Borders online learning transition (BOLT)
Implementing a new organisation-wide e-learning strategy at Borders College
1 year and 4 months
Ended 6 Jan 2014100%
The project team at the college sought to create a sustainable e-learning presence by developing their e-learning capability and robust processes.
Our support included a dedicated and holistic programme of training, e-learning consultancy on a secondment basis and provision of a critical friend.
Our ability to understand the challenge of achieving institutional change made us ideal project partners and ensure the best possible outcomes for the project.
What we did
- Provided in-house e-learning expertise with consultant trainer Simon Fitzpatrick who worked as part of the college's e-learning team
- Guided the project – service manager Will Allen was a member of the project steering group and acted as a critical friend to the project, supporting the team to achieve transformational change
- Delivered a programme of workshops for staff at the college - including Digital Storytelling, Podcasting, Writing for the Web and an accredited 3-day e-Learning Essentials course
- Co-facilitated two highly participative visioning workshops to inform new ICT and teaching and learning strategies
- Provided Blackboard Collaborate service, with support, to explore online delivery of ESOL training
"Things have changed dramatically. For us, one of the biggest challenges has been the realisation that it's a huge cultural change to try and embed e-learning within a college environment… We wanted to make a huge change, we've made a medium-sized change but I'm pleased with that!"
Suzanne Scott, BOLT project manager, Borders College
"I don't think we knew exactly what kind of project we were embarking on when we first started. Through their experience Jisc helped us to map out the journey and get to the key milestones … We hadn't really thought through how we were going to get there when we first started!"
Russell Taylor, e-learning specialist, Borders College
"We have built staff’s expertise with the support and advice of Jisc and have a much better understanding of the potential for e-learning to support students’ learning and business development. We are making a long term commitment to e-learning as it will become an increasingly important way for people to learn in the future."
David Killean, vice principal of quality and innovation, Borders College
Meet the project team
This project ran until winter 2014