Landex (Land Based Colleges Aspiring to Excellence) is a subscriber organisation for Colleges and Universities in the UK who deliver significant volumes of education and training in land based occupational areas. Earlier this week I joined the Learning Materials and Technology Committee for their quarterly meeting. It was great to meet up with peers from colleges offering similar curricula.
The main focus of the meeting was the development of Land based learning online – an online learning resource covering areas including animal management, agriculture, horse management, horticulture, bTB biosecurity and machinery. The platform and resources have been developed by FirstMedia Ltd and AdaptiVLE Ltd, for LANDEX using money from the DfE – Flexible Learning Fund. The learning materials include a large quantity of video content filmed at various locations including, Bridgewater and Taunton College, Askham Bryan College, East Durham College and Myerscough College. This content has been quality assured and is a really excellent resource. Recent work for the project has been around the development of two qualifications:
- City and Guilds – Level 2 Certificate of Competence in the Safe and Responsible Use of Veterinary Medicines
- Royal Horticultural Society – Level 3 Certificate in Practical Horticulture
The committee also share good practice and we heard a little from James Maltby of Plumstead College on how they have been making effective use of 360°, Augmented and Virtual Reality Technologies for teaching, learning and assessment.
There are plans to set up a MS Team site for the group so we can keep in touch between meetings.