It’s been a busy time so below is a brief update on some of the Innovation team’s work across the college over the last couple of months.

Open Badges

We’ve now issued over 1,000 open badges from our badge academy: https://www.openbadgeacademy.com/sussexdowns. Working with Emily Hanscomb, we’ve awarded badges for 95% and 100% attendance.  We’ve also secured sponsorship from Rotary Club (they’ve offered to fund purchase of 4 Chromebooks), Pelham House and Horseshoe Inn (thanks to Christina Cavallari) to support our work on the Employability Passport.

Building on the Quality Standards work, we’re in the process of developing a series of ‘Expert Learner’ badges to align with Induction process for Sep 2016.  Watch this space.

We’re also starting some exciting work with the Hair & Beauty, and Sports team to badge their level 3 and 4 courses and have submitted a new Erasmus+ bid so we have our fingers crossed to receive (even) more funding.

Finally, we’ve been recognised for the innovative work we’re doing and have been invited to to run a workshop on digital badges at the National Blended Learning Consortium Conference in Birmingham  next month.

Blended Learning Consortium

The Blended Learning Consortium is being recognised as the fastest growing consortium within FE.  As members we get unlimited access to a wealth of high quality eLearning resources.  Sam has secured some externally funded work developing the content for a new eLearning module that is focussed on E&D including mandatory areas of British values and prevent.  

Full courses are already available for the following: Digital Literacy L2, Employability L2 and L3, English L2, Engineering L2 and L3 and Health & Safety in Social Care L2.

Phase 2 will include the following:

  • Health & Social Care L3
  • Business Studies L3
  • Sports L2 & L3
  • E-safety – Anti Bullying
  • Beauty L3
  • Travel & Tourism L2
  • Enterprise L2
  • British Values Prevent

If you’d like further info on using these please get in touch.

Other news

We delivered 2 masterclasses on Google Classroom (over 20 staff attended) over both campuses and we’re currently working with Kevin C’s team to shape development of a new platform to enhance access to their various online databases and resources.  This work is being lead by Sarah Jayne-Smith.  A sneak preview of the new eLibrary site is available here.

Digital Signage – Kings

One of our more fun and experimental projects has been the design and nstallation of a new TV / digital signage in Kings restaurant.  It uses a £80 computer the size of a USB stick (called a ASUS Chromebit) to turn a TV into a digital display board.  Christina can edit the slides from her desk, add announcements, links and videos and then publish live to the restaurant.  

Get in touch

If you’d like any more information on any of the above or would like to run a pilot using technology to support learning, please get in touch at innovation@sussexdowns.ac.uk.

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