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GVS Blended Learning Research Project 2017-2018

Initiated in August 2017, this project was aimed to gather information on various teaching practices utilising Blended Learning approaches, and to use this information to further develop and enhance i-GVS products and our delivery platform, GVS PiLOT. The research project is a continuous line of work being carried out in conjunction with several colleges, and is a part of the cooperation agreements signed between GVS and each college.

In the academic year 2017-2018, three colleges are have actively participated in the research project, those being:

  • Hopwood Hall College
  • Heart of Worcestershire College
  • Basingstoke College of Technology

These colleges are some of the UK’s leading establishments, with technological and digital strategies at the forefront of their teaching, making them valuable project participants.

As part of the cooperation and research process, Global Vocational Skills provided to the colleges:

  • User licences for i-GVS products
  • Free access to the cloud-based platform GVS PiLOT
  • New product trials and previews
  • Full support and training of college staff on how to use and benefit from the GVS Solution
  • Free access to the CMS (Content Management System) tool, for creation of bespoke learning courses and surface-level editing  

In return, the tutors and the curriculum managers of the above colleges cooperated in the research project by:

  • Actively using i-GVS products throughout the academic year 2017-2018
  • Participating in regular staff training on how to use digital technology in their delivery
  • Participating in termly research and feedback meetings
  • Providing anonymous progress reports to help assess and improve the effectiveness of the GVS Solution
  • Submitting attendance records and schemes of work designed to address various delivery issues
  • Providing feedback and development suggestions for the GVS products and platform improvement, including the LTI (Learning Tools Interoperability) connection
  • Providing expert consultations to support the development of new products as subject matter experts and contributing authors

As a result, findings from the research project 2017-2018 were utilised to:

  • Outlined a number of Blended Learning methodologies with real-life examples of practices used in the UK colleges
  • Identify the key ‘pain points’ in the definition and interpretation of blended learning by colleges
  • Describe basic college infrastructure and staffing changes required to implement their digital strategies
  • Open an opportunity and new focus for further research work activities with the current and new colleges in the UK
  • Attract widespread interest from the FE sector decision makers and subject matter experts, including internationally
  • Aid further GVS product development

As a way of disseminating the valuable information gained as a result of the research carried out, GVS also hosted a Blended learning conference with thought provoking presentations and engaging workshops, providing a platform for open discussion and the sharing of experiences.

The intention for the project during the academic year 2018-2019 is to work with more colleges, to obtain a broader picture of how they are using digital technology, and which types of blended learning work best for them.

If you would like to participate in our Blended Learning Research Project in the next academic year or to request a free demo of our content, please get in touch.

Click below to see the full final report for the GVS Blended Learning Research Project 2017-2018 as well as view case studies from our previous work with colleges.