In response to the pandemic, which has forced educational institutions to rapidly get to grips with online teaching, West Midlands colleges have joined forces to produce a suite of brilliant new e-learning tools to help teachers with this new way of working.
The tools comprise ten interactive CPD (Continuing Professional Development) resources for teachers, created jointly by specialists from colleges in the Colleges for West Midlands group, and have been put together by the Blended Learning Consortium. The project has been funded by the Department for Education (DfE) through the College Collaboration Fund*.
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The resources encompass five main themes considered as critical by practising Further Education college teachers who themselves have had to quickly adapt to online teaching.
The themes cover: planning and preparing remote learning sessions; strategies to engage and motivate learners on line; techniques to assess online learner progress; supporting students with learning difficulties and disabilities; and setting group tasks and making the most of collaboration methods.
The resources, which will be free and open to all colleges and teachers from across the UK, are being introduced for the first time at a special online event, organised by lead college, Walsall College on Thursday 25 March from 2-3pm.
The event will be championed by principal of Walsall College, Jatinder Sharma, along with Roger Cotes, deputy director, careers and further education from the DfE (Department for Education). The five key themes will further be introduced by a team of specialist teachers who were involved in putting together the materials.