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Basingstoke College of Technology (BCoT) has won the ‘Outstanding use of technology for improving teaching, learning and assessment’ award at the annual Tes FE Awards 2018.
The prestigious black-tie event which celebrates and showcases the most exciting ideas, best practice and the most inspiring teaching and leadership to be found in the further education sector took place on Friday 23 February 2018 at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London. Hosted by the comic and actor Alan Davies, it was attended by more than 800 guests.
The judges were most impressed with the college’s “strategic approach to the use of technology across the curriculum” and acknowledged BCoT’s investment in resources and infrastructure, alongside the college’s digital vision. In 2015, when the use of technology in many colleges was sporadic, and many staff lacked confidence in using it, BCoT took a strategic decision to move towards a curriculum model that firmly embedded blended learning and the use of digital technologies into the daily lives of its teaching staff. While blended learning was introduced to provide all full-time level 2, level 3 and access learners with one hour of independent timetabled study each week, BCoT’s biggest journey has been made by its own staff. With the right support and training now in place, they have been able to learn, develop and explore how they use information and learning technology for the benefit of the students. Principal of BCoT Anthony Bravo said: “The creation of a dedicated team of student digital leaders has been particularly empowering, and the development of the BCoT Digital website has provided a useful focal point for training and resources.” He adds: “It’s a real success story as staff who previously had little knowledge about the use of technologies are now training other staff and showcasing how they use technology to enhance their own teaching and learning. We are very open to sharing this expertise too and are looking forward to welcoming anyone interested in finding out more to our Advancing and Exploring Technology in Skills event on 14 March 2018.”
Hosted by Global Vocational Skills Technology, this event will provide an opportunity for leaders to explore the wider implications of innovations and advances in learning technology, both in the classroom and in the workplace.
With their award winning reputation for expertise in education technology the experts at BCoT are often in demand. Learning Technology Apprentice, Sky Caves was recently in the spotlight appearing as a guest on Pivotal Education’s podcast talking about BCoT’s use of technology to improve learner engagement in the classroom. To hear the podcast in full please go to https://pivotaleducation.com/sky-caves-edtech-lessons-pp186/
For further information on the Advancing and Exploring Technology in Skills event visit https://i-gvs.com/news/events/200513/ or for details of the college’s full range of courses go to bcot.ac.uk.
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