Course Delivery Online: supporting students through the lockdown 

Committed to keeping lessons engaging

At GC, we aren’t simply emailing work to be completed and returned, lecturers and staff across the college are using a dynamic range of activities to teach, support, assess and advise our students.

Students are supported through our virtual learning environment, Moodle, packed with course content, activities, space to upload assessments and where they can receive feedback. They're able to attend online lessons using Microsoft Teams and Zoom.

Our lecturers continue to guide students, share demos, set work, facilitate peer critique and support them through subject-based Facebook pages. 

Using a range of technologies

Our lecturers and students are confidently using Microsoft Teams, webinars and virtual learning environments in many creative and supportive ways: 

  • Video based dance, performing arts and art classes, with students uploading videos of themselves for assessment
  • A wide range of demonstrations: live professional cookery and art techniques
  • One-to-one target setting sessions
  • Group discussions on Facebook or Microsoft Teams chat 
  • Video lessons on Microsoft Teams
  • Online quizzes
  • Assessments 

We ensure we have group and one-on-one sessions to follow up with students. This has involved parents too, so points can be discussed efficiently and parents can understand expectations and support from home.

Students are supported in the use of all of these activities by the teaching staff, mentors, IT support and the digital technology team.

Maximising subject specific platforms

Across the College, lecturers are using different methods to connect with students and provide an engaging learning experience. Including Discord, a very interactive community where computing lecturers and students can share demonstrations and student work. 

Our maths and English team are using virtual learning environments supported by BKSB, MyMaths, OnMaths and CommonLit.

Other methods include:

  • Embedded videos
  • Shared files
  • Chat typing to capture written answers, as well as general verbal question and answers.
  • Recorded sessions for students to revisit the class sessions delivered

Where required, work is also been printed and posted to learners, so no one misses out.

Further support for students

Alongside curriculum delivery, we're using the technology to offer a wide range of support to students: 

  • Virtual career one-to-ones: career workshops and planning progression sessions
  • One-to-one welfare meetings
  • Student Mentors are continuing to support virtual lessons via emails and teams
  • Student Services can still help with queries about funding, finance and bursaries: info@gloscol.ac.uk
  • Appeals system to support additional needs for equipment

The Student Development team are still celebrating those who have achieved 100 hours Continued Professional Development (CPD) and work experience. If you have any further CPD you'd like to log, especially if you are volunteering or working as front line staff, they'd love to hear from you: employability@gloscol.ac.uk 

 

Keep up-to-date with how we're providing online studying on our social channels. 

 

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I would like to thank our students and their parents for their patience and understanding during this uncertain time, as well as my staff, whose dedication to their students and their own work ethic is nothing short of admirable.
Matthew Burgess, Principal and Chief Executive

Why Gloucestershire College?

We have a lot of experience offering Apprenticeships and work-related training. We have industry-standard facilities and experienced teaching staff which provide the ideal complement to work-based learning.

We are here to help

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90% of students would recommend GC and 95% said that the teaching on their course was good.

Ofsted has rated us good.

  • We offer industry relevant facilities
  • Our lecturers are passionate subject specialists
  • Employers value our students' skills

We'll look after you. We have dedicated teams to help you and a great Learning Mentor scheme.

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