Wednesday, 21 January 2009

Excellent case studies

A plethora of new case studies has been added to the LSIS excellence gateway:

Basingstoke College of Technology needed to find a cost-effective way of ensuring its significant investment in ILT resources was made available to its students whilst continuing to operate in an aging site before the much anticipated move to its new build. In discovering and implementing the Gyro Suite, the College found much more than just a low-cost alternative to the interactive whiteboard.

Seeing that Craven College's virtual learning environment had the function, Su Illingworth tried out blogging with her students to see how they would respond. The result was emphatic, with benefits to both learners and the College.

Southwark has introduced the Busbi - a low-priced, pocket-sized camcorder - to a number of curriculum areas. The Busbi offers one-button video recording and transfers video to a PC easily via a USB connection.

Derby College are undertaking a JISC-funded project in collaboration with Rolls-Royce to examine the potential of personalised assessment, in order to raise the attainment and achievement levels of learners. An important aspect of this project was the close working relationship between the college and the employer.

Three members of staff at Hugh Baird College have created a set of video resources to demonstrate joinery techniques and procedures. Learners can access the resources through touch-screen technology in the workshop environment, enabling them to revisit demonstrations when they are performing these techniques and procedures for themselves.

King George V College in Southport has developed 'Swat-It', a classroom control application which enables teachers to turn Internet and email access on and off in IT classrooms. Using the application teachers can ensure that their learners have appropriate and timely access to resources, and can provide a more effective teaching and learning environment.

This case study examines Barking College's approach to integrating, personalizing and embedding online diagnostic assessments to support teaching and learning at the College.

This case study looks at how a further education (FE) college has utilised Microsoft SharePoint software over the last two years to provide an 'all-in-one' solution for both its academic and business needs.

York College took advantage of a new build project to design new learning spaces that meet the needs of 21st century learners. This introduced a new approach to teaching and learning, centred on tutors being given their own Tablet PCs and classrooms installed with equipment they can 'dock' in to. The results give a flexible, mobile approach that allows tutors to teach in their own style.

Slough Borough Council (SBC) Lifelong Learning has developed an Excel-based electronic register that streamlines and integrates induction, initial assessment, individual learning plans (ILPs), withdrawn/retained statistics, learning outcomes and all necessary data into a single, easy-to-use spreadsheet, thus greatly reducing workload for tutors and practically eliminating data-entry errors. Oh and, by the way, it also takes the register.

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