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Here is a wee list of what we have achieved in last five weeks.

  1. On day college closed we had advice in place for teaching , support and students on working remotely.
  2. We moved all support on line is staffed every day and has now dealt with around 1000 support requests ( at 27/4) 
  3. We immediately rolled out Zoom as a practical delivery tool for teachers and provided associated support.
  4. We’ve run 2 webinars a day covering critical systems and support – with more than 500 staff attending sessions . Through online booking platform and we are about to initiate feedback form.
  5. Our offer has tracked staff demand – initially focusing on communication tools , now focusing on assessment and evidence gathering tools and post mid May we will focus on learning design to make courses more digital and blended for start of next session.
  6. We have continued both to support a number of commercial projects and have won more commercial funding during lock down – and we are still bidding for new business. 
  7. We documented our approach and it has been picked up as good practice and will feature in future GTCS Magazine.
  8.   From 17 March we have offered a digital first library service with advice, support, guidance and access to resources for students and staff. 
  9. We have designed, developed and launched the Learning and Teaching Academy online presence. Re-branded existing pages and building whole new libguide platform and creating a wordpress site and created a suite of short instructional videos and guides for staff working remotely.
  10. Our team has offered an online landscape to enable and support teaching teams to deliver online. With daily learning opportunities such as webinars to online learning courses that encourage and exploit digital technologies such as Teams, Zooms and many educational technologies and software. 
  11. The LTA has successfully created a team ethic that is centred on supporting academic development and enhancing teaching and learning within City and beyond.
  12. We are now well positioned to start the real work of transforming delivery at City of Glasgow College in a new working landscape.


Find out about the Learning and Teaching Academy.

It is the best of times and the worst of times to launch a new cross college service . But a good time to book a webinar .

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Digital support has come into its own over the last four weeks. I am certain we won’t hear, ‘what does learning technology do ‘ from any quarter again.

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Initial efforts focused on getting as many staff and students as possible communicating with each other . This involved making sure

  • Staff knew how to use Enquirer to contact students.
  • Staff could create and position forums in moodle courses to communicate and collaborate with learners.
  • Everyone knew how to use Zoom meeting , safely and securely to run classes.
  • For those with access showing staff best ways to use and hold secure meetings over Microsoft Teams.

Over the next few weeks we will move through more training around the tools that will help us tidy up any outstanding assessment and then we will focus on teaching about learning design so we can offer learners a compelling on line experience and moving on the aims of the Learning and Teaching Academy.


Welcome !

This is the first post in what will become a spot for staff across City of Glasgow College to share their reflections on learning and teaching practice. We are a large two campus city centre based college with 30,000 learners and 1400 teaching and support staff.view of students in entering  main building

In a fast moving environment our WordPress platform will support the developments across the College.

The Learning and Teaching Academy supports a range of activities across the College with overall aim transforming our approaches to learning and teaching.

The Academy seeks to identify key areas where colleagues engage in simple clear and effective uses of innovative pedagogy. At the Learning and Teaching Academy, we believe our approach will create time for staff to teach and learn differently.  At the heart of this is a belief that sharing and collaborating is at the heart of good learning.

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