Leeds College of Music (LCoM) is a leading progressive conservatoire, renowned for providing a hub for high-quality musical activity. It is a member of Conservatoires UK and is the newest and largest British conservatoire, with around 1,200 full-time HE and FE students.
Technology Enhanced Learning is underpinned by pedagogical need and the conservatoire’s learning and teaching strategy. LCoM’s courses in classical music, jazz, popular music, music production, film music and music business provide springboards into leading roles in the music profession. Students study with top practitioners and work in professional and semi-professional contexts, as part of their courses, through the college’s extensive industry and community partnerships. The specialist nature of the courses offered at LCoM has encouraged the development of a wide range of technology enhanced learning initiatives and projects including:
- Lecture capture and streaming
- Online learning objects
- Augmented Reality
- Community of Inquiry
- ePortfolio assessment practices
- Flipped learning
LCoM has a VLE system with Moodle at the centre and includes the following integrated systems:
- Mahara ePortfolio
- Panopto AV platform
- Adobe Connect
These systems, along with an integration of Moodle and the student records system, have enabled all assessments to be managed electronically. Technology is used to ensure the learning outcomes of the module can be demonstrated fully, whether via ePortfolio, video evidence, written assessment or audio recordings. EMA has also enabled the use of audio or video feedback in relevant disciplines. LCoM has been shortlisted for the 2016 Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Award for Outstanding Digital Innovation in Management and Administration for this system.