“BlackBoard can be more than just a repository”

As Danny was taking staff at Northumberland College through the principals of enquiry-based e-learning, I sneaked a few of the workshop attendees across the corridor for a quick chat. I was eager to hear the progress especially as one of the original e-learning modules had already been trialled in classroom. The result was encouragingly positive. … Read more

Raising aspirations among colleagues – exciting e-plans at Bishop Auckland

Last week, we popped across to County Durham to drop off Lee’s and Elaine’s BTEC certificates. We also wanted to catch up with the Bishop Auckland duo to see how they’re getting on since we last saw them at the e-Learning Essentials workshop in September. Having been convinced of the benefits of action-based e-learning, Lee … Read more

A few bumps along the way – getting over disruptive changes

As any cross-institutional project in Further Education, we’ve had our share of challenges along the way. Since we kicked off in March, the revolving doors have been busy spinning at our partner colleges. There has been organisational restructuring, significant changes to senior management, changes in line management for people involved in the project, redundancies and … Read more

Pedagogy leading the technology – lessons from our e-learning workshop

Last week, we had project teams from three of the colleges in for intensive training on scenario-based e-learning. Danny took the group through our BTEC-accredited e-Learning Essentials workshop which challenges attendees to rethink their approach to e-learning. Something that isn’t always easy or comfortable to do, Danny says. “As usual with this workshop, people come … Read more