Let's get digital

Published on 09/12/2019 by DTHACK

Teaching is being transformed by technology - and Blackpool and The Fylde College (B&FC) is at the heart of this education revolution.

B&FC students are reaping the rewards of their tutors getting untethered as members of a global Microsoft community focused on delivering innovative learning experiences.
Tutors at the college - which provides education for learners aged 16 and over - are going back to school themselves to ensure the College's teaching team is on top of its game delivering the inside track on technology to its students.

Dozens of B&FC tutors have already passed with flying colours Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) courses, focusing on how the student experience can be improved with technology.

Nigel Brown, B&FC’s director of students, said: "Students are incredibly digitally-savvy and it's our job as untethered tutors to make sure we can give them all the tools and support they need to put their learning into practice."

“Our ‘untethered tutor’ strategy is all about pushing the boundaries of learning. The student experience extends way beyond the classroom and our educators are leading the way for innovative teaching – wherever they are.

“We want to make sure our students have a thorough understanding of the applications used in the majority of workplaces so that when they complete their course they’re ready to exceed the expectation of their employers.

All B&FC students get free access to Microsoft Office 365 programs, including Excel, Word and Outlook, for the duration of their studies. 
B&FC tutors are members of the Microsoft Educator Community, sharing experiences and best practices with other educators to build a better connected world.

Arfan Ismail, B&FC’s head of digital, said: “Working with Microsoft helps our students master the technology they need to succeed in their careers.”

Teaching transformed

Visit a 2019 classroom and be amazed by how things have changed.

There's no chalk to be found; at B&FC, many learning areas now have digital whiteboards showing live video footage or Skype discussions with other schools across the world.
But this is just the beginning. 

Homework is available online, with students getting the support and resources they need through virtual learning environments (VLEs).

B&FC is investing in a new VLE providing its students with more efficient and enjoyable learning experiences. It's all part of the College's digital strategy, which seeks to position B&FC as a leading digital educator in the years to come.