Heart of Worcestershire College

Heart of Worcestershire College is the largest further education college in Worcestershire County offering a wide range of vocational and technical courses in specialist subject areas alongside a vast array of apprenticeships and higher education courses. From courses for school leavers to affordable higher education and professional qualifications, we pride ourselves in delivering job related qualifications in high quality environments to enable our students to achieve a positive and bright future.

Our Journey With Educational Technology

HoW College has been a Microsoft Showcase College since 2018 and is the home of the highly-reputed, national Blended Learning Consortium. HoW College uses tools across the Office365 suite and Moodle but can provide support across a number of LMS, as we currently do with our network of institutions across the Blended Learning Consortium.

Heart of Worcestershire College has delivered a blended learning curriculum for over 5 years and introduced the SOLA (Scheduled Online Learning and Assessment) model in 2014 which gives learners one hour of blended learning on their timetable at Level 2 and two hours at Level 3. This time is used for development of vocationally relevant and contextualised digital skills. Digital Learning Advisors structure focused online learning and activities aligned to the study programme scheme of work for learners to work through independently. The SOLA model has since been successfully replicated by several institutions across the UK.

We have developed significant experience through the management of the Blended Learning Consortium and the delivery of the SOLA model to support institutions to develop a sustainable approach to delivering blended learning, underpinned by effective pedagogical practice.

We will be supporting colleagues with user guides and webinars and can provide bespoke support depending on your needs. Support can be offered from getting started with technology through to guidance on which tools to use for different aspects of teaching, learning and assessment.