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Birmingham Metropolitan College have continued to establish themselves as teaching and learning innovators by scooping a prestigious BECTA Next Generation Learning Award.

The College’s Digital and Environmental Technologies and the IT Services directorates received a special innovation award for developing an Apprenticeship scheme in digital installation – the first of its kind in the UK. The College was also commended for their continued use of mobile learning technologies and new media within all their learning programmes, as well as the launch of a staff Sharepoint intranet facility.

“As a further and higher education provider to over 35,000 16-19-year-olds, adult learners and employees, we have an ongoing commitment to engage and support all our learners by using modern technology resources across our curriculum and learning programmes,” said Mustafa Shevket, Director for Digital and Environmental Technologies. “Winning this award demonstrates how effectively we have developed employer, staff and student relationships and how much potential there is for new technologies to create more development opportunities in the further education sector.”

Apprenticeships in Digital and Aerial Installation launched last year in partnership with Sky are delivered in the College’s Digital Technology suite. The pioneering learning programme has been supported by excellent IT resources for the apprentices aged between 16 and 19 who travel into Birmingham from across the UK once every eight weeks. They have each been issued with a mini-laptop and are encouraged to stay in touch with their college tutors through email, telephone and SMS.

The College’s investment in mobile learning technologies including ultra-mobile PCs, portable gaming devices, iPods, tablet PCs and personal digital assistants (PDAs) has also created opportunities for staff to work more effectively through the use of a virtual learning environment which delivers interactive resources and assignments. Communication has also improved through the launch of an online SharePoint facility which offers up-to-date information and policy and procedure details.

“We’re delighted to have received this recognition from BECTA and look forward to continuing to demonstrate our excellence in the field of new technologies,” continued Mustafa Shevket.

Becta is the government agency leading the national drive to ensure the effective and innovative use of technology throughout learning. For details of the Next Generation Learning Awards visit www.becta.org.uk

For further information about Birmingham Metropolitan College, call 0845 155 0101, or 0121 503 8500 or visit www.bmetc.ac.uk


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