer Access
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    At Dolphin we believe that all students should be able to access learning materials independently, whatever their level of sight. We design and develop software from the ground up to help people who are blind, visually impaired, or dyslexic achieve that.

    We’re pleased to offer BLC members 20% discount on our SuperNova and EasyConverter software solutions - quote ref BLC20DISCOUNT

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    With SuperNova on a laptop, desktop or tablet, students can magnify and enlarge text and images up to 64 times, change colour schemes and settings to suit their own individual visual needs, browse websites and add optional speech and braille. The inbuilt Connect & View feature enables them to connect wirelessly to the classroom whiteboard and magnify the content on their own device, as well as plug in a USB camera to view handouts and printed material in the same way as using a video magnifier.

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    EasyConverter enables teachers and library staff to quickly and easily convert inaccessible text into large print, audio or braille output, allowing the student to study alongside sighted peers or in their own time.

    Input documents in Word, PDF, text, html and many other file formats, or scan paper documents and take advantage of the inbuilt OCR (Optical Character Recognition).

    All Dolphin products are available as a FREE 30 day trial with FREE UK technical support by telephone or email.

    If you prefer to discuss your options over the phone, call us on 01905 754577. Ask us about flexible licencing options to suit your college.

    Ready to buy?

    Purchase online through our website or call us on 01905 754577 – don’t forget discount code BLC20DISCOUNT for 20% off.

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  • starEduCare
    EduCare

    Safeguarding and Duty of Care service for your staff

    EduCare provides a complete online training package for induction and refresher CPD training for Colleges and University staff called EduCare for Education – Colleges and Universities®.

    The package includes a wide range of courses to help staff safeguard students, such as ‘Safeguarding Young People’, ‘The Prevent duty’ and ‘Mental Wellbeing’, as well as courses on GDPR, Equality and Diversity and Health & Safety for staff inductions.

    The package includes a robust reporting suite that enables colleges to evidence safeguarding training has taken place in accordance with statutory obligations as well as manage all staff learning and progress.

    Blended Learning Consortium members qualify for a 20% discount off the entire service.

    Blended learning resources for your students

    EduCare also work with colleges to provide their students with direct access to CPD certified training resources. These resources provide evidence for course portfolios, enhance their study programmes and get them placement ready for subjects such as Health and Social Care, Early Years and Childhood, Sport, and Hospitality & Catering.

    By mapping our courses to curricula, students have been able to practice real blended learning by completing courses as part of organised group sessions or in their own time.

    Find out how Solihull College and University Centre train both staff and students in this video:

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    Please contact us with any enquiries:



  • starElli
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    ASSESSES LEARNING POWER
    Defines the Learner's Journey

    ELLI, product of research at the Graduate School of Education, University of Bristol, has been validated among more than 100,000 students and others seeking to change their life choices. It does not ‘pigeon-hole’ as the psychometric tools traditionally do but ELLI’s 7 dimensions direct and monitor the learner’s journey over time.

    Learning interventions and methods appropriate to this student learner

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    Staff competition EXCLUSIVE to BLC faculty:



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    For more informatio contact Dr Juliet Williams CBE:
    t: (+44) 7831 097946



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  • starEnlighten
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    Enlighten are an award-winning eLearning solutions team who have over 40 years of experience in the education sector with branches across the Midlands. We work with you to determine which eLearning solutions will best meet your specific vision and offer a complete service, including auditing, course writing, face to face training, bespoke and off the shelf online packages, eLearning implementation plans, seminars and AR/VR services.

    Enlighten are offering special AR/VR related discounts for BLC colleges.

    We provide a wide range of virtual & augmented reality training solutions including:

    • Our award winning interactive 3D AR/VR Virtual construction site
    • Zappar - Augmented Reality Platform
    • Virtual Reality solutions

    Read more about this offer:



    Or contact Steve Wileman for more information:



  • starForSkills
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    ForSkills is the UK’s leading e-learning provider for English, maths and ICT assessments and learning resources for post-16 education and e-portfolios.

    Blended Learning consortium members are entitled to 20% off any of our products. To access a FREE trial first, please email our sales team:



    To speak with a member of our team, call 01623 709818 or talk to us via live chat:



    Our specialist knowledge and innovative approach set us apart from our competitors. These qualities ensure that we are frequently chosen to help educationalists and companies to deliver a wide range of learning projects which place learners at the heart of our technology.

    Our Products

    SkillsBuilder – the industry-leading suite of assessments and resources. SkillsBuilder is our unique suite of initial and diagnostic assessments and learning resources in Functional Skills English, maths and ICT, and GCSE English and maths. Both programmes are in line with the appropriate national standards allowing for simple and efficient tracking. Our packages also include assessments in ESOL , learning styles, PLTS and mechanical comprehension .

    SkillsPortfolio - Unlike anything you have used before, SkillsPortfolio is a user-friendly and comprehensive cloud-based e-portfolio system that has the capacity to upload and store your organisation’s QCF qualifications/standards. It guides your centres through the assessment framework, reducing the cost of qualification delivery and, most importantly, engaging your learners.

    No more dull paperwork or filing. With SkillsPortfolio you can upload photos and videos, record discussions and collect observations as evidence for the full qualification spectrum.

    SkillsPortfolio includes our unique sampling plans that allow plan periods to be set in advance, capturing all appropriate evidence types within a qualification unit. In addition, links allow evidence to be viewed for every learner and then selected as needed. The sampling plan overview clearly shows the number of pieces of evidence sampled and those yet to be sampled.

    SkillsPortfolio seamlessly integrates with SkillsBuilder, so Functional Skills progression can be automatically tracked through the portfolio. It is the first choice for hundreds of colleges, training providers and councils, and is fully prepped for the new standards.

    Our ForSkillsGo app offers full offline access to the Portfolio including the ability to capture live signatures. The app also includes free access to ForSkills’ ground-breaking video resources.

  • starEnlighten
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    Enlighten are an award-winning eLearning solutions team who have over 40 years of experience in the education sector with branches across the Midlands. We work with you to determine which eLearning solutions will best meet your specific vision and offer a complete service, including auditing, course writing, face to face training, bespoke and off the shelf online packages, eLearning implementation plans, seminars and AR/VR services.

    Enlighten are offering special AR/VR related discounts for BLC colleges.

    We provide a wide range of virtual & augmented reality training solutions including:

    • Our award winning interactive 3D AR/VR Virtual construction site
    • Zappar - Augmented Reality Platform
    • Virtual Reality solutions

    Read more about this offer:



    Or contact Steve Wileman for more information:



  • starGlobal Vocational Skills
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    Global Vocational Skills is a UK based company specializing in digital learning, with thousands of users globally.

    Our content, i-GVS, is designed to help improve delivery of vocational skills based training.

    This is delivered by own cloud based platform, GVS PiLOT, which provides access to individually tailored metrics and reports, and integrates seamlessly with your VLE.

    BLC members special offer

    BLC members will get a special price with a 50% discount for 20-30 learning hours of your selected content for each i-GVS product.

    The i-GVS products are in the following areas:

    • Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Level 2
    • Food and Beverage Service Level 2
    • Food Production and Cooking Level 2
    • Health and Social Care (Adults) Level 3
    • Hairdressing Level 3
    • Business Administration Level 2
    • Plumbing and Heating Level 2
    • Carpentry and Joinery Level 2
    • Painting and Decorating Level 2
    • Electrical Installation Level 2
    • Bricklaying Level 2
    • Customer Service Level 3

    With this bundle, you get the following benefits:

    • Free access to delivery platform GVS PiLOT which provides reports, analytics and metrics of user activity
    • Free access to the Content Management System (CMS) – a customisation tool that allows to add or edit products content
    • Sample Schemes of Work for each unit/topic
    • Downloadable tutor support materials
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    Please contact us for more information:



    t: +44(0)203 865 0401

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  • starHypersay
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    If you use PowerPoint or Google Slides presentations in your classroom and allow students to use their laptops, HYPERSAY can turn them into an interactive dialogue with your students.

    The key features of Hypersay are:

    • Students cannot hide behind their computer screens. The Participant Bar allows both teachers and students to immediately see when someone has left the presentation.
    • Gives each student an equal voice when students use the Question Wall. Teachers can dedicate time during the lesson to answer the most popular or interesting questions.
    • Keeps students engaged with interactivity through quizzes, polls, videos and/or links. This can be done prior to the lesson or immediately on the spot.
    • Encourages independent thinking when Teachers ask difficult open ended questions. Teachers can see each keystroke as the students respond. Afterwards the teacher can share (or not share) some responses with all students for further discussion.
    • Allows students to take notes on each slide.
    • Gives each student their own dashboard to revisit the presentation. No further need to send the presentation to a student.
    • Allows teachers immediate feedback with the feedback form on every presentation.

    As part of our new partnership with Blended Learning, Hypersay will be offering 50% discounts to Blended Learning Consortium members who purchase Hypersay before Jan 1st, 2019. We also offer free training and comprehensive support.

    Pay £500 (after 50% discount) per school, per year

    or

    Pay £5 (after 50% discount) per student per year

    Try Hypersay for free today in your classroom. Just register and convert your presentation into an interactive dialogue.

    To book a demonstration contact Brian Daly:



    Visit our website for more information:



  • staritslearning
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    Collaborating tutors and students through a 360º transparent learning platform. Itslearning have what it takes to revolutionise learning outcomes, to improve social learning, communications and peer assessment. It is an intuitive, modern learning platform that is accessible anytime, anywhere.
    We are offering special discounts for colleges who are members of Blended Learning Consortium. Whether you are an individual college or groups of colleges, our cost-effective packages allow you to benefit from economies of scale.

    The discount on license price is as follows:

    • Individual college - 20%
    • 2-4 colleges - 30% (minimum of 5,000 users)
    • 5 colleges** or more - 50% (minimum of 15,000 users)

    Be part of this exclusive offer | Be part of the itslearning world

    Click here for more information about the available offer:



    Email Kate Kendall directly for more information:



  • starLumici Slate
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    Lumici Slate is a brand new cloud based platform with no maintenance, no managed hosting, no administration required. Members of the consortium can get a 20% discount on the annual subscription of Lumici Slate – that’s just £1995 per year.



    Click here for more information about the Lumici Slate platform:



  • starMicrolearn
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    MicroLearn is pleased to announce a new partnership with the Blended Learning Consortium.

    At MicroLearn, we do things a bit differently because we know learning is personal. That’s why we develop our cost-effective, off-the-shelf learning resources to suit your organisation. We all learn differently, so why should all learning be the same?

    Take a look at how our engaging resources perfectly coincide with the Customer Service Practitioner Apprenticeship:



    To create truly effective and engaging content, we decided that we needed to take a fresh approach to learning development. With this ethos, we have designed a catalogue of resources which can be tailored to the learning needs of your organisation. Whether you need a compact learning module, or only have time for a 2 minute video, you’ll find the resources right for you.

    We are happy to offer all Consortium members a price of £2500 for our entire ever-growing range! Take a look at our catalogue here:



    Why not try some of our resources for FREE yourself?



    For more information, you can visit our website or contact us directly:



    Alternatively, they can be contacted directly for further details about their training solutions:



  • starMindful Education
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    Mindful Education specialise in creating media-rich professional courses & apprenticeships.

    In partnership with colleges across the UK, we design courses that are highly flexible, allowing students to choose how, when and where they want to study.

    Our courses are bursting with high-quality media and digital content for learners; from animations and film, to case studies and online exercises, with a bespoke virtual learning environment for every course we make.

    Our professional courses & apprenticeships include areas such as accounting, law, management and HR.

    BLC Members: Special Offer
    Partnering with Mindful Education provides Consortium members with an additional £1,000 marketing budget for colleges that choose Mindful Education for any of their professional courses & apprenticeships offer.

    To access the special offer for Consortium members, please click here:



    You can learn more about how colleges work with Mindful Education to provide greater flexibility to students by watching a 3 minute case study with one of their partners below:



    Equally, please visit their website for more details:



  • starmyday
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    The Blended Learning Consortium (BLC) was established to facilitate and empower colleges to benefit from the creation and sharing of FE specific resources so that they can meet the FELTAG agenda criteria.

    myday is a revolutionary portal and mobile app used by forward thinking colleges across the UK. Our vision is to equip ambitious educational organisations with an integrated Digital Campus gateway that delivers the ultimate online experience, leading to increased recruitment, participation and satisfaction.

    myday helps colleges align with the FELTAG agenda by providing access to all the digital resources students require for their academic day, all in one easy to access place with everything at their fingertips.

    To read about our current offer and pricing, open the following document:



    To learn more about how myday can help you with your FELTAG agenda, please email Adam at Collabco:



    To see how one college have implemented myday and are using it on a daily basis, take a look at this short



    Or visit our website to find out more:



  • starNavigate
    navigate

    As the market-leading Work-Related Learning Platform, Navigate supports every aspect of the Study Programme learner journey. What’s more, it provides colleges with all the evidence they need to satisfy inspection of employability skills, work experience and employer engagement.

    Navigate is designed to:

    Assess employability skills:

    • Engaging online initial diagnostic and distance travelled assessments
    • Bespoke assessments to match college employability frameworks
    • Cohort starting point and distance travelled reports
    • National benchmarking reports

    Evidence Work-Related Learning:

    • ‘Off the shelf’ online learning content
    • Bespoke learning content to match college programmes
    • Evidencing learning through an innovative online portfolio, allowing learners to upload photos, videos and documents
    • Motivating completion of employability activity through instant certification

    Track work experience:

    • Tracking every learner’s work placement preparation
    • Collating all work experience documentation in a single online space
    • Capturing placement activity through online journals, that include photo and video
    • Evidencing learner performance through online employer feedback

    Encouraging engagement:

    • Smartphone-friendly
    • Links directly to leading eILP’s
    • Full engagement reporting
    • High quality training and dedicated customer support

    We’d be happy to show you how Navigate can drive up Work-Related Learning in your college, and drive down all of your associated costs. Simply contact us to book a chat:



    Alternatively, phone Chris on: (01634) 729 818

    In addition, we are pleased to offer members of the Blended Learning Consortium a 25% discount on all learner licenses for Navigate.



  • starNCFE
    BESTest

    BESTest Employability Diagnostic

    BESTest is an employability skills diagnostic assessment tool developed by NCFE in partnership with Reed, the employment specialists, and provides an objective and accurate assessment of a learners' work readiness. It has been designed to help providers:

    • identify and agree learners' baseline strengths and weaknesses
    • design tailored, and personal learning plans based upon those strengths and weaknesses
    • assess suitability
    • accurately track and measure distance travelled

    This psychometric assessment quickly, accurately and objectively measures your learners' employability skills. It is taken online and can be completed in just 10 minutes. As well as an overall score, each learner receives a set of ten underlying scores that relate to the important employability skills indicators such as; interview techniques and job search skills, and to vital personal qualities such as; motivation and sociability, that make all the difference with employers. BESTest is hosted by ForSkills, one of the leading online providers for English and maths assessments and learning resources for post-16 education and e-portfolios.

    Blended learning consortium members are able to access a discount of up to a 20% discount on all learner licences up to a value of £1,000.



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    NCFE Blended Learning Programmes Supporting Employability

    NCFE recognise that employability skills delivery within a study programme poses various challenges to providers, including; tutor time, staying abreast of the latest workplace and recruitment practices, interpretation of labour market intelligence and the pressure to use innovative and absorbing learning materials.

    In conjunction with REED, NCFE has developed three blended learning programmes, providing both tutors and learners with an interactive delivery and engaging learning experience. All three programmes come with an interactive tutor interface and a range of embedded resources such as videos, games and assessment activities. They have been designed to provide a solution to the employability learning requirements within study programmes.

    Each programme:

    • is held on a moodle platform and contains a bespoke tutor delivery interface
    • contains a scheme of work, session plans, tutor notes and learner led activities
    • contains access to online interactive resources including learning games, advice and guidance, videos, and PDF workbooks
    • includes a range of online and classroom based extension resources
    • has differentiated assessment challenge at Levels 1 – 3

    The programmes are:

    1. Study Programme Enrichment
    During this programme learners will understand themselves, the working world around them and develop the skills needed to progress into their chosen route.

    2. Progression to work experience Yr1 and Yr2
    During this programme learners are able to build skills and confidence to secure and succeed in their own work experience placement.

    3. Progression to Apprenticeships
    During this programme learners will be able to apply their knowledge and skills and increase their chances of obtaining a valuable apprenticeship programme.

    Customers who purchase all programmes will automatically receive a discount of 10%. Blended learning consortium members can access an additional discount of up to a 20%.

    Make an enquiry

    Please email us if you are interested in finding out more information about either BESTest or the Blended Learning Programmes:




    iObserve

    iObserve - The Ultimate Observation Tool

    An exclusive 20% discount brought to you by NCFE. NCFE iObserve is a new observation tool that enables you to save valuable time and reduce paperwork by having an electronic record of all of your observations.

    NCFE iObserve is accessible on both Apple and Android devices and allows you to:

    • record observations using either audio or video
    • time stamp criteria
    • give instant feedback
    • upload and review recordings
    • create a signed declaration

    With the potential to save you hours of work, NCFE iObserve has been designed to ensure you can process your marking and graded observations with ease and efficiency. All of this data is stored on your device and can be easily exported to a computer. You can also review all of your saved work on your device and even jump back to the time points within recordings. A list of the course requirements met and their times is also shown along with the signatures and dates.

    NCFE iObserve is available at a reduced rate of £38.40 for a 12 month tablet subscription or £399.99 for a desktop subscription for all Blended Learning Consortium members.

    Click here to apply your discount code and to purchase this product.



  • starOvert
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    Blended Learning Consortium ‘Autumn Term’ savings from Overt Software

    We are based in the UK and provide solutions to businesses and educational institutions all over the world. Overt Software has harnessed the power of open source software and has developed a range of Software as a Service (SaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) packages.

    With our ethos of “exceptional service and honest expert advice”, being at the heart of everything we do, we are happy to give a 20% discount for Consortium Members for the first year (new customers to Overt Software only).

    Hosted Moodle Solution

    Our hosted servers are backed up by our complete range of server support activities. This package gives you a worry-free hosted solution, ideal for ensuring the smooth running of your applications. We give you a truly excellent solution for a busy institutional environment.

    Mahara Cloud e-Portfolio

    We can integrate your Mahara e-Portfolio with Moodle to take advantage of Moodle’s tracking, reporting and grading functionality. We create true single-sign-on between both Mahara and Moodle systems.

    Shibboleth Cloud Single Sign-On

    We understand that managing hundreds of user accounts that access online resources only adds to the daily load within the LRC & IT Departments. With Overt’s Shibboleth single sign-on solution, staff & learners are able to access online resources 24/7, 365 days a year.

    Shibboleth Azure AD/ADFS Authentication Module (SAAM)

    With more and more organisations utilising the power of Azure/Office 365 and ADFS a new problem has emerged. Users are now needing to sign on to multiple SSO systems (Azure AD/ADFS and Shibboleth) negating the benefits that SSO brings. That is why we have developed SAAM, as this bridges the authentication between the multiple SSO systems allowing users to simultaneously sign on to Azure AD/ADFS as well as Shibboleth (or another SSO system). This means that the user only needs 1 login to access all of their resources - bringing back true SSO.

    LIMITED TIME OFFER:

    We are providing free Cloud IdP when you purchase our SAAM products. Please go to the samlservices website for more information:



    If you are interested in any of our packages and want to take advantage of our Blended Learning Consortium discounts, please feel free to contact our sales team:



    Alternatively, contact Graham Mason for more information:

    t: 07817 933 669



  • starQuiss
    Quiss

    No-one understands the importance of every learner having access to appropriate, reliable technology, better than those, like us, who work with it on a daily basis.

    Technology and its importance in the world will only increase and we work with colleges and schools to ensure every learner can interact with technology that not only helps them learn, but inspires their future life choices.

    We offer a free comprehensive technology audit, assessing your network and technology environment, with a discussion of how you currently use technology and what you hope to achieve in the future.

    To read more about how we can help your staff and learners get more out of your technology investment then visit the links below:

    Cyber security offer:



    Discounted products offer:



    Education brochure:



    On premises Vs Cloud offer:



    Email us for enquiries:



    Visit our website for more information:



  • starPlanet eStream
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    Planet eStream is a Unified Video Platform for education and is the platform of choice for over half of all UK Further Education establishments.

    Planet eStream enables organisations to create, brand, theme and manage their own secure media library and distribute and share that content on demand, via their VLE/LMS, websites, PCs, mobile devices and digital signage displays.

    In addition to their media library, the diverse and streamlined toolset available within Planet eStream enables colleges to deliver live streaming, digital signage, interactive learning, lesson and lecture capture, TV and radio recording and direct access to an archive of 1.7 million TV and radio programmes including the BBC Digital Archive.

    Offering a comprehensive resource for creating, managing and securely delivering media from one central platform, Planet eStream reduces workload, offers excellent value and, most importantly, delivers benefits and improved outcomes for students, educators, learning resources staff and the IT team.

    Your Planet eStream media library can also be accessed from within a range of learning platforms, including Canvas, D2L Brightspace, Blackboard, Moodle, SharePoint and more by using our bespoke plugins, enabling you to browse, upload and embed video content easily.

    A wide range of authentication methods are offered as standard to support SSO, and the granular admin console enables you to configure your platform to your exact requirements, maintaining full control over who has access to your media assets.

    To discover more about what Planet eStream can offer your college, view product videos, read about benefits of Planet eStream or book a demonstration, please visit our website:



    Read how Planet eStream is a “Cornerstone of Online Delivery Strategy” for Berkshire College of Agriculture:



    Read how Planet eStream has “Helped Kirklees College Meet Feltag Recommendations”:



    Planet eStream Special Offer for BLC Members

    20% off an ‘All Features’ year one cloud platform or locally installed subscription price for all new annual subscriptions purchased*

    20% off an ‘All Features’ year one cloud platform subscription price for all current Planet eStream perpetual licence holders choosing to migrate from an on premise model to our cloud platform*

    *Not applicable if procurement is via a competitive tender process.

    Contact Matthew Hastings for more information:



  • starThe Skills Network
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    The Skills Network allows learners to undertake their study in an exciting and interactive e-learning environment. The system not only supports learners’ development, but also includes tutor access and intelligent data management tools which cover all aspects of blended and distance learning delivery.

    For members who want to come on board with The Skills Network, if they commit to learning resources for an initial 50 learners with us, we will build them a fully branded tenancy of our online platform for free (RRP is ordinarily £1,000), plus we will charge just £20 per learner (RRP is usually £30).

    This makes the total cost just £1,000 instead of £2,500 RRP.

    Click here for more information about the offer:



    Visit our website for more information:



  • starSpiral
    spiral

    Spiral.ac is a classroom learning platform which:

    • Handles answers from every student for every question
    • Records teacher feedback
    • Invites students to improve their original answers
    • Breaks questions into visual and text-based steps
    • Makes presentations and video interactive
    • Tracks individual contributions to group presentations

    We're the fastest way to carry out formative assessment, simple to use and beautiful to look at. The Institute of Education helped with the pedagogy, we are based in the UK and have 30,000 teachers signed up worldwide.

    BLC members benefit from 20% off college plans (the full price is $2 per student). This includes:

    • Admin, teacher and student dashboards with unlimited use of the apps
    • Training from a Spiral trainer and access to how-to videos (see link below)
    • Full LMS integration for flipped learning and single sign-on
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    Take it for a spin at spiral.ac:



    Alternatively, contact Ben at Spiral with any questions:



    How-to videos:



  • starThink Smart
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    “Inspectors will consider the extent to which learners receive thorough and impartial careers guidance to enable them to make informed choices about their current learning and future career plans” OFSTED Further Education and Skills Handbook

    Think Smart helps your current and prospective students discover the right career path for them, and guides them towards the appropriate courses, vacancies and apprenticeships to achieve their ambitions.

    Here is a demo video:



    We interview professionals across a wide range of industries about their jobs, and use this to develop real-world problem-solving scenarios that your students can try out to get an understanding of what different career paths involve. Our adaptive algorithms track the topics and activities they enjoy in order to guide them towards appropriate career choices.

    We offer:

    • Hundreds of problem-solving scenarios across >35 industries and constantly growing content
    • The ability to rapidly build new content according to you + your local economy’s needs
    • A word bank for students to add definitions of difficult jargon
    • Guidance for prospective students towards appropriate courses and/or job vacancies
    • Comprehensive analytics platform to measure progress throughout their student journey
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    We are delighted to offer a 20% discount on licenses to BLC members. Please contact us for details and to arrange a demo:

    Email:



    Tel: 07492393793

    Visit our website for more information:



  • starUnio by Harness
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    Unio is a cloud-based learning platform that increases student participation and engagement. It enables teachers to:

    • Create interactive lessons that include quizzes, polls, audio and video
    • Display lessons on student devices through a browser
    • Use the class overview to track student progress in real time
    • Assign students to work in groups and collaborate on activities

    Unio's unique shared screens enables the teacher to easily share lessons and assessments with students and allows for real time two-way communication whether inside or outside the classroom.

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    The class overview gives teacher a real time overview of how every student is progressing through the lesson making it easy to identify students who need additional support.

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    Students can access all of the lesson material remotely so Unio is idea for encouraging independent learning.

    Watch James Kieft's guide on how to use Unio:



    BLC members benefit from a discounted rate of £2 per student per year for any number of licences plus free in school training for all staff.

    Harness is ranked as one of the top 50 global Education companies by Tyton Partners and is the European winner of the Global EdTech Startup Awards . Unio is certified by Finland’s Kokoa Standard

    To find out more, visit our website:



    If you have any questions, contact Nihal Salah:



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  • starVirtual College
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    Virtual College is one of the UK’s leading providers of online learning, amassing over 2 million learners in their 21 years of experience in the field. Recently chosen as the ‘learning technologies supplier of the year’, Virtual College has been widely recognised for the way its training positively impacts individuals, teams and organisations.

    Partnering with Virtual College provides Consortium members with a 20% discount off any initial orders with the company, as well as the following benefits:

    • free access to the Career VOOCs, short online course that introduce learners to careers within a specific vocational sector
    • unlimited access to the Employability suite of courses hosted on Virtual College’s Learning Management System for the reduced price of £1000 per college
    • a free learning technology consultancy session with one of the company’s education e-learning consultants who can discuss how Virtual College content can help meet student training requirements
    • access to the Ofsted Common Inspection Framework self-assessment template within our online Audit Tool free for 1 year.

    For full information on how Virtual College can satisfy your training requirements, visit their company website:



    Alternatively, they can be contacted directly for further details about their training solutions: