Curriculum Design and Models

Plumbing Apprentices’ use of a VLE

In this video, Ian Hall (Bolton College) shares his experience of using Microsoft Teams as a VLE, and of creating and integrating content from other platforms such as Google Sites and Iorad.

Using Microsoft Forms as a form of initial interview during enrolment and induction

“We were hoping to achieve a strategy to capture information at the first meeting with the student that could better enable us to meet their needs earlier in their programme of study.
It helped us to gain a better understanding of the complex needs of our learners so that we could implement mentoring/CIAG/EAA. It has also enhanced the department use of the GROW and LIP process.
Information gathered from this process has given management opportunity to download statistical data for use in the QUIP, SAR and Position Statement. All of this could be sourced digitally without any paperwork crossing hands.”

– Gillian Piercy, Lecturer, Trafford College Group

Using Microsoft Forms and Teams to support listening competencies

In this video, Suad Kelkal from The Manchester College explains how she has used Microsoft Teams and Forms to help ESOL learners develop listening competencies.

Improving the visual look of the Moving Image Channel on Teams to improve the student experience and engagement

Kirsty Wilkinson, a L2 Creative Media Lecturer and Teams Champion at Trafford College Group, embarked on a project with the aim to visually transform her Teams Channel and heighten learner engagement with more informative Teams posts.

Learner feedback:

“It has helped me find things quicker. It’s good, eye catching”
 “This is very helpful and I can find work easier”
“This is more [sic] easier to learn and find the right lessons to help me with my work”

Tools for online speaking and listening

In this video, Eve Sheppard, an ESOL tutor and Digital and Blended Learning Champion at Oldham College, shares her experiences of using BookWidgets and Google Classroom to support students’ development of speaking and listening skills, online.

Using VLE assignment tool features for formative assessment in Engineering

Louise Sheldrake (Hopwood Hall College) shares her experience of using the assignment tool in It’s Learning and Microsoft Forms.

Use of Wakelet in ESOL

In this video, Kasia Korseniowska (Bolton College), explains how she is using Wakelet with ESOL.

See an example of a Wakelet for Entry 3 ESOL 

Effective classroom questioning techniques

In this video, Julie Milner (Trafford College Group), shares her experiences of using Lumio, Microsoft Teams and Microsoft Forms to question students.

“I started using Triptico more in my lessons, particularly the Connections activity. I find it’s great for teaching, reinforcing and revising vocab + concepts.I can add more probing questions as well as the questions, meaning students can answer at different levels.
Students are involved in the whole lesson and it brings an aspect of competition. I’ve seen students more keen to take part in lessons and handing in homework more regularly.”

– Julie Milner, ESOL Lecturer and Teaching Learning and Innovation Practitioner, Trafford College Group

Using Flipgrid in ESOL

Saima Hanif (Hopwood Hall College) shares her experience of using FlipGrid for teaching, learning and assessment.

Subject-specific migration to Teams Assignments

In this video, Bertin Speaks (Trafford College Group) shares his experience of using a marking rubric within Microsoft Teams.

“The use of the assignments function on Teams is able to track students progress and their engagement. Functions allow lecturers to visualise the time spent on the learning environment and it enables lecturers to easily store and access student work and automatically records correspondence and feedback, reducing the need to duplicate written records of learner performance.”

Bertin Speaks (Trafford College Group)

Engaging learners in a VLE

In this video, Chris Wilde (Salford City College), showcases some of the recent good practice in using VLE as a landing page for improved engagement with blended learning.

Blended learning and digital tools used in HE

In this video, Giles Bennett from Salford City College University Centre discusses supported experiments involving:

  • Foundation Degree (Year 2 Level 5) Creative and Media Production
  • Foundation Degree (Year 2 Level 5)  and BA (Hons) Media Make-Up Artistry
  • RSL Creative Music Level 2 and 3