‘BLEND’ - Revolutionising digital learning at Myerscough College

Published
Tuesday 8 May

Myerscough College has welcomed European representatives of an international project aimed at revolutionising digital learning.

Over the last couple of years Myerscough has led a European funded project aimed at developing innovative blended work-based learning. The BLEND project aims to share and test high quality blended work based delivery models, with other project partners in Holland, Finland and Spain.

The aim of the project is to innovate work based learning and advance the application of new learning technologies and opportunities for collaborative learning.

More specifically, Myerscough College has been developing interactive learning packages and e-learning resources that have been piloted with a group of learners that are on an apprenticeship programme. The programme is designed for learners to gain vital skills in which they can use in their job role.

The BLEND project consortium is co-ordinated by Myerscough College, with input from partners including a private training provider in Holland, IPC Groeme Ruimte; a land-based vocational college in Finland, KPEDU; and experts in e learning technology, The Galician Supercomputing Centre.

Innovations as part of the project include the development of a Virtual Learning Environment, using an online system called Canvas, and the development of a variety of interactive packages using H5P technology, and specifically, instructional interactive videos.

Paul McGrail, Assistant Principal Apprenticeships & Quality for Myerscough College, said: ‘’We’ve had a fantastic few days with our international partners on the Erasmus Blend Project, with a number of great discussions on potential new project ideas. There’s been some really positive evaluation coming out around structure and interactive resources.

‘’The blended pathways used by our apprenticeships and skills teams were highlighted, along with sessions on the distance travelled since the start of the project on Blended Learning and interactive learning packages, and use of VR (virtual reality) and Mixed Reality.

‘’Overall, the visit has been a great experience and we’ve seen some amazing possibilities for the land-based sector.’’

For more news and results of the project visit http://blendproject.eu , or search ‘blendprojectEU’ on social media.

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by Dave Salmon

DSalmon@myerscough.ac.uk

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