The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London was out in force at the Association of Colleges Annual National Conference on Wednesday 16 November. The Vice Principal and Head of E- Learning showcased the College’s virtual learning environment (VLE), and students with their tutor demonstrated the latest techniques in digital animation. The conference took place in Birmingham’s International Conference Centre.

Animation BTEC Diploma Level 3 Students Nicole Moloney and George Toombes, with Animation tutor Matthew Phelan, spent their day offering a ‘Have a go’ opportunity.  Visitors to their stand were able to have their photographs taken and then Nicole and George recreated the images as though they were comic book characters and animated them.  Using Wacoms, the latest tablets in digital imaging, George and Nicole were able to experiment and develop techniques for their work as well as ‘wowing’ their audience.

Nicole explained: “Animation is a fantastically, imaginative and creative process but it can take months or years to complete. I love it though – I could spend days at a time on work like this.”
George agreed: “You can do whatever you want in animation. It’s much better to create 30 seconds that are fantastic than to have three minutes that show mistakes.”
Meanwhile, Scott Hallman, Head of E-Learning was explaining the amazing power of the College’s fully integrated virtual learning environment.  Scott showed how students can download lessons, access a whole host of online learning resources, keep up to speed with College news and events and monitor their own performance in terms of grades, attendance and punctuality.  Just as importantly, so can their tutors – which means the coaching and support they give is much more targeted and effective.  With the learners’ agreement, this information can also be shared with parents and carers. 
Jane O’Neill said: “In the last three years we have striven to ensure that all our services to learners are online. This means they can access their work at home or at College, 24 hours a day.  We have thousands of learning resources available, plus all our marking and registers are online too, which means we can help learners to stay on track and achieve their best much more effectively.”
The AoC conference attracts senior managers from many of the UK’s 400 plus colleges. Principals, vice principals, ministers and senior civil servants, all come together to debate and define the future shape of further education.  Despite a challenging economic climate, the Colleges are committed to giving learners and employers the skills they need for success.
For more information on games and animation courses at the College, visit: or call our Course Information Line on 020 8442 3055

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