Jisc is continuing its tradition of championing technology to support and transform teaching by backing a category at the inaugural Independent Higher Education Awards.
Jisc sponsored the award following a recent expansion of its membership criteria to include alternative providers.
The judging panel included Sarah Davies, Jisc’s head of higher education and student experience, who said of the winning entry:
“KLC's submission demonstrated how they harness technology in discipline-specific ways to really add value to students' learning. We were impressed by their use of technology to support both blended and fully online provision, bringing together campus-based students and those studying online.
“Technology was also used in a number of ways to support employer engagement and the development of employability skills, including through virtual work experience, and online workshops with industry as part of student projects.”
KLC also scooped a gong for breakthrough in course design and delivery. The managing director, Will Gibbs, explained:
“These two awards demonstrate our ongoing commitment to utilising the latest technologies to enhance the delivery of our courses, both onsite and online. It is a huge accolade to everything that we do here at KLC and I am immensely proud of everything we have achieved.
“KLC aims to lead with innovative digital learning methods to constantly meet the changing needs of students and creates a supportive environment for both staff and students to improve their digital skills. The innovation award is supported by the fact that KLC launched a new virtual learning environment (VLE) in 2014 – a custom blend of Moodle and Mahara, with bespoke features, while Adobe Connect provides recordable online classrooms.
“KLC teachers routinely use gamification, digital assessment, and virtual reality as part of online and onsite courses, and our state-of-the-art VLE supports both modes of teaching, and critical peer feedback. It also allows the use of e-portfolios to help online students build a one-on-one relationship with the KLC careers department.”