Derby College

DCG is a large general further education College centred in Derby and is committed to making a positive difference to the area and young people’s lives. Through excelling in all that we do we challenge students to achieve their best and acquire the skills that will allow them to aspire to further study, employment and access lifelong learning opportunities.

The Group consists of The Joseph Wright post-16 Academic and Arts college; the Roundhouse Technical and Professional Skills college; Broomfield Hall Land-based and Leisure college; Ilkeston Community College and the St James Centre.

DCG works in close partnership with more than 3,000 employers who support us by co-designing and co-delivering the College curriculum and a wide range of apprenticeships.

Our Journey With Educational Technology

DCG is a Microsoft Showcase College and has substantial experience in using Microsoft Solutions across all areas of the College. Training and support is provided by our EdTech team of 8 staff who work closely with our College advanced practitioners and the Library team who provide EdTech advice and guidance for our students. We currently have three instances of Moodle supporting our main student cohort, our commercial sector students and most recently students who are coming to us from Schools next year.

College teaching is focused around the use of research informed practice and the use of technology is no exception. Last year one of the projects included a trial on the use of VR headsets to engage students by improving mood. The College is also investing in an immersive classroom to support the development of our T level provision. We are also currently rolling out an initial pilot to use OneNote as an ePortfolio solution and using 360-degree cameras to develop walk through materials for students, particularly those with anxiety issues. Our Teaching and Learning Innovation lead has also recently set up a Teaching and Learning podcast which is freely available to the community (see the link below).

The College already has experience of delivering remote teaching and learning through our online courses and our support for home-based students. Since the beginning of lockdown our teachers have moved across to using Microsoft Teams for remote delivery and in our recent student survey, we are very pleased that the vast majority of students are using Teams and feel that they remain connected to their teacher.

Setting up assignments in Teams