Education Partnership North East’s curriculum and support staff have developed innovative online learning methods for students to continue their studies at home, be engaged and motivated in their learning and to provide ongoing support.

Sunderland College Sport lecturer Graham Hill is using his skills to adapt to an everchanging situation by issuing regular Moodle announcements to his students, keeping them up to date and giving them clear guidance and instructions on their coursework. 

All updates are written very clearly, to convey important messages about changes to assessments and assignments, using a calm and supportive tone to communicate the straightforward and achievable targets. 

Students record audio to respond to the announcements to confirm understanding, and have set up a closed WhatsApp group between themselves in addition to their course site on the virtual learning environment. 

Individual classes have been set up through Microsoft Teams so that lessons can be broadcast live and recorded in case learners have issues logging on, which are uploaded to Microsoft Stream to watch at a later date. The chat facility in Teams has been very effective, allowing interaction and quick responses. 

Graham has also created inboxes on Moodle where learners can submit assignments directly, where grads and feedback can be issued instantly. 

Using a combination of technologies and techniques, Graham is showing great care and consideration for his students’ experience and supporting them in the completion of their course. 

Lecturer Carl Jones is creating a series of narrated PowerPoint presentations to support current assignments students are working on. 

Carl is working closely with the learning innovation team to overcome obstacles and resolve issues raised by students or parents quickly, so their learning isn’t disrupted. 

  • Curriculum staff 
  • Support staff including learning support
  • Over 60 sport and public services students engaged.

“I think Teams and Moodle have been good because they’re easy to navigate and I get notifications when things pop up such as lessons or assessment updates.”

“Teams and Moodle is great as I can get messages and work through easily. Also, I receive updates quickly if they’re ever any changes to work which really helps the remote working process.”

“Thank you for the support and especially the PowerPoint voiceovers, they really helped during this strange time.”

“The voice over sessions have been a great help.”

Why Education Partnership North East (EPNE)?

Highly commended - Employer of the Year, Sunderland Echo Portfolio Awards 2019

Engagement with Employers - Association of Colleges (AoC) Beacon Award 2017

(Sunderland College On-programme Survey 2017)

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