Many learners on the frst year o a two-year course – suchas the Level 3 CACHE (Council or Awards in Children’s Careand Education) diploma course in child care and education –experience difculties in making the transition betweendierent levels o study. Unit 2 o the CACHE diploma atGreenwich Community College is studied part way throughthe frst year and requires learners to demonstrate skills inassessing a child’s development alongside knowledge otheories and government policy. Initially, learners – typicallyschool leavers with limited prior experience – ound theunit challenging.
In this example, the course tutor drew on institutional supportto create and adapt resources or a course site on the VLE togive learners more control over the pace, timing and locationo their learning.Developing a course presence on a VLE has many advantages.Online resources extend learning beyond the classroom.Learners are better able to take a more active role inmanaging their learning – or example, by accessing learningmaterials at a time or in a place convenient to them, testingtheir knowledge and receiving eedback via online quizzes,and gaining support rom discussion orums and blogs, nowcommonly integrated into VLEs.Schemes o work located on a VLE make the structure andlearning objectives o a course more transparent to learners.Links to online resources within a scheme o work provideadditional opportunities to develop or reinorce learners’skills and conceptual understanding. Additional resourcescan be included to extend the potential o stronger learnersand support the progress o less able learners.The initiative at Greenwich had a notable impact in theclassroom. Whereas previously the CACHE diploma classeswere dependent on PowerPoint
presentations, a liveliervariety o digital and ace-to-ace activities has enhancedthe experience o learning.
Blending digital with ace-to-ace learning
Greenwich Community College
What is a Virtual LearningEnvironment (VLE)?
A VLE is an online system comprising a range o toolsto support learning and the management o learning.For example, VLEs provide online access to learningresources and support peer-to-peer and learner-to-tutorcommunication.
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