At today’s Landex Learning Materials and Technology Committee we discussed the Land Based Learning Online site that the group has been developing over the past few years. I have mentioned the site before but the content has progressed and is now ready for use.
The site includes:
- Land Based Learning Online – A collection of online courses that students can register for complete in collaboration with Landex Colleges and Universities. Some complement face-to-face courses and students can be registered by their institution. Others allow self-enrollment.
- PDF library – 130 Landex PDF packs converted into online learning.
Landex have recently tweeted a video introducing the site.
A sub-committee of the Landex Learning Materials and Technology Committee has also been working on a blended learning module which will show tutors how to get the most out of online material.
The module will have 4 different units:
- Unit 1 – Engagement with materials
- Unit 2 – Develop confidence & skills in concept of blended learning
- Unit 3 – Demonstrate how to remove barriers to using materials effectively
- Unit 4 – Demonstrate different uses of materials
This work will allow us to take the courses from the Land Based Learning Online area and embed them in our own Moodle VLE and reuse as appropriate. Which will be very exciting for us at the RAU!
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:
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.