The College is among only eight in the UK to have been shortlisted for the 2016 Times Educational Supplement Further Education Award for ‘outstanding use of technology for improving teaching and learning.’
“This is the first time we have entered for this national award following many years of sustained and significant investment in technology across the College and our relentless focus on the continuous improvement in teaching and learning,” said delighted Principal Stella Mbubaegbu.
“Congratulations to all our dedicated teachers, trainers and assessors and to the Digital Futures team for this well-deserved achievement.”
Cathy Ellis, the College’s Director of Research & Development said the Highbury Digital Futures team facilitates creativity and innovation at all levels, encouraging staff and students to think differently.
Recent innovations include the launch of a digital maths academy to make maths more accessible.
“We made it available for free on the internet and attracted – without any promotion beyond a few tweets – visitors from over 15 countries in the first seven days,” said Cathy. “This is just one example of taking to scale the power of technology to transform and enrich lives.”
Highbury is also among the first FE colleges in the UK to have introduced Canvas, a leading-edge virtual learning environment for students and staff to further support new ways of learning and working.
More than 100 providers, individuals and teams are in the running for a total of 14 TES FE awards. The winners will be announced at a glittering ceremony at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel on 22 April.