It was great to be back again at the Bett Show, with a bigger and better stand, more exciting products to talk about and our enthusiastic students from BCoT to demonstrate them!
The 4 days were spent working tirelessly to deliver our message and engage with interested visitors, keen on learning more about our unique digital content. There was a great amount of interest from International visitors, as well as those closer to home, all looking for a more innovative way of delivering vocational learning content.
On the Wednesday and Saturday we had student representatives from Basingstoke College join us on the stand – they use i-GVS as part of their weekly blended learning provision at college, and spent both days demonstrating the product on our large interactive touchscreen, while talking to visitors and answering questions. We love being able to put the students at the heart of things, and for people to see them engaging with the product in a way they would do during a normal college day is a real bonus.
On Thursday, Peter Kilcoyne (ILT Director at Heart of Worcestershire College) gave an interesting talk on The Blended Learning Consortium - A collaborative and democratic approach to developing online learning content for the FE and Skills Sector. The Blended Learning Consortium has over 70 Colleges as members and in its first year set up collaborative projects developing and sharing over 1000 hours of online learning content. He discussed the various advantages of joining the BLC, one of which was the opportunity to receive 25 free licenses for an i-GVS product of your choosing. We were very excited to be able to work with Peter and provide this offer to potential BLC members.
Whilst we felt that the show was successful for us, it did prove difficult at times. The Bett Show massively caters to the school’s sector, drawing in significant crowds all seeking to learn more in that field, whereas the vocational sector was poorly represented by both exhibitors and visitors alike. At times, we distinctly felt like the distant family relative that nobody really understands and is generally undervalued in the family unit! Having said that, it did prove to be a worthwhile experience for Global Vocational Skills, and was greatly enjoyed by all members of GVS staff and visitors that attended.