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To support the delivery of specialist land based education and training, Land Based Learning Ltd has released a range of interactive learning materials through LBL Online. The material has been designed to engage students and increase their knowledge and understanding of land based subjects.

The first materials to be rolled will cover animal science topics related to horse management, agriculture and animal management. Horse management units were the first to be provided and agriculture and animal management materials will follow later this month.

The horse management materials include interactive lessons, support materials and assessments to aid student development.

  • Body Systems
  • Horse Reproduction
  • Nutrition
  • Cells, tissues and sensory organs
  • Breeding and genetics

The materials will be provide subscribing colleges with high quality teaching and learning materials designed to improve the learning experience, enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of providers and continue to meet the ever-changing needs of employers and the community.

The LBL initiative will help specialist providers to adopt many of the proposals put forward by the Further Education Learning Technology Action Group (FELTAG).

Benefits to Students

  • Accessible content through several devices - mobile, tablet and laptops
  • Interesting and user friendly content
  • Concise information and assessment to assist with passing examinations
  • Animation and activities that develop learning and understanding
  • Immediate feedback on progress and grades achieved
  • Enables learning to fit with a 24/7 lifestyle

“Land Based Learning Online provides you with a simple, single logon through the College Learning Management System (LMS) and engages your students through animated and activity based content allowing you to focus learners contact time building their understanding of the subject. This is an exciting project for staff and students, and I really hope you will take every opportunity to get involved.”

Russell Marchant – Principal, Hartpury College

Benefits to Tutorial Staff

  • Easy access for students to high quality online learning materials and formative assessment
  • Reduces preparation time
  • Provides a simple, single log on through the College Learning Management System (LMS)
  • Engages students through animated and activity based content
  • Allows learners’ contact time to be focussed upon building their understanding of the subject
  • Encourages students to carry out pre and post classroom study 24/7
  • Enables monitoring of individual/ group assessment and tracking of student progress
  • Reduced marking time
  • The material available will be continually evolving and regularly refreshed to remain current

Other areas of content under development are plant and soil science which are focused on building an understanding of the interaction between plants and soil.

Each course area is divided into 5 topic areas which details through the use of interactive content how plants grow through photosynthesis, respiration and water uptake and respond to different soils and organic matter.

Understanding how plants grow and respond to different growing conditions is particularly important in the competitive horticulture sector. The topic areas provide the content necessary to build an understanding of how plants grow.

Landex and the University of Northampton work in partnership to develop an online learning platform fit for the future

The University of Northampton, in collaboration with Land Based Colleges Aspiring to Excellence (Landex), is proud to announce the launch of a new online learning platform, Land Based Learning Online, specifically designed to engage and build Further Education students' understanding of land-based subjects at a foundation level. The new platform, available now, will allow UK colleges to further enhance the curriculum and the way that their students study.

Land Based learning Online will feature user-friendly interactive lessons and support materials, all accessible across a range of mobile devices. The system encourages collaborative learning 24/7, with students able to access the content at a time that fits into their work and social commitments. Based around land based subjects including animal science, horse management and agriculture, Land Based learning Online will feature fresh and continually evolving content, ensuring learners enrich their learning with real-life case studies. The system will offer students immediate feedback on their progress and the grades achieved. Other content areas under development include plaint and soil science, focussing on building an understanding of the interaction between plants and soil across the subject areas of agriculture and horticulture.

Ian Brooks, Executive Dean of Northampton Business School and Chairman of Land Based Learning Ltd, commented: "The University of Northampton is committed to delivering outstanding life-changing opportunities in education. In this collaborative project we are further cementing our new learning and teaching strategy, sharing the University of Northampton's best practice and expertise in learning technology and curriculum development, at a Further Education level. We hope this system will build upon the already fantastic work that Further Education colleges are doing in ensuring their students learn and develop ready for Degree-level study."

Chris Moody, Director of Land Based Learning Ltd, explained: "Land Based Learning is a joint venture between Landex members of the University of Northampton – Landex (Land Based Colleges Aspiring to Excellence) members provide the subject expertise, the University of Northampton provides the learning technology and promotional experience, particularly in the overseas market. Land Based Learning materials will help providers meet the challenges laid out in the recent Further Education Learning Technology Action Group (FELTAG) report, and through potential delivery efficiencies – help to protect minority subjects and programs."

Russell Marchant, Principal of Hartpury College who uses and champions the system, commented: "Land Based Learning Online provides you with a simple, single logon through the College Learning Management System (LMS) and engages your students through animated and activity based content allowing you to focus learners contact time building their understanding of the subject. This is an exciting project for staff and students, and I really hope you will take every opportunity to get involved."

The Importance of ILT in Land based Education

Members of Landex ‘Land based Colleges Aspiring to Excellence’ recently attended a Blended Learning CPD Event addressing ‘The Strategic Use of Information and Learning Technology (ILT) in Land Based Education’.

The event, held at Hartpury College, Gloucestershire on 28th January 2015, brought together individuals from 15 institutions with responsibility for college ILT and e-learning strategies, alongside teachers seeking to enhance the use of technology in their delivery.

ETAG at the BETT Show end of January 2015

The Education Technology Action Group (ETAG) which was set up in February 2014 by ministers: Michael Gove, Matthew Hancock and David Willetts to promote the use of digital technology across the education sector will report the finding of its consultation phase at the BETT Show at the end of January 2015.

ETAG established 3 working groups focussing on the following areas:

  • Access, Equity and Funding; developed ideas and proposals about Infrastructure, Connectivity and procurement. Access anytime, anywhere and on any device needs fast broadband connection as a pre-requisite
  • Leadership, Information Sharing and Professional Development; developed ideas and recommendations on school leadership and developing technology strategies and how school leaders and teachers can keep their knowledge and skills up to date in this fast changing area.
  • Assessment and Accountability; ideas and proposals about On-screen Assessment, the use of Big Data and learning analytics and how accountability affects the way that schools use technology to enhance teaching and learning.

The mission of ETAG is to promote the use of digital technology across the schools, further education and higher education sectors for the benefit of students, employers and the wider economy.

ETAG is an independent group that builds on the work of the DfE Education Technology Group and by the Further Education Learning Technology Action Group (FELTAG).

The Culture of Blended Learning

A Blended Workshop is being held at Hartpury College on the 28th January 2015 to explore the benefits, and development, of a blended learning culture within Land based colleges.

Technology and software have advanced sufficiently to provide the opportunity for education to be delivered in a way that is designed to provide teaching, learning and assessment to the individual learner.

The benefits to curriculum delivery include:

  • Utilise software allowing easier monitoring of individual learners progress - accurately, regularly and remotely.
  • Reduce the burden of teaching on staff facing challenges in group sizes, dimensions of learners’ abilities and readiness to learn. Reduced time in marking and assessment feedback. Enabling more detailed/personalised feedback raising the likelihood of improved performance.
  • Greater scope to include examples of equality and diversity to broaden cultural understanding and encourage exploration of wider experiences.

The following participants will contribute to the sessions thought out the day to ensure that the benefits and opportunities of blended learning are fully explored:

  • Professor Belinda Tynan, Pro Vice-Chancellor Learning and Teaching, the Open University
  • Bob Harrison, FELTAG board member and Education Adviser, Toshiba Information Systems(UK)
  • Russell Marchant, Principal Hartpury College

There will also be an opportunity to view and experience first-hand the interactive learning materials being produce for Land Based Colleges Land Based Learning ltd.

Rollout of the LBL online learning materials

To support the delivery of specialist land based education and training, Land Based Learning Ltd are developing a range of interactive learning materials from both former Land Based Colleges National Collaboration (LBCNC) and in the future new source materials.

Priorities for sector and materials development is guided by the Landex Learning Materials and Technology Committee, chaired by a member of the Landex Board, to ensure that these match the interests and needs of specialist land based providers.

The work will support subscribing colleges by providing high quality teaching and learning materials designed to improve the learning experience, enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of providers and continue to meet the ever-changing needs of employers and the community.

The content which was initially prioritised for development by the Landex Materials & Technology Group, Equine Animal Science, is being rollout out to them for evaluation. This will then be quickly followed by content for Agriculture and Animal Management with Plant and Soil Science subject areas following at the end of January.

The Animal Science Section is focused on building an understanding of the basic Principles of Body Systems across the areas of Horse Management, Agriculture and Animal Management. Each course area contains a number of topic areas with contain interactive lessons, support materials and assessment to aid student development.

There are four course areas covering the subject areas of:

  • Body Systems
  • Horse Reproduction.
  • Cells, Tissues and Sensory Organs
  • Breeding & Genetics

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