Selby College is proud to be part of the University of Hull Federation of Regional Colleges for Engagement (FORCE), a regional network whose aim is to help schools and educational professionals support learners to achieve their potential through raising aspirations and increasing participation in Further Education and Higher Education.
An offshoot of the partnership is the Digital Technologies and Mobile Learning Network (and Augmented Realities), which was formed to help support the enhancement of teaching and learning across the 11 Further and Higher Education partner institutions across the Yorkshire and Humber region.
The network’s annual ‘Digital Spring’ event returns this month, with a programme of development events to inspire and engage teachers in both FE and HE. All of the 2018 events will be scheduled as live events and broadcast through webinars.
Gabriel Horgan, Lecturer in Sports Studies at Selby College is presenting a seminar at 4pm on Friday 9th March titled ‘Whose e-learning is it anyway?’, which takes a look at decentralising the role of the teaching with regards to e-learning and allowing the students to use e-learning technologies for themselves.
Each of the partner institutions are committed to supporting their teaching staff and students in exploring and developing new teaching methods through the use of mobile technologies, with the network itself acting as a central hub for activities including enterprise, grant applications and research.
Gabriel said: “I’ve been exploring the use of e-learning in my own practice for at least six years and continue to be involved in staff training across the college. This interest in e-learning has seen me pick up some excellent applications and I attempt to use them in my lessons.
He added, “In the last few years it occurred to me that by placing the students in control of the e-learning it actually increased their ICT skills, understanding and engagement. This has been the focus of the work with the University of Hull.”
Other regional institutions such as Doncaster College, Grimsby Institute, East Riding College and Bishop Burton College are focusing on the use of Google Hangouts in Teaching, Using OneNote Class Notebook, How to Use E-learning to Engage Learners and Using Infographics in Teaching as part of the ‘Digital Spring’ event.
For more information about the network and upcoming events, please check out http://digitaltechnologiesnetwork.co.uk or follow @digitechnet on Twitter.
Published: Wednesday 7 Mar 2018