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Leeds pioneers lesson planner

15 May 2012

Leeds City College has developed an interactive session planning tool to enhance its teaching and learning.

The lesson planner, used for its 16-18 vocational programmes, enables staff to view how colleagues have used technology in their lessons, and enables tutors to incorporate the planning tools into their own delivery.

The College, the UK’s third largest FE establishment, set up the project using an LSIS Curriculum Development Grant. 

The College hopes this current project will lead to personalised and more effective learning, resulting in programmes which engage and respond to students’ needs.

Initial feedback on the project, which lasted three months, has been positive, with the interactive tool demonstrated to academic staff at the College’s Staff Development Day in March.

Tutors are recognising the value of the planning tool in helping to meet the needs of 21st century learning and students. Manager for Computing, Construction and Outdoor Activities and Learning Innovation Mentor Jonathan Wathen said: “It is a fantastic way to collaborate and share activities with fellow professionals.”

The College is continuing to invest and further develop the planner by adding to the bank of quality Technology Enhanced Learning activities for staff to ‘drag and drop’ into their lesson plans. 

Learning Innovation Projects Manager Gail Knowles said: “We are very proud of what we’ve achieved within a short timeframe.”

“The interactive planner will help staff develop sessions which incorporate appropriately blended activities to meet the needs of our students.  It also enables sharing good professional practice, peer support and development, and improving staff awareness of a range of user-rated TEL activities, while ultimately improving teaching and the learning experience for our students.”





Last updated: 14 January 2013