The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London (CONEL) is taking the lead on a project looking at making the best use of e-learning in further education.
Anna Salousti, Beauty Course Team Leader at the College, is heading up the digital technologies group of the Association of Colleges’ Professional Exchange.
The Professional Exchange is a London-wide networking group that aims to improve teaching and learning through collaboration with fellow professionals.
CONEL is one of 13 training providers that make up the group this academic year, with behaviour management, digital technologies, English and maths, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) courses, mental health, professional standards and work experience, among the topics for 2017/18.
Anna said: “I have a keen interest in using technology with the Beauty learners I teach to improve the teaching, learning and assessment.
“I developed my own digital skills through internal and external training, and researching new software applications I think will have a positive impact on education and learner experiences, and share these with my colleagues.”
Anna participated in the Professional Exchange for the first time in 2016 and was very impressed by how effective collaborative working is across the sector.
“The aim of the digital technologies group is to explore the impact the use of digital technologies has on the learner journey,” she said.
“We have been exploring the use of Office 365 and e-learning tools and apps to engage learners more effectively with the aim of achieving better outcomes.
“Another part of the project is to research the impact technology is having on education outside the classroom. I am currently in the process of analysing the impact of e-learning assessment tools.
“So far, I have found there to be a positive impact upon learner interaction and progress not only within the classroom but also at home.
“I’ve seen that the use of apps and websites within my own teaching has greatly increased learner participation and general knowledge and understanding of my subject area.”
The group will continue to meet this year before sharing its findings and conclusions with the Association of Colleges this summer.