GVS Blended Learning Research Project 2017/2018

Initiated in August 2017, this project aims to gather information on various teaching practices utilising Blended Learning approaches, which will then be used to further develop and enhance i-GVS products and our delivery platform, GVS PiLOT. The research project will be carried out in conjunction with several colleges, and will be part of a ‘cooperation agreement’ between GVS and each college.

We are delighted to announce that three colleges are now actively participating in the research project, those being:

  • Hopwood Hall College
  • Heart of Worcestershire College
  • Basingstoke College of Technology

These colleges are some of the UK’s leading colleges, with technological and digital strategies at the forefront of their teaching, making them valuable project participants.

As part of the cooperation and research process, Global Vocational Skills provides to the colleges:

  • User licences for i-GVS products
  • Free access to the cloud-based platform GVS PiLOT
  • New product trials and previews
  • Full support and training of college staff on how to use and benefit from the GVS Solution
  • Free access to the CMS (Content Management System) tool, for creation of bespoke learning courses and surface-level editing  

 

In return, the tutors and the curriculum managers of the above colleges cooperate in the research project by:

  • Actively using i-GVS products throughout the academic year 2017-2018
  • Participating in regular training on how to use i-GVS, GVS PiLOT and CMS (Content Management System)
  • Participating in termly research and feedback meetings
  • Providing anonymous progress reports to help assess and improve the effectiveness of the GVS Solution
  • Submitting attendance records and schemes of work designed to address various delivery issues
  • Providing feedback and development suggestions for the GVS products and platform improvement, including the LTI (Learning Tools Interoperability) connection
  • Providing expert consultations to support the development of new products as Subject-Matter Experts and Contributing Authors

The outcome of the research project will be to:

  • Outline a number of Blended Learning methodologies with real-life examples of practices used in the UK colleges
  • Support new i-GVS content development to be used in line with these methodologies

The results of the Blended Learning Research project 2017-2018 will be published on this website in Summer 2018.

To conclude the project, and as a way of disseminating the valuable information gained as a result of the research carried out, GVS will be hosting a conference and a series of workshops where tutors and other college staff will share and disseminate the common practices of Blended Learning used within the UK colleges. This will be a great opportunity to see not only how tutors from different colleges adopt digital technology in their delivery, but also how tutors, learners and college management staff can benefit from different Blended Learning approaches. Finally, it will provide an opportunity for those colleges who have participated in the research project to speak about their experiences using blended learning as an approach to their teaching, and what they feel they have learnt as a result.

Click below to view case studies from our previous work with colleges.

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