Deborah Millar Head of eLearning, Blackburn College @DebMillar24
These early release resources provide you with examples of ideas and approaches that the project team is developing to facilitate the management and introduction of learning technology into organisations.
Alongside the development of ‘DigiPals’ (digital student ambassadors who work with staff and students to improve their learning experience with technology), Blackburn has developed ‘Learning Wheels’.
Learning Wheels are a simple graphic device to help bridge the gap between traditional teaching methods and contemporary digital learning content and resources. They guide staff through digital technologies by linking platforms, apps and web content to learning delivery.
The wheels help staff to gain knowledge and competency, from building confidence and understanding around digital technologies through to the application of technologies within their own curriculum areas.
A sample CPD activity introducing staff to the value of Twitter as a learning resource is provided below. The exercise is based on working with hairdressing tutors, but it has mostly generic content that can be adapted to all other subjects. It incorporates the introduction of a Contextualised Learning Wheel to support staff to explore how they can use Twitter to develop and extend learning opportunities for their students.
To find out more about the project, how to implement the resources, and the impact they have had to date: