Westminster Adult Education Service

No technology on site does not mean no e-learning!

Tanu Varma’s presentation is about the ‘e-Learning in Community Project’ which had a huge impact on students’ learning at WAES by providing them with meaningful learning experiences. She talked abut how she collaborated with teachers to ignite the opportunities for learning by using technology.

Why?delegate taking notes

It is often challenging for community tutors to integrate technology into learning because of the limited resources available in community venues. This project aimed at helping these tutors to incorporate technology in innovative ways and to enable their learners to achieve their individual learning outcomes.
So this is e-learning in the community, two concepts that are always thought of as being at opposite ends of the spectrum.

How was the learning enhanced?

To start with learners are usually given something which does not require a login, so there is no password to remeWAES presentationmber. This helps them gain confidence and just have fun. Using a printed QR code for a Padlet wall, an easy to use cloud-based tool, is an example, and then giving them a printed copy. Once these activities are embedded, different ideas can be tried out:

  • Using a ‘flipped learning’ approach by extending classroom work at home
  • Encouraging Bring your own device (BYOD) and iPod Touch for loan by the college
  • Limited technology is still better than a flip chart. Also, not necessarily used for the whole session.
  • Personal technology such as mobile phones can be used to take pictures of content on the interactive white board (IWB), corrected worksheets and recorded feedback
  • Learners discover enjoyable ways of learning and use their unproductive time for learning.


About the presenter:

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Tanu Varma, Course Leader – ESOL

Tanu is a Course Leader (ESOL) at WAES. She teaches ESOL to various ages/levels of learners. Devoted to creating a stimulating learning environment, she prepares interactive lessons using technological tools allowing students to get actively involved in the learning process while acquiring IT skills.

Tanu has been an enthusiastic and positive mentor for the tutors at WAES. She has organised several workshops on teaching ESOL and innovative use of technology in teaching and learning. She is the lead for two main projects at WAES – ‘Kensington Palace ESOL Project’ and ‘E-learning in Community’.

Tanu did her Masters in Business Administration and PGCE with subject specialism in ESOL. She has 12 years of teaching experience with 6 years experience of teaching ESOL. She is a passionate and creative teacher committed to engaging her students by using technology. She has participated in various JISC events both as a presenter as well as a participant. She gave stimulating presentations on topics like ‘Ipads for Learners’ and ‘Using Social Media for Teaching’.