Welcome to the eighth in a new series of weekly insights, delving into the lives and thoughts of college staff working from home.
This week we hear from Jenny Lewty Jones, who is a lecturer in A Level and Access Psychology at Coleg Llandrillo.
Before the closure of college, I had already begun my usual gearing up to the exams in that I had created and uploaded a student friendly, date specific, colour coded plan of work to my google classroom. I had set tasks and clear deadlines as I was very nearly the end of the specification so could prescribe the final few topics we needed to cover. Extra resources and video links were provided to help support the student but never in a million years would I expect students to learn how to calculate inferential statistical tests via distance learning which is precisely what they are doing! I am so impressed with the way my group has conducted themselves and even as I write this, I have received a full completed past paper for informal feedback. Although they are to receive predicted grades, the majority of my AS learners appreciate that learning must continue and see the importance of gaining the skills which they need in order to commence the A2 year.
My adult Access learners were extremely quick to embrace technology and took no time to suggest recording and uploading their oral presentations to me using their smartphones and a shared google folder. I personally believe the quality of their presentations have improved as they have the freedom to be creative or maybe it's because they felt less restricted in their own environment? This has led me to think about this particular assessment method mode of submission in the future. For many of my learners who are key workers, I am more than willing to meet at a time suitable to them. I feel it is the least I can do to ensure they feel a sense of achievement and completion as we near the end of their studies. I want them to feel proud of the work they put into their diploma just as I feel proud of them taking up care roles and retail positions serving our local community in this difficult time.
As we face talk of lockdown lifts and the return to work, normally around this time of the year I have more time to focus on my schemes of work. The reality is that the Covid situation has changed my approach to teaching and learning and it has changed my perspective of online learning which most definitely will be included in those schemes of work.