How remote learning technology is minimising coronavirus disruption for sixth form students
Pioneering use of online learning technology is ensuring social distancing measures are causing minimal disruption for Newham Sixth Form College (NewVIc).
As education providers transition to online programmes and resources to reach remote learners amid the coronavirus pandemic, NewVIc staff and students have benefited from a smooth uptake thanks to the college’s existing digital strategy.
Since September 2017, the Plaistow college has been working with Google to train staff in G Suite for Education and roll it out across most of its programmes.
This has proven to be a lifeline during the ongoing coronavirus lockdown and provided continuity for learners in unprecedented circumstances. The online platform allows teachers to share interactive learning materials including videos, further reading and quizzes; provide consistent, timely and tailored feedback on students’ progress; and present live interactive lessons.
Students are expected to attend live group sessions but can complete other work in their own time.
NewVIc says studying whenever suits them best is resulting in greater focus, attention and understanding of learning aims, whilst students are also becoming more self-motivated and accountable. Year 2 A-level student Nadia Monnan said: “Online learning is efficient as I’m learning and doing my work in my own comfort.
“I am enjoying it more than I thought I would.”
The college says that by offering more interesting and interactive ways to digest information, students are more engaged in the learning process and more interested in growing their knowledge base. A-level sociology teacher and OLEVI facilitator Sarah Butler said: “Being able to hear their teacher’s voice whilst completing memory recall activities, viewing and commenting on each other’s contributions, and taking part in whole-class discussions is proving incredibly effective for students. I recently delivered a mini live lecture which saw greater engagement from students than it usually would in a classroom.
“Students are more confident to ask questions using comments whilst I am presenting. It is also less disruptive and means I can look back to make sure I haven’t missed anyone.”
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