East Riding College (ERC) is a provider of further and higher education courses with campuses in Beverley, Bridlington, and Kingston upon Hull.
Our focus as dedicated educators is to extend our e-learning ecosystem and engage our learners with updated resources and materials. Our efforts are to continuously improve the quality of the learning environment through the implementation of optimum strategies, digital technologies, and engaging activities
The e-Learning team works closely with Management and Academic staff to improve our provision and give guidance on how new technologies can be implemented in the classroom.
We pride ourselves in empowering members of staff to take advantage of developing and existing technologies and the availability of these resources to students. It is important to us that students get the most of their time at East Riding College and believe that access to e-Learning and digital resources is an essential part of the student experience.
At present we are exploring the usefulness of
Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented reality (AR) technologies
within education and experimenting with the use of 360-degree photography and video capture.
360 Degree Images
East Riding College is now in possession of 3D printers which is being used to make a variety of items. The printer also allows for the tangible results of CAD drawings for student assessment/projects which show errors and allow for rectification prior to using costly real resources.
Blended Learning Consortium (BLC)
East Riding College are members of the Blended Learning Consortium (BLC) where a vast amount of learning content is specifically created for the Further Education (FE) sector. By joining the BLC, the college accesses and uploads packages onto the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). All this content is correct, current and now accessibility compliant.
Our staff also regularly attend (BLC) regional conferences, this is where updates are shared, and feedback collected to assist future developments. The BLC also provides material in media format and member colleges are sometimes given the opportunity to produce video content, which when approved, can net the provider £500 for each one. At present we are overseeing the production of videos by two Higher Education Computing students doing work experience in the eLearning Centre.
Avocor Digital Screens
At present the East Riding College IT department has a strategy to replace projectors with the more longer lasting Avocor Digital Screens. At present we have a total of 13 screens and as these need minimum training to use, they have been welcomed by our tutors.
These Avocor screens give a true tablet like experience with a swipe functionality and have anti-glare and anti-fingerprint glass allowing for smooth writing, they are portable so apart from classrooms they can be utilized in public areas i.e. themed weeks and open evenings.
Clinical Skills Centre
The Clinical Skills Centre at the Bridlington campus now houses a sophisticated robotic “dummy” patient which can be programmed to simulate symptoms and diseases. This allows for practical assessment and practice in observation skills students need in a realistic health care environment.