North East colleges start their journey to better e-learning

Over the next year, we’re working with four local colleges to embed the outputs from an aspirational project we finished last year.

On December 2013, the first project team submitted its successful final report having achieved its aim of transforming South Tyneside College’s (STC) e-learning approach.

Working closely with a team at the college, we designed and developed six e-learning modules for their teacher training course.

All six modules are applying the new, enquiry-based approach. As a result, they are more engaging and, perhaps more importantly, also better at developing higher order skills such as analysis, problem solving and critical thinking.

Here is a short video that explains more about the project and its impact within the college.

New challenge

We’re now taking the learning and outcomes from that project to the community.

The success in the first stage meant we were able to secure more funding and are now working with four North East colleges to adapt the developed modules into their teacher training.

This is our official end-of-project vision:

“Six e-Learning modules have been “taken up” and embedded into four North-East College’s Initial Teacher Training activities. Each college is realising the benefits and the project team has a clear direction for wider embedding, dissemination activities and stories of success.”

The team and institutions

Project colleges on a mapThe project is led by the familiar team from the first round – Netskills e-Learning expert Danny McAtominey and Freelance Educational Consultant Sue Wallace, who previously worked as Staff Development Manager at South Tyneside College.

Danny and Sue are supported by me – Hanna Miettinen, Netskills Consultant Trainer with a specific role of capturing the progress and learning. I will do this via this project blog in the form of articles, Q&As, video interviews and reports, etc.

The colleges involved in the project are Northumberland College, Tyne Metropolitan College, Bishop Auckland College and South Tyneside College (wider embedding activities building on first project phase).

The project is due to submit its final report in March 2015.