It makes you improve. I revised and learnt so much ~ student
West Thames College has developed a series of courses and resources to support independent learning within functional skills delivery.
- All level 2 and 3 students have 5 hours of independent learning a week supported by systems for collaboration communication.
- The College has adopted a number of strategies to do this from the development of bespoke interactive courses targeted to specific levels, to the widespread adoption of a personal e-development plan for each learner mapped to their diagnostic assessments.
- Specialist English and maths staff have worked together to produce a contextualised pool of resources which can be referenced and used by learners in their independent learning sessions.
How is learning enhanced?
- learners engaged with interactive use of interactive whiteboards (IWB)
- Tools such as Vokis, QR codes, and mobile phones used in research
- Moodle site for English and maths
- Videos, assessments, tasks available through technology
- Functional Skills staff blog with resources organised by level.
- Maths Everywhere and Khan Academy
About the presenters:
Daniel Blaszczyk, CQTM – English, Maths and Cross College Functional Skills
A published author himself, Danny has managed English and Maths programmes for a number of years. Passionate about the use of e-learning he has been working to develop an effective way to support learners to engage with and value these core skills as an integral part of their study programme.
Siobhan Fitzgerald, i-Learn Assistant
Siobhan has worked in education for many years supporting students with information and learning resources. Her background and interest in the creative industries has provided her with the subject knowledge to effectively support the students under her supervision.