I started trying to record what the new Learning and Teaching Academy has been up to on a weekly basis . I can't really believe this is week 10 of the lock down .
I'm just about to push around a newsletter that is testament to all the hard work put in by teams and staff across the College. June will be just as busy with virtual events across the College and nationally . Hoping to finalise details of an ALT Scotland Special Interest Group meeting for end of this month - this week.
( with thanks to Tom Duff)
Here is a wee list of what we have achieved in 10 weeks.
- On day college closed we had advice in place for teaching , support and students on working remotely.
- We moved all support on line - our inbox every day has now dealt with around 1500 support requests ( at 27/5)
- We immediately rolled out Zoom as a practical delivery tool for teachers and provided associated support.
- We’ve run 2 webinars a day covering critical systems and support – with more than 950 staff attending sessions . Through online booking platform and we've had great feedback.
- Our offer has tracked staff demand – initially focusing on communication tools , now focusing on assessment and evidence gathering tools and we will focus on learning design to make courses more digital and blended for start of next session. ( we are using our own version of ABC Learning Design.
- We have continued both to support a number of commercial projects like https://www.offsiteready.com/ and have won more commercial funding during lock down – and we are still bidding for new business. ( we are just about to roll out a UFI Project - watch this space)
- We documented our approach and it has been picked up as good practice and will feature in a future GTCS Magazine.
- From 17 March we have offered a digital first library service with advice, support, guidance and access to resources for students and staff.
- We have designed, developed and launched the Learning and Teaching Academy online presence. Re-branded existing pages and building whole new libguide platform and creating a wordpress site and created a suite of short instructional videos and guides for staff working remotely.
- Our team has offered an online landscape to enable and support teaching teams to deliver online. With daily learning opportunities such as webinars to online learning courses that encourage and exploit digital technologies such as Teams, Zooms and many educational technologies and software.
- The LTA has successfully created a team ethic that is centred on supporting academic development and enhancing teaching and learning within City and beyond.
- We just managed to squeeze out a Jisc Digital Insights Student survey - which I know will give us some valuable data on how learners are coping in lockdown.
- We are now well positioned to start the real work of transforming delivery at City of Glasgow College in a new working landscape.
In amongst this I've continued to support the College Scotland's #DigitalAmbition work now morphing into a more directed bit of work to deal with the immediate crisis . I've to completing data gathering for feedback to be in this week.
Also managed to present on a CDN/Jisc Virtual Bridge Sessions along with some of my colleagues.
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