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High quality blended learning for further education and the skills sector

About the Consortium


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Heart of Worcestershire College has delivered a successful blended learning curriculum for over 7 years. One of the main challenges to this has been the sourcing of good quality learning resources specifically developed for the Further Education (FE) sector. From experience, we have found that the most effective way to create appropriate resources is through a co-development process where the costs and expertise are shared across the partnership.

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The Blended Learning Consortium has been set up to support colleges in moving forward to meet accredited guidelines and allow members to benefit from the creation and sharing of FE specific resources. With this in mind, Heart of Worcestershire College would like to invite your college to join the Blended Learning Consortium. Kindly supported and sponsored by Blackboard and ClickView, the Consortium currently produces a wide range of learning content spanning differing learning levels and subject areas.


Fun Facts...

152
Members
75
Subject areas
2200
Resources

We have released over 1,800 hours of blended learning resources that are being widely used within further education. These resources are available to all members at a huge cost-saving through an attractive low anual membership fee. See below for details.

An Overview


How it works

  • Annual membership fee of £5K
  • Democratic voting process to determine which subject areas are developed
  • Money used to pay member colleges to write and develop learning objects
  • Content is created to agreed specifications and standards
  • Members have access to source files to adapt and re-brand the learning resources
  • Members have their own control over any annually paid-up resources
  • New members can back pay for previous years content
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Benefits to members

  • Access to high quality content developed by the Consortium
  • Efficiency savings through shared development costs
  • Money would be redistributed through member colleges to develop resources
  • Development of in-house skills in writing, editing and developing content
  • Support and training from the experienced content development team at Heart of Worcestershire College
  • Discounted software from partners and sponsors
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BLC Members VLE

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Note: A member account is required to access all the content.

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About Us

The Blend


Skills

Having awesome skills isn't easy but we make it look that way! Our resources are the envy of many.

Coffee

Our award-winning team follow best-practice guidelines during lockdown periods by drinking the best coffee from around the world.

Design

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Behold... our shizzle! Now do you understand why we're awesome?

Meet the Team


Since launching the BLC we have hand-picked a creative and dedicated team to help us grow into the close-knit and productive unit we are today. Coffee keeps us running, gin keeps us sane and our pets keep us laughing, while a love of instructional design means we can keep supplying the best possible blended learning resources to our members.

Amy Hollier
Head of Online & Blended Learning

Oracle, tech goddess and all-round good egg. Since joining the team Amy has brought focus, enthusiasm, and gin to the team.

Matt Beck
Blended Learning Team Leader

Champion of mental health and technological innovation. Matt often dresses as Mr Motivator when he thinks the team needs a boost.

Kirsty Heritage
Digital Content Project Lead

Baker extraordinaire and adventure seeker. Kirsty is always on the hunt for new places to go with her beloved puggle.

Dom Sweeten
Creative Content Lead

Office biscuit dealer, bull terrier lover and graphics geek. Dom also spends his spare time as a sound designer.

Emma Williams
Digital Content Project Lead

Loves karaoke, coffee and rugby. A trained barista as well as being the curator for our in-house cheese world cup.

Dan Tryner
Content Developer

Rubik's Cube wizard and technology sponge, Dan loves supporting the team with his graphics knowledge.

Neil Wallace
Content Developer

Cacti collector and movie buff, Neil consistently wows the team with his Storyline voodoo and animation trickery.

Laura Fereday
Content Developer

A cosplay genius and plant lover in her spare time, Laura brings constant creativity and a love of colour to the team.

Jake Phillips
Content Developer

Loves icon design and organising trips to Starbucks. Jake also impresses us with his dance music production skills.

Sarah Fellows
Content Developer

Our in-house quiz legend and lover of sweet things, Sarah is known within the team for her editing and development prowess.

Patsy Hunt
Content Developer

Patsy has the unique ability to split herself into three. Writer of invoices, master of spreadsheets, and artist extraordinaire.

Sharon McGovern
Content Developer

Sharon loves getting stuck in on every project - providing she’s had her morning run and her PC is not self-isolating again!

Sam Freeman
Content Developer

Sam can be found wearing every item of clothing she owns to keep warm, or underneath her dog, who has decided she is a seat.

Lucy Carpenter
Intern

Lucy is our in-house LEGO master builder and brownie baker and proof that good things come in small packages.

Blog Article


"Embracing the opportunity of blended learning"

Blog article by Amy Hollier, Head of Blended Learning, HoW College

Read how the academic year of 2019/20 would see the most significant seismic shift to teaching and learning that any of us have experienced and how a rapid switch to remote teaching meant educators had to rip up their best laid plans and within days move their practice to an online environment.

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Case Studies


BLC - How we are pushing the boundaries

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We have communicated with our members and partners to collate how the BLC has positively affected working practices and enhanced the learner experience. Read the following case studies to see how the BLC is pushing the boundaries of blended learning.

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Staff Development & CPD
Digital Strategy
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Nottingham College - BLC Case Study June 2019

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Hear about Nottingham College's journey proir to and since joining the BLC including issues they faced, their reasons for joining and how the BLC has benefited them.

Nottingham College - BLC Case Study June 2019

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The Blend

Our Members


Over 70% of FE colleges in the UK are part of the BLC family. Look at the map to see where they all are.

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Members

Subject Areas


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Each year, the Consortium develops and releases interactive e-learning content using pooled Consortium funds. The subject areas developed are the result of democratic voting from BLC members, with the top voted for subjects being developed using the available funds. Additional subject areas are then added as funds become available from new member subscriptions. As well as having access to the current years resources, members are able to cherry-pick the most suitable subject areas from those previously developed allowing Consortium members to tailor their chosen content to suit their requirements.

Current Year
The following subject areas are currently in development:
  • Construction, Carpentry & Brickwork Level 3
  • Digital Marketing and Social Media Level 3
  • ESOL - Entry Level
  • Esports Level 2 and Level 3
  • Low Carbon Technologies
  • Mental Health Tutorial Resources
  • SEND Life Skills
  • Sustainability Tutorial Resources
Sample resources
To view a sample session from any of the subject areas, click on the links below. Please note these are sample resources taken from the available topic areas. Consortium members gain access to the full library based on their subscription.
English & Maths
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Tutorial
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Vocational
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Bespoke Video Resources
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Stand-alone bespoke video resources developed in the following areas:

Follow the links below to view a sample from each area.

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Exclusive Offers


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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Articulate

Storyline 3

We have secured a reduced purchase price for all Consortium members for Articulate Storyline 3 at a saving of up to 50% per license (this offer doesn't apply to Articulate Storyline 360). Considered an industry standard tool for e-learning development. We recommend Articulate Storyline to all BLC members due to its rich features and familiar interface. Contact us for more details:

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For advice on using Storyline visit the Articulate community:



Accessibility Toolkit for Moodle

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Accessibility Toolkit for Moodle

Brickfield Education Labs offers a comprehensive Accessibility Toolkit for Moodle to improve the accessibility of Moodle course content. The Brickfield Accessibility Toolkit provides accessibility auditing and remediation of course content with an improved editor and the creation of accessible file formats.

BLC Members Offer:
We are delighted to offer members of the Blended Learning Consortium a special discount of 40 % off the first year’s subscription of a 3-year contract for orders confirmed before Dec 31st, 2021.

What is included in the price: Annual License Fee per FTE, On-Demand Online Training, Online Help resources.

Our pricing works in bands of FTE students. Our Band A yearly licence is for 0-2000 FTE. which starts at £6100 before discounts for the Enterprise Licence. There is an onboarding fee of £1200 for new clients in year 1.

To claim your discount please complete our contact form on our website. Offer only open to individual FE colleges who are part of the Blended Learning Consortium.

The problem

From speaking to a wide range of organisations and institutions about accessibility, we understand that they all seem to face a common set of challenges. Staff are often not all fully trained on Moodle or how to build content in Moodle, with some staff not having a good knowledge of HTML. Overall, we understand that staff are subject matter experts - not accessibility experts. So how can they know how and be able to create accessible content? This is where Accessibility Toolkit for Moodle comes in to help the teacher and the learner.

Brickfield approach

The Brickfield Accessibility Toolkit uses a three-step process to find, fix and future-proof content accessibility within Moodle.

1. Finding the challenges

The Moodle Accessibility Toolkit provides the institution insights into where things stand with the accessibility of content in Moodle is vital. Initially, the platform automates the analysis of the content inside Moodle courses against a set of Accessibility standards.

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2. Fixing the issues

Once the audit phase is complete, the Brickfield Accessibility Toolkit enables teachers carry out content remediation. Staff can use the tools to triage several common issues in bulk – such as changing descriptions of links and adding alt text.

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Accessible files for students

As part of the Futureproofing, the Brickfield Accessibility Toolkit has an accessible file convertor which integrates with Moodle at course resource level. With this, learners can choose to convert uploaded documents into more accessible formats to suit individual choice.

Accessibility file conversion

Amongst the alternate files available are:

  • Text formats – PDF, Docx, Txt, HTML
  • eBook formats – Mobi, ePub
  • Audio – with different speeds
  • Daisy
  • Digital Braille File

Documents are converted “on-demand.” Students are notified when alternate format is available. Supported file types are .DOC, .DOCX, .PDF, .PPT, .PPTX, .TXT, .XML, .HTML, .HTM, .RTF, .EPUB, .MOBI, .TIFF, .TIF, .GIF, .JPG, .JPEG, .BMP, .PNG, .PCX, .DCX, .J2K, .JP2, .JPX, .DJV, .TEX and .ASC

To claim your discount please complete our contact form on our website by following the link below:



Blackboard Ally

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Accessible Content Is Better Content

Blackboard Ally is a revolutionary product that integrates seamlessly into the learning management system and focuses on making digital course content more accessible.

BLC Members Offer:
25% discount on Blackboard Ally up until November 30th 2021.

Instead of users needing to be aware of yet another platform, Blackboard Ally fits into your existing VLE with some key feature/benefit areas, including:

1) Alternative accessible versions – Blackboard Ally automatically generates more accessible alternative for course content and makes these available to all users within the course within minutes

2) Instructor feedback – Blackboard Ally provides the instructor with feedback about the accessibility of their course content and guidance on how to fix identified accessibility issues.

3) Institutional reporting – Blackboard Ally provides an institution-wide course content accessibility report that allows for deep insight and understanding into how the institution is performing and evolving and what the problem areas are.

The changes for FE colleges in terms of website accessibility come into force in September 2019 and many institutions are still understanding their responsibilities in terms of their VLE. Broadly speaking, modern-SaaS systems like Blackboard Learn, Canvas and hosted/self-hosted Moodle will be compliant BUT any user generated content in those systems is a huge unknown. JISC have published some information and we’d urge you to look at the All Parliamentary Group Report on VLE accessibility.

Blackboard Ally is a tool specifically designed to unpick the ‘black box’ of content accessibility and to help to protect your institution, on an ongoing basis, against any potential litigation arising from this new law. If I asked you how accessible your staff generated teaching resources are, you probably wouldn’t know the answer. Ally will automatically improve the accessibility of VLE content, provide in context training to staff, automatically generate alternative versions based on student requests and provide an overview of your system including highlighting particular areas of challenge.

Blackboard Ally is simple to install, use and manage and brings a host of benefits beyond supporting you to meet your legal obligations. It is compatible with Moodle and Canvas (soon D2L), and so you do not need to be our VLE client to use this. We’re delighted to partner with the BLC to make this offer and hope it makes purchasing such a great solution more affordable for FE. This discount is significant from list price and is only available to BLC members.

To contact Blackboard Ally, visit their website by clicking the link below:



Blueprint Education Services

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Powering Education and Skills

Who are we?

Blueprint Education Services is an education support consultancy providing a wide range of business optimisation services to the education and skills sector.

With a focus on business transformation, we have a growing reputation in the sector for driving and supporting growth and efficiency through implementing integrated business intelligence systems.

We have built a strong track record of delivering excellence to our customers and have a unique support model that guarantees successful and sustainable outcomes.

Why work with us?

We operate a unique service that provides our customers with the strategic capacity to deliver sustained change and demonstrable performance improvement.

The bespoke services that we offer to our growing list of customers ensures systems and process implementation is designed around the specific needs and requirements of each client. Our services include:

  • Supporting you to create a clear operational action plan including the implementation of integrated management information systems and procedures
  • Optimising your market share across all of your funding streams through strategic procurement and funding support
  • Developing a blueprint to ensure organisational excellence and successful outcomes
  • Increasing operational efficiency by increasing and maximising funding revenue, room utilisation and curriculum planning
  • Providing you with an end to end and collegiate approach to business planning

BLC offer:
Free systems and funding healthcheck and 10% discount on consultancy fees


Email us for a no obligation discussion about how we can support you:



Or call us on the following number and we will be happy to discuss our services with you in more detail:

07515796451


Alternatively, visit our website and complete a 'contact us' form and we will get in touch:



Bulb

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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"

Emerging Edtech Magazine

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 citizenship — bulb 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.

BLC Members Offer:
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:



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Cengage

Cengage

BLC Members Offer:
The Blended Learning Consortium has negotiated a 30% discount on a range of textbooks and e-books published by Cengage, including books on Beauty, Electrical, Hairdressing, Catering and Automotive.

This offer also includes CengageSkills Online learn.cengage.com/CengageSkillsOnline a subscription that offers you and your department access to up to 10 of 34 select Cengage eBooks to help deliver a consistent, cost-effective programme. Visit the Cengage website for more information or see details of all the offers below:


Details for each offer are below.

Automotive:



Beauty therapy:



Catering and hospitality:



Electrical installation:



Hairdressing:



Cengage Skills Online:



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ClickView

ClickView

ClickView, relevant, educational content at your fingertips

BLC Members Offer:
Ongoing 20% discount

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.

ClickView is the world’s leading producer of educational videos

  • Our team of educators produce video content from Primary, Secondary right through to Further and Higher education with additional resources to drive deeper learning.
  • We also continuously record 24 Freeview channels, as well as 8 European satellite channels. You can find any programme from the past 28 days on ClickView TV.
  • We curate requested educational programmes from the BBC RES archive and provide this high-quality content on ClickView.

Enrich your library experience with existing systems

  • Seamlessly integrates with popular VLEs including Moodle, Microsoft, Google Classroom, Canvas, and more.
  • Access ClickView with Single Sign-On (SSO) using existing staff and student accounts. No need for a new password!
  • Our digital signage solution gives you the space to display the latest video content at your school and college.
  • Save internet bandwidth and load high quality videos faster with Local Cache.

Turn passive viewing into active learning experiences

  • Create active learning experiences by adding annotations, short answer questions, and multiple choice responses to deepen understanding and feedback.
  • Educators receive detailed reporting within ClickView, which provide measurable results of video viewing and concept comprehension.
  • Our Interactive videos support blended learning as students can engage deeply with the video both in and out of the classroom.
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Learn more about ClickView by visiting our website:



Email Chris Woods at ClickView to learn more:



Coursera

Coursera

Coursera offers online courses for academic programmes that can be incorporated into all modes of study, such as full distance learning, blended and hybrid learning. Coursera is a comprehensive learning ecosystem with over 82 million learners, 5000 courses and 2000 Guided Projects available on topics like AI, Data Science and Software Development.

Coursera content is aimed at Level 4, 5 and above and comes from world-leading universities and industry partners such as Google, IBM, AWS, Facebook and Salesforce. It’s a good fit for higher technical qualifications, T-Levels, degree apprenticeships and higher education programmes. Colleges are also using Coursera to upskill teaching and admin staff in emerging technologies.

BLC Members Offer:
Coursera is offering BLC members free access for up to 20,000 learners and staff. Each licence allows for one free course and certificate.

For additional information, please view this helpful Coursera Administrator Guide.



For more information or to sign up, please visit our website:



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D2L 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.

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 platform (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.

BLC offer:

50% off first year subscription costs

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Datalytix

Brightspace

Datalytix - Cyber Essentials Certification Offer

For the 2020 to 2021 funding year, there will be a requirement for all providers who have an existing ESFA funding contract to meet the requirements for Cyber Essentials Basic, with progression to Cyber Essentials Plus from the 2021 to 2022 funding year.

The Cyber Essentials Scheme is a simple yet effective, Government-backed framework that will help protect your organisation against a range of the most common internet based cyber-attacks.

From the small-scale start-up to established and growing organisations, the Cyber Essentials Scheme will help reduce the impact of such threats as: Phishing Attacks, Malware, Ransomware, Password guessing and network-based attacks.

The Scheme is run by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) through a single delivery partner, 'The IASME Consortium' in association with a UK wide network of Certification Bodies, professional organisations trained and licenced to deliver Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus.

By becoming a certified organisation under this scheme, you will be better protected from the most common cyber threats while also demonstrating that you take information security seriously – which means peace of mind for you, your students, parents, governors, partners, insurers; in fact, for anyone you deal with.

We have developed a short e-learning module explainer on Cyber Essentials, why it is required, and the steps required to become certified.

See the course here:



Cyber Essentials Offer to BLC Members:

DATALYTIX are offering 20% off all Cyber Essentials consultancy and certification services to members. We are also offering a FREE online Cyber Essentials Gap Analysis Assessment.

View here:



For more information and pricing, click here to register and start your Cyber Essentials journey with us. We can assist with all aspects of the certification process from initial gap analysis audit, technical assistance and secure portal access for assessment submission. We aim to assess your Cyber Essentials application submission and issue a certificate of compliance, if successful, within 7 days.

About us:

Datalytix Ltd. are a licenced Certification Body for the Cyber Essentials Scheme and have been awarded the IASME Gold status for data governance. With over 15 years’ experience working in Further Education in a variety of technical and senior management roles, ranging from MIS, IT and e-learning, our managing director, Stephen Parry, started the business with the aim of providing valuable, cost effective information governance measures for those organisations that do not necessarily have the resources or expertise to be able to implement and support such initiatives.

We are passionate about the education and skills sector and we want providers to prosper in today's climate.

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Dolphin Computer Access

Dolphin Computer Access

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.

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

Dolphin Supernova

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.

Dolphin Easy Converter

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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EduCare

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.

BLC offer:
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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Elli

Elli

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
Learning interventions and methods
Course and teaching methods unsuitable with motivation rekindled by change
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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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Enlighten

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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.

BLC offer:

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

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Or contact Steve Wileman for more information:



eNotify

eNotify

eNotify allows you to track and monitor learner absence.

Staff automatically know when learners have notified the college that they are not coming in. eNotify links to your register system, easily identifying learners not in class who have failed to notify the college – safeguarding is at the heart of the system!

Links to a web-based dashboard to allow you to analyse statistics and trends and put in early interventions to improve attendance.

To find out more visit our website:



To book a 15 minute online demonstration or to find out more information call us on 01689 452432 or email us:



BLC offer:
10% discount if sign up to 2 years

Please see our other offers - eSpirALS and eTrackr

eSpirals

eSpirals

The only system solely dedicated to planning, tracking and monitoring all types of support for disability, learning difficulty, mental health and any other support need.

Whether you support 5 or 5000, eSpirALS provides a best practice framework for managing support for individuals and groups, enhancing every aspect of your information management.

The key stages of support are all catered for in a flexible and hugely configurable core system designed for managers, team leaders and administrators.

To find out more about eSpirALS or to book an online presentation visit:



Alternatively call us on 020 8847 0214

BLC offer:
As a Blended Learning Consortium member when you buy eSpirALS you will be entitled to free Implementation Training and Consultancy (usually £995) delivered over three sessions.

Please see our other offers - eNotify and eTrackr

eTrackr

eTrackr

Our online eILP tracks and monitors performance.

eTrackr-ilp brings together all the information into one central hub; it provides a one-stop shop for tracking, monitoring, measuring and analysing performance against targets whilst supporting the Five Headline Performance Measures.

To find out more visit our website



To book a demonstration or for more information call us on 01689 885068 or email:



BLC offer:
Offer 1 – Sign up to 5 years and get 10% discount
Offer 2 – Sign up for 3 years and get eNotify (worth up to £5,000) free for one year
Offer 3 – A free day of training for all new customers signing up for our standard licence

Offers apply to new customers only. Only one offer available per customer.

Please see our other offers - eSpirALS and eNotify

Freeformers

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Freeformers: Champion-led Change

Freeformers’ Champion Management Platform enables your College staff to overcome common cultural challenges around workforce agility and digital adoption, using social learning programmes and a world first Champion Management Platform

Further Education Colleges are responsible for educating students about new subjects and technology but also need to consider new ways of working and new digital tools to help them operate efficiently and structure themselves. Due to the speed of change there is a need for College employees to become forward thinking agile and digitally fluent from administration to teaching staff. Freeformers have been working with the Higher Education Sector to develop a more confident digital mindset including the adoption of new tools like Office 365.

Freeformers Champion Management Platform solves these problems by creating peer networks that are effective, scaleable, measureable and create lasting impact. Each College will be invited to nominate Champions whom are granted access to download our Mentor App onto their smartphone. Every colleague they then run sessions with are given access to Seeker a web interface that syncs with Mentor. Also a central administrator will have access to a dashboard tracking the impact of the delivered sessions.

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For your champions

Mentor gives champions everything they need to host interactive bitesize sessions with their colleagues, get live video support from coaches and receive new experiences on the go.

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For your people

Seeker lets all your staff sync to interactive sessions and save experiences for later.

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For your managers

Master gives managers the complete picture on programme performance.

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Freeformers - mentor and seeker

The Mentor app will have 3 learning packages pre loaded and ready to use.

1. Digital Life - Always learning, Mastering your Mobile, Solution Finding, Digital Tools & Forward Thinking
2. Office 365 Collaborating, Sharing and Communicating
3. Cyber Security Spotting a Scam, Passwords, Protecting my Data and Internet of Things

BLC offer:
Each College to be granted access to Freeformers Champion Management Platform at 50% discount, which is £2.4k per College per year. This includes licenses for 8 Champions, 160 seats to Seeker, and a unique dashboard called Master.

We are already working with FTE institutions and have proven our ability to deliver impact:

  • X 6 increase in staff response rates to surveys
  • X 2 usage of new technology (e.g. MS Teams)
  • X 8 increase in Customer NPS

Please contact us for more information:



t: + 44 (0) 7710 134178

Click here for to view this offer in PDF format:



Global 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 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

Alternatively visit our website:



Hypersay

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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.

BLC offer:
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:



I-Immersive

I-Immersive

Socially Distant Learning | Connecting Minds

Empower your teachers to deliver high quality home education to individuals and groups, accross multiple locations.

I-Immersive connect schools, colleges and campuses for live, linked immersive learning. All delivered through our ecosystem of unique immersive rooms.

  • Widen your curriculum offering, despite national teacher shortages
  • Overcome geographical barriers and access a network of the most talented lecturers
  • Create a new revenue stream by providing your own experts to the network
  • Reduce delivery costs and run previously unavailable curriculum with smaller groups
  • Connect with specialist partners of your choice across our network and share expertise
  • Train your lecturers in immersive delivery techniques to boost engagement

The space - what to expect

Our rooms enable the delivery of outstanding digital learning experiences for students and lecturers. Consistent in design, each room accommodates the practical, social and digital needs of the today's classroom including:

  • 5 x 86" HD screens
  • 2 x ultra HD PTZ cameras, with up to 20X optical zoom and lecturer tracking
  • Ground-breaking HD audio and 8,192 virtual microphones
  • Optomea visualiser
  • Remote app

The platform - VSCENE

Classes are connected using Vscene, the only global service developed for education and research. Vscene allows students and teaching staff to connect using real-time audio and HD video, helping to facilitate immersive, humanised learning and is used by over 2,000 education, research and public sector organisations. This highly secure platform uses end to end encryption across UK hosted servers, in government approved data centres of the Janet and SWAN networks.

Digital delivery experts - our training

We have fine-tuned the most effective pedagogical approaches in multi-location, digital delivery. Our comprehensive training and support ensures your practitioners excel in immersive delivery to maximise the opportunity the immersive network brings:

  • Simplifies delivery
  • Ensures consistency in quality of delivery
  • Boosts engagement and enhances the experience
  • Produces the best learner outcome

BLC offer:
The price for an immersive room is £41,500 + installation and VAT, for BLC members this will be reduced by 10% to £37,350 + installation + VAT, giving a saving of £4,150.00 per room.

View a PDF version of this offer here:



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ispring

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iSpring offer a range of e-learning authoring tools with the following features:

  • Allow users to author resources in the familiar PowerPoint application
  • Output a range of formats including SCORM 1.2
  • Create interactive resources with up to 14 different question formats including drag and drop and hotspots
  • Suitable for all devices and responsive to screen size
  • Includes customisable player
  • Video and audio functions
  • Works on all major VLEs and within Teams on the Go1 app
  • Include a free fully functional authoring tool for teachers

Screenshot of iSpring SCORM resource in Teams:

Screenshot of iSpring Presenter toolbar in PowerPoint:

Visit the ispring website for more information:



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Transform Education

Transform Education are UK resellers for iSpring and can offer BLC colleges the following:

  • UK prices and invoice in sterling
  • Discount on orders (depending on product and number of licenses)
  • Free training session with every order
  • 20% discount on additional training or training on using the free iSpring authoring tool

Recommended Implementation model for a college

A powerful but economical model for implementing iSpring would be to make the free tool available to anyone who wants to create SCORM resources from PowerPoint. This tool is fully functional but is limited to 15 slides and three question types (multiple choice, multiple response, and short answer).

One person or a small team (e.g. digital learning staff or Advances Practitioners) could be provided with iSpring Presenter which has no limitations and has the full suite of 14 question types. They can enhance any teacher resources if needed or use to build high end online resources themselves.

Currently iSpring Presenter is available for less than £200 per year per license.

For more information contact Peter Kilcoyne:



itslearning

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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.

BLC offer:
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:



IPS - Integrated Payment Solutions

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IPS provide’s a bespoke tailored solution, designed to connect with all your existing hardware and fully supported by our partners new hardware. As the only official partner of Pro-Solution, we integrate with all functions, in the following areas:

  • Access Control
  • Cashless Payments
  • Industry Placement Management/Work Experience Management
  • Automatic Registers
  • Enrolment and Visitor Management
  • ID Cards
  • Active Directories
  • Tills and Stock Control
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BLC offer:

  • Free Trial of software on the condition that it fulfils the brief
  • Buy 2 items from the suite and receive 10% discount on 2nd
  • Buy 3 items from the suite and receive 20% discount on 2nd and 3rd
  • Buy 4 items from the suite and receive 30% discount on 3rd and 4th
  • Buy 5 items from the suite and receive 40% discount on 4th and 5th
  • Buy 6 items from the suite and receive 50% on all of the above plus 6th item free
  • Multiple items work perfectly for groups of Colleges or several campus’

Contact us for more information:



t: 0845 468 1168

LbQ - Learning by Questions

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LbQ is a multiple award-winning classroom app filled with curriculum-aligned Question Sets and immediate feedback to super-charge learning in Maths, English and science in colleges.

LbQ is ideal for preparing for resits in FE and for addressing skills gaps. Reduce your plan-teach-assess workload with automatic marking and instant insight for effective interventions. It covers all abilities so you can support your learners your way.

  • 80,000+ high-quality questions with instant feedback
  • 2,600+ curriculum-aligned Question Sets
  • Tools to Plan - Teach - Assess
  • Fix misconceptions early
  • Real-time monitoring of learning for teachers
  • Effective interventions during lessons
  • Clear data to support learning outcomes
  • Automatic marking saves 1 hour per lesson
  • Just 10 minutes a day boosts attainment significantly

What colleges say about LbQ

“Learning by Questions is an awesome tool and is a game changer for Maths, English and Science resits in FE, with the added benefit of use in skills and ESOL”

Deb Millar, Executive Group Director of Digital Learning Technology, Grimsby Institute.

BLC offer:

  • 20% discount on these software subscriptions
  • £250 per year per teacher for 1 year
  • £625 per teacher for 3 years
  • Includes teacher subject book worth £30
  • Includes online group training session for up to 12 people (retail £300)

View details about our LbQ Super Deal:



View details about the LbQ Class Pack:



Contact us for more information:



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Lucas Nuelle

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Lucas-Nülle GmbH develops and produces innovative training systems for education and vocational training. We provide the training equipment and associated e-Learning courses and assessments.

For more than 20 years, the company has pioneered digital education. All teaching equipment is connected to digital learning content, which guides the user in experimental learning to ensure their success. In 15 different fields of engineering, Lucas-Nülle offers complete learning solutions. Using the LN training and assessment solutions, students are supported in their learning to gain qualifications up to Level 6.

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Specialisms include:

  • Automation (Industry 4.0)
  • Automotive Engineering (including Electric and Hybrid Technology, accredited by IMI)
  • Renewable Energy/SMART Grid
  • Electrical/Electronic Engineering

To see how one university has implemented Lucas-Nülle products take a look at this video:



Get a short impression of what Lucas-Nülle offers:



An example of a training system for hybrid and electrical vehicles:



BLC offer:
8% Discount

Email Janak Patel:



or Dirk Schönian to learn more:



Visit our website for more information:



Lumici 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:



Microlearn

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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.

BLC offer:
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:



Mindful 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 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:



Please visit our website for more details:



Navigate

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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

BLC offer:
We are pleased to offer members of the Blended Learning Consortium a 25% discount on all learner licenses for Navigate.

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

Please visit our website for more information:



Overt

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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.

BLC offer:
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.

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:



Visit our website:



Alternatively, call us for more information:

t: 01905 886 377


Pearson

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HN Online by Pearson

HN Online is a digital solution created by Pearson that enables delivery of BTEC Higher National qualifications using a blended learning model. This way students engage with critical course content in their own time, allowing you to focus on delivering high value face-to-face teaching in the classroom.

Available for BTEC Higher Nationals in Business (RQF)

Content is available across a number of core, specialist and optional units of the BTEC Higher Nationals in Business (RQF) qualification.

Created to save you time

Creating online resources in-house requires a considerable investment of staff time. Each online unit covers 30 of the 60 required Guided Learning Hours (GLH) and covers all the learning outcomes listed in the specification so you can use classroom time more effectively.

Integrates with your college's VLE

HN Online can be accessed via a platform both you and your students are familiar with. Pearson will provide integration support and new user training to help you to become more comfortable with the functionality.

BLC offer:
Education providers can purchase access to HN Online at an introductory price of £60 per unit, per learner (excluding VAT). Content is available for 8 HNC Business units and 9 HND Business units. BLC members will receive access to two optional units free of charge when purchasing six core units for learners.

Contact us today to find out more or to book a face to face demonstration of the content.



Learn more about blended learning...

Join our upcoming webinars to learn about different aspects of blended learning and how you can adopt it successfully at your centre.

View the list of events and register now on our website.



Planet eStream

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The Unified Video Platform Supporting Digital Strategy Across Further and Higher Education Globally

Planet eStream offers a flexible way of supporting multiple media-based requirements from one central platform, offering:

  • A Secure Media Library
  • Live Streaming Lecture and Room Capture Tools – NEW
  • Deep Integrations with Other Learning Platforms - Including Video Assignment Submission
  • Access to TV & Radio Resources – Including Access to a Library of Over 2 million Programmes
  • Interactive Video and Quiz Tools
  • Photo Archiving
  • Centrally Managed Digital Signage
  • Tools to Create Flipped Learning Resources

New – Live Streaming, Lecture and Room Capture Tools

Planet eStream Lecture & Room Capture tools provide a scalable and cost-effective solution for organisations looking to live stream and archive lectures, lessons and more. Autonomous capture hardware makes deployment simple, eliminating the requirement for educators to set up and start streams. There is also support for multiple inputs, voice transcription services, room indicators, Office 365 Calendars and much more.

Powerful Integrations

Create a simple workflow for your educators with a wide range of bespoke integrations for popular learning platforms. Supported platforms include; Microsoft Teams, Canvas, D2L Brightspace, Blackboard, Moodle, itslearning and SharePoint.

These plugins enable educators to easily browse and add media to course pages. Additional media can also be uploaded directly from within their learning platform – great for video assessment.

Access to Great Content

All Planet eStream subscribers who have access to our Planet eStream Connect service can benefit from a searchable database of great educational TV and radio resources to support teaching and learning. All content can be directly searched and added to your Planet eStream Media Library. Content includes:

  • The BBC Digital Archive - currently with over 2 million recordings dating back to 1989
  • The BBC Shakespeare Archive - currently with over 500 recordings dating back to the 1950’s
  • Planet eStream’s own Freeview TV and Radio Archive - currently with over 100,000 recordings from a wide cross-section of channels, dating back over a decade
  • Dedicated Blended Learning Consortium Channel – member colleges can browse and add their BLC subscription content to their own Planet eStream Media Library

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:



You can also view a range of short video-based customer case studies here:



Planet eStream Special Offer for BLC Members:

Planet eStream are proud to be an official partner of the Blended Learning Consortium and member colleges can benefit from the following exclusive offer:

• 20% off year one subscription costs for new subscribers to Planet eStream – Just Quote BLC20 when ordering!

Offer available on subscriptions with a minimum contract value of £3,759 plus VAT before the discount is applied

Please feel free to contact Matthew Hastings for more information:




Prodigy Learning

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Digital Skills Remote Learning Products and At Home Certification Solutions for BLC Members

Prodigy Learning are an award-winning global EdTech business with a mission to provide digital skills certifications and learning solutions for Adobe, Autodesk, Microsoft and other technologies to everyone across the globe. Now more than ever with job uncertainty and the need to pivot whole business models it is essential for students and employees to continue to earn these IT Certifications which deliver job-ready skills and improve employability.

Our team has been working tirelessly to help individuals develop and certify digital skills from the comfort of their own home. Here are a couple of things we have available to BLC members:

1. Remote Learning Products - Video Learning & Practice Tests

Prodigy Learning offers a range of online video learning, online skills assessments and practice tests to support ‘At home’ distance learning of future-ready digital skills from Microsoft, Adobe, Autodesk, Cisco, CompTIA, Oracle, VMWare and EC-Council.

2. ‘At Home’ Certification Solution

We are delighted to announce that our typically ‘in person, in classroom’ invigilated certification solutions can now be delivered remotely! Our support team have been working nonstop to prepare a solution to enable exam candidates to test remotely. This involves candidates taking (available) exams from their home computer rather than attending a physical Authorised Testing Center. Candidates do not need to install any software on their computer to take an exam at home, the exam is accessed through a web browser, so web connectivity is required.

This solution is available to Prodigy Learning customers and authorised testing centres.

3. Stand out in a crowded recruitment market with online digital badges linking to live job data for additional employability

Both remote learning solutions and certification exams are offered via annual exam packs designed to give you flexibility with delivering digital skills to students and staff, at a significantly reduced rate.

BLC offer:
Prodigy Learning are delighted to offer all members of the BLC an introductory offer of 15 months for the price of 12 on any new academic exam pack.

Contact us and speak to a member of our team to discuss setting up as a testing centre, or for more information and to be connected to a member of the Prodigy Team in your region.



View this offer as PDF:


BLC offer:
Exclusive CPD Offer - Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS), December 2020.

Prodigy Learning are offering all members of the BLC a December CPD offer on Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Certification eKits.

Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification is the world’s most recognised computing qualification for proving a person’s skills and abilities in Microsoft’s Office applications. MOS training and certification is recognised by industry and demanded by employers worldwide.

MOS eKits retail for £215.00 per kit, per person and as a member of the BLC you can already purchase these for just £73.50 per kit.

Until 18th December 2020 Prodigy Learning are delighted to offer BLC members an exclusive ‘Buy two, get one free’ offer on all eKits.

  • Online Video Training
  • Practice Tests
  • A MOS Exam Voucher with free retake
  • 12 Month Expiration

MOS Certification is available in the following for Office 2016 and 2019 versions:

  • Word
  • Excel
  • PowerPoint
  • Outlook
  • Access
  • Word Expert
  • Excel Expert

After gaining MOS certification, successful candidates get immediate access to a Digital Certificate and Transcript, as well as Digital Badging to share their success online.

For further details and to claim this offer please contact andrew.lenehan@prodigylearning.com quoting BLC-D20.



View this offer as PDF:

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Purlos

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Purlos - Procuct overview:

  • We use WhatsApp to connect to students during admissions
  • We answer 80% of admissions questions for you using ‘Human Assisted’ AI
  • We use analyse data to highlight high risk students during the admissions process and help improve conversions

1. Engage Gen-Z way - Use Facebook Messenger, Whatsapp and Linkedin to connect with students.

2. Gain insights - Mobile and desktop dashboards with retention data and actionable insights.

3. Drive retention strategies - Contact the highest risk student first, and use the information we gather to have a better conversion to increase conversions.

Client testemonial:

"NESCOT has found Purlos’ platform to have a much better engagement level with students compared to existing communications methods. It gives new insights about the highest risk students allowing us to intervene early and support increased conversions. Engagement with students has been high, about 80% on average" - Dario Stevens, Vice Principle, NESCOT.

BLC offer:
FREE virtual events communications package for 12 months (when bought alongside the admissions platform).

Standard price £1,500 exc. VAT.

Book a demo:



Quote CODE: BLC2020
*Available for the first 10 colleges before August 31st 2020

View this offer as PPT:



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Quiss

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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.

BLC offer:
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:



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Skills Forward

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Skills Forward is the UK’s eLearning specialist for English, maths and digital assessments and learning resources.

BLC offer:
Blended Learning consortium members are entitled to 20% off any Skills Forward software.

To access a FREE trial first, please email our sales team:



To speak with a member of our team, call 0300 102 1023 or talk to us via live chat on our website:



Why Skills Forward?

Our specialist knowledge and flexible and innovative approach to eLearning means that we are the provider of choice to help education professionals to deliver a wide range of training, skills development, apprenticeships and more.

Our eLEarning Software

Skills Builder

Skills Builder is an industry-leading suite of diagnostic assessments and resources for Functional Skills English, maths and digital, and GCSE English and maths. Our unique One Assessment will assess your learners in 30 minutes and they’ll receive an individual learning programme based on their results to help develop their skills.

SkillsPortfolio

Skills Portfolio is a secure, cloud-based e-portfolio software suitable for apprenticeships, vocational qualification or for anyone who is delivering or undertaking training. The system can be adapted to suit any qualification and will guide learners through their qualification framework. Learners can upload a range of evidence, including photos and video, which can then be assessed and verified remotely by tutors for accessible and time saving skills development.

Skills Work

Skills Work is a diagnostic assessment tool which quickly and accurately measures your learners’ employability skills against key skills and behaviours as outlined by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI).

Skills Work will provide you with:

  • your learners' baseline strengths and weaknesses
  • a personalised learning plan
  • the ability to track and measure distance travelled

Suitable for learners who may have taken a break in learning, are re-entering the workplace, changing careers or as part of their careers education in school or college.

Skills Review

Skills Review is the must have eLearning software for apprenticeship delivery. The self-assessed skills gap analysis tool quickly helps you to identify prior knowledge against any apprenticeship standard. This will support you to adjust the apprenticeship programme to suit the learner and their current skill set.

The data will support you to accurately evidence prior learning to the ESFA and also measure distanced travelled at any point throughout the apprenticeship programme.

Skills Go

Our mobile app, for on demand learning anywhere, 24/7 is compatible with any of our Skills Forward eLearning software.

The 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.

BLC offer:
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:



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Spiral

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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 offer:
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:



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System Live

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System Live are a software house specialising in Quality Enhancement Software, Consultancy and Reporting within the Further Education sector.

Observation Live - for Lesson Observations

System Live 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 observations when no internet access is available, create action plans for staff, sophisticated in built reporting.

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Planning Live - for Schemes of Work and Lesson Planning

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.

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We are pleased to announce a discount of 20% on the licence for Observation Live and Planning Live for members of the Blended Learning Consortium!

A brochure with more details about Observation Live can be downloaded below:



A brochure with more details about Planning Live can be downloaded below:



More information can be found on our website:



Or please email us directly to find out more information about our products and services:



BLC offer:

Tablet Academy

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Tablet Academy

Tablet Academy is an independent organisation created to support educational institutions in transforming teaching and learning through the integration of new and existing technologies. Through high-level consultancy and training services our team of fully qualified educators support over 700 institutions and train over 13,000 educators a year.

  • Strategic Consultancy
  • Teaching with Technology Skills Audits
  • Professional Development
  • Certified Training Programmes (Microsoft and Google)
  • Duke of York Student Experience Days
  • Annual Support Packages

Microsoft

Tablet Academy are the number one Microsoft in Education Global Training Partner in the UK. Our team can support educators to gain the Microsoft Certified Educator (MCE) or Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) recognition - tablet-academy.com/office365.

Google

Tablet Academy are one of four Google accredited professional development partners in the UK. We can offer hands-on workshops linked to Google Educator Level 1 and Level 2 certifications - tablet-academy.com/google.

BLC offers:
Offer 1. Tablet Academy Services: 10% Discount

All BLC members are entitled to a 10% discount on all Tablet Academy services when booked direct with Tablet Academy.

BLC offers:
Offer 2. Lamar University Certificate in Technology Enhanced Teaching:

24 participants for the price of 20.

This ‘Certificate in Technology Enhanced Teaching’ offers teaching staff a short comprehensive professional development programme the outcome of which rewards staff with a certificate which can be converted into academic credit towards a Lamar or participating university Masters Programme. The programme consists of two elements:

Part One: The completion of 4 x Half-Day Face to Face workshops which can be customised to meet the needs of your institution and based on your technology deployment.

Part Two: The creation by participating staff of an ePortfolio of evidence demonstrating the use of technology in their teaching practice.

Assessment: After grading of the ePortfolio by a University Faculty member, successful participants are awarded a non-credit bearing certificate which can, at a later date, be converted into full academic credits, representing 1/6th towards the Lamar University online M.Ed. in Digital Learning and Leading or other participating university post-graduate programme.

Participants can also complete Microsoft Certified Educator or Google Level 1/Level 2 certification as part of this programme. Additional exam fees will apply.

To find out more about this programme visit tablet-academy.com/lamar-university.

Enquiries

For all enquiries please visit the tablet-academy website:



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Call:

01952 567450

Think 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

BLC offer:
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:



The Training Initiative

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Our mission is simple - to make training your workforce as easy, flexible and cost effective as possible. We're passionate about improving the standards and quality of training in the Further Education Sector.


We offer training in the following subject areas to suit your college's needs and budget:

  • First aid
  • Mental health
  • Moving people safely
  • Fire safety
  • Dealing with challenging behaviour
  • Safeguarding of vulnerable adults, children & young
  • Equality and diversity
  • Leadership
  • Augmented reality
  • Bespoke courses

BLC offer:
We're offering members of the Blended Learning Consortium a 20% discount off all of our courses and training. We would like to offer BLC members a preferential rate of £520 + VAT per day for training. For shorter or bespoke courses a pro-rata rate will be calculated.

View an overview of the training we offer in PDF format:



Please get in touch:



Tel: 01827 216 171

Visit our website for more information:



Transform Education

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Transform Education Ltd is a training and consultancy provider set up by Peter Kilcoyne and Esam Baboukhan focused on transforming Teaching, Learning and Assessment (TLA) through the use of technology. transformeducation.co.uk/ Our core mission is to inspire and empower educators to transform TLA.

Our core services are:

LMS 365

We are the UK educational reseller for LMS 365.

LMS365 is a fully functional VLE/LMS built around SharePoint and the Office 365 suite of applications. It supports teachers and learners using Microsoft Teams and other Office 365 apps, which they are familiar with to engage in teaching and learning. The LMS 365 platform provides powerful back end VLE functionality such as course management, tracking, reporting, SCORM integration, gradebook and certification. Using LMS365 in Teams opens a whole new level of social collaboration and excitement! Teams’ chat-based interface allows users to work together on various course topics in a fun and informal manner.

See transformeducation.co.uk/partners/lms365/ for more information.

Microsoft Global Training Partner

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We have been recognized by Microsoft as a Global Training Partner. We offer a full range of training and advisory services to help organisations and their staff make the best use of Microsoft Teams and Office 365. Esam Baboukhan, a part-time Microsoft Learning Consultant, winner of EdTech 50 and Pearson’s Silver Digital Innovator of the Year 2020 award is known nationally and internationally for his inspirational pedagogical use of Microsoft 365 and can provide bespoke training and advice to your college and staff.

See transformeducation.co.uk/partners/microsoft/ for more information.

Bespoke CPD

Through our Directors and team of outstanding associates we offer a range of bespoke face to face and online training across many areas of digital learning.

These include:

  • Microsoft 365
  • Google for Education
  • Blended Learning pedagogy
  • Digital Accessibility
  • Using Video as an effective strategy
  • Webinar design
  • Using Drones
  • Developing a digital strategy
  • Cybersecurity

See transformeducation.co.uk/services/ for more information.

Implementing Blended Learning

Peter Kilcoyne is well known for his work in Blended Learning. Both in setting up and leading the Blended Consortium for its first five years and managing the implementation of the SOLA blended learning model at Heart of Worcestershire College. This work has been recognised through the college winning TES and AoC awards and Peter being in the EdTech 50. Peter has supported many colleges and universities across the UK and internationally and offers bespoke training and advisory services through Transform Education.

See transformeducation.co.uk/services/ for more information.

Transform Education Associates

Transform Education has several associates who work with us to deliver training and support. These include some of the leading digital managers and practitioners working in the FE sector today offering a wide range of specialist skills.

For more information about our associates go to transformeducation.co.uk/associates/ for more information.

Please get in touch if you are interested in finding out more about becoming one of our associates.



BLC offer:
Members using our services will be given 10% off the price for training and consultation services.

Members buying a licence for LMS365 will be given two days free training.

Visit our website for more information:



Unio 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.

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.

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 offer:
BLC members benefit from a discounted rate of £6 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:



How to videos:



Unicheck

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Unicheck is a cloud-based plagiarism detection and prevention software with advanced functionality for educational institutions and with continuous community-driven development.

Over 1,100 universities, colleges, and school districts worldwide have chosen Unicheck as their primary plagiarism checker because of its usability, reliability, and availability. Unicheck offers an innovative vision and strong customer support services.

Unicheck creates innovations in plagiarism detection and prevention, authorship verification, identification of advanced text modification techniques, and citation assistance.

The company hosts Unicheck as a subscription service on the state-of-the-art-technology cloud infrastructure of Amazon Web Services (AWS). Unicheck architecture, AWS infrastructure/hosting, and support services make their tool the most reliable, available (99.95% uptime), extensible, and scalable cloud-based plagiarism detection software in the industry.

Unicheck’s Mission is to create community-driven software to make students well-educated. They help teachers grow their students into thinkers instead of copycats.

Unicheck is not just a vendor, they strive to become your trusted partner who will provide you with efficient technology in order to be a successful institution by helping students learn the value of original thinking and writing.

Customer success is Unicheck’s priority — every institution is assigned a dedicated Customer Success Manager who will be your personal consultant for all questions and issues. They also provide free 24/7 SLA-based Support, onboarding assistance, on-demand training, access to Unicheck Help Center.

Effortless integration with all major LMSs.

Unicheck is easy to use and fast to integrate: Unicheck automates all stages of the evaluation of students' works for originality in the LMS. Unicheck integrations are installed in a few clicks and the entire setup takes no more than 5 minutes.

Unicheck is a Canvas Alliance Partner since 2016. They have been closely working with Instructure Team to ensure the best user experience.

AI-based authorship verification assistant.

Unicheck’s latest innovation, Emma, is aimed to prevent Contract Cheating. Embedded into the software, Emma studies the writing style of each student and says whether newly handed-in papers are likely to have been written by the submitter.

Natural Language Processing and stylometry enable Emma to analyze the writing of each text, categorizing it into linguistic and stylistic silos. As a sophisticated AI algorithm, Emma continuously hones her authorship verification skills.

With Emma at hand, educators can spend less time grading papers, and students can become motivated to enhance their writing skills.

BLC offer:

We’re delighted to offer members of the Blended Learning Consortium a special discount of 25% off Unicheck’s regular offer.

What’s included in price:
Annual License Fee per FTE or active license, Premium 24/7 Support (chat, phone, email), Dedicated Account Manager, Implementation Assistance, Maintenance Fee, Onboarding and On-demand Online Trainings, Online Help resources, Hosting Service (AWS), Text Modification Finder - Modifind, Citation Assistance, Database Migration Assistance, Private Institutional Storage (AWS Hosted).

60-days free trial

Take advantage of our free trial period to test out Unicheck’s features and benefits.

Unicheck’s products are developed fully in-house and the company is capable of doing customization of any complexity to meet the requirements of the Partners and Customers.

To find out more, visit our website:



Contact Unicheck for more information:



Urkund

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Urkund was created by teachers for teachers, to offer a clean, intuitive and reliable way of detecting plagiarism. We deliver accurate reports, and the ability to use Urkund in 3 ways – through your LMS, Via the Web or over Email.

We integrate into 90% of the major LMS Platforms, including Moodle, BlackBoard, MS Teams, Canvas, D2L, Google Classrooms to name a few.

We come highly endorsed in the Academic world, ranking on top of the competition in terms of accuracy in finding text, synonyms, paraphrasing and also user experience as per latest 3 tests completed at ENAI www.academicintegrity.eu – scrutinised by Academics from all over Europe.

Our intuitive report includes side by side analysis, picking up font differences and use of suspicious characters – and we will soon be launching a cross language detection tool and a stylometric tool.

Our system has 99.9% uptime, so is extremely reliable (even in the busy exam periods) and of course we are fully GDPR compliant. We never compromise on data security, and don’t take ownership of any assignments that are submitted to us. You can stay in control of your data, delete at will or get a dedicated database pending your individual institution’s needs. We can also easily upload previous years submissions from your student archive too.

Our references boast the latest and greatest scholarly content in our archives, from names like Cengage, IEE, Wiley and Springer to name a few.

Lastly, our modular licenses allow us to be flexible with individual year groups and stages of education. Not only that, but each license allows for unlimited document checks, accounts and of course support from our expert team.


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Introducing Edword

Edword is an online toolbox enabling formative and engaging feedback on written work. It transforms the way your students learn and work with your comments, while saving you time.

Implementing Edword changes students from passive receivers to active learners. It is kind of a paradox that teachers spend hundreds of hours providing feedback when students do not spend the time studying the feedback, taking advantage of technology, Edword aims to motivate and engage students in their feedback, resulting in improved learning outcomes and reduced dropout.

In Edword, you can create, build, share and upload assignments, comment sets and rubrics. All organised in a grand library. Handle the entire workflow and let students documents their work with your feedback in the platform. It also integrates with your LMS.

We also offer a great plugin for both Word and Google Docs, on PC, Mac and Chromebook if this is more in-line with your current workflow. It takes the repetitive aspect out of giving feedback. Insert library text comments with one click, record audio comments and much more. You can also share all of this with your colleagues if you wish too.

With data analysis on how much time is spent giving, and receiving feedback – including time spent per comment, assignment and subject – Edword helps Colleges measure the effect of investment in student feedback, resulting in the improvement of the learning outcome. Alongside the time saving element of course.

Edword x Urkund

Although we can be modular and offer each solution individually, we also offer an Edword and Urkund combined solution, whereby we offer an analysis report within Edword that can be easily viewed in the assignment.

This enables you to use both products seamlessly in a workflow that works for you.

We help:

  • Teachers - offer constructive and formative feedback within the course assignments, alongside detecting potential issues with plagiarism
  • Students – become more engaged and motivated, understanding the value of feedback
  • College administration – save time and become more efficient, allowing for more time spent actually teaching – with analytics on how much time is spent giving and receiving feedback
  • College reputation – promoting academic integrity and honesty, complementing your college’s values

BLC offer:
Our Offer to the BLC is 20% discount on the yearly licence fees below:

Our licences are based on FTE, and our minimum license is up to 1500 FTE.

Urkund:

Minimum Yearly Licence Starting from £1850 (before discount)

Edword:

Minimum Yearly Licence Starting from £2800

Joint Solution:

Minimum Yearly Licence Starting from £4185

Visit our website for more information:



Alternatively contact the UK Account Manager – James Lankester for more information and a bespoke quote:



Virtual 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.

BLC offer:
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:



Vitalize

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Who are Vitalize?

Vitalize IT provides support and training to enable schools and colleges to develop the use of Digital learning via Google Suite or Microsoft Teams.

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Our goal is always to support your college to enhance teaching and learning with technology, by engaging students and teachers.

Our dedicated support team is made of experienced teachers and ICT professionals who have many years experience of working in the education sector.

BLC offer:
We’re delighted to offer members of the Blended Learning Consortium 20% off our:

Digital Champion Training

One of the best ways to improve digital skills in your organisation is to select a team of Digital Champions and provide them with training, enabling them to cascade training and support within your organisation.

Our Digital Training has been designed especially for that.

8 x 1 hour video meeting training sessions, with online resources. Training sessions can be booked online and cover either Google or Microsoft, or a mixture of the two. We offer a free video meet session to plan out the training and tailor for your organisation.

Just £475

For more information please visit our website:



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Events & Webinars


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Events

Due to the current situation regarding social events, we aim to hold all events online where possible.


Previous Webinars

Previously recorded webinars are available to watch again by following the links below.
Depending on your internet speed, there may be a short delay while the recording loads up.


Blended Learning Autumn Conference 2021


Blended Learning Summer Conference 2021


Audactive and iSpring Webinar


TextHelp Webinar - Widening Accessibility, Redefining Inclusion


Regional Blended Learning Meetings - Spring 2021

Thanks to all those who have attended the regional meetings, you can watch the recordings using the links below:


Regional Blended Learning Meetings - Autumn 2020


Century Webinar - The Future of Further Education - 25/11/2020:

Do you want to know more about the digital transformation of the #FE Sector? Technology is now essential for the teaching and learning of English and Math's. The Blended Learning Consortium and Century Tech present an insightful webinar to help answer this question. With speakers form Bradford College, Rise Holme College and Activate Learning.


Virtual Reality Assessment Tool (eCom Scotland) - 14/10/2020:

eCom Scotland have been working extensively with City of Glasgow College to develop a VR for assessment toolkit. Their development process has now reached the stage where they would like to involve the BLC in trials of using the prototype toolkit to provide feedback. This would be great help for them to create a toolkit that fits the needs of the FE sector. The toolkit shows great promise from our experience so far and is able to produce self-contained SCORM objects as well as other formats, which would fit with the BLC model.


Flipick LMS Webinar - 30/09/2020:


LMS365 Webinar - 25/06/2020:


Adapting to the 'New Normal' and Embracing the Digital Opportunity - 18/06/2020:


Regional Blended Learning Meetings - Spring 2020


Preparing for distance learning - BLC Webinar 16/03/2020:


Accessibility Professional Development - BLC Online Conference 12/03/2020:


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Support & Guides


Here you will find useful documentation and guides for using the Blended Learning Consortium resources. Please refer to the supportive information relating to your VLE or intended use. We aim to add additional guides over time.

BLC Moodle Plugin

A low-cost plugin is available that provides seamless integration of BLC resources into Moodle. Conveniently browse through the available BLC sessions and add them directly to your Moodle course. Please refer to the following PowerPoint and informative videos for more information about the plugin.

BLC Moodle repository PowerPoint

If you would like more information about the plugin, please get in touch.

Adding BLC resources to Microsoft Teams - GO1

You can now access all your BLC resources in Microsoft Teams using the free GO1 app. For more information visit the GO1 website:

Go1 Learning app for Microsoft Teams

Adding BLC resources to Moodle

Please refer to the following PDF that explains how to add BLC resources to Moodle.

Adding BLC Resources to Moodle

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Get In Touch


For all enquiries regarding the Blended Learning Consortium including information about joining, writers training or details about the content available to Consortium members please get in touch and a member of the team will get back to you as soon as possible.

Alternatively, if you would prefer to speak to someone in person you can contact Amy Hollier directly. 01527 548 833

General Enquiries

General enquiries

If you are already a member of the consortium and have a technical query, please use the Technical Queries form below.


Technical Queries

Technical enquiries

Use this form if you have a technical query about using the BLC resources or require additional member support. Please provide as much detail as possible to help us with your query.

Please give a brief description of the issue. If applicable, provide the subject and session title/s for which your query relates to.


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