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Activate Learning Case Study

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Activate Learning A Canvas Case Study: Further Education Powering a consistent digital learning experience in the wake of the Covid-19 closures www.instructure.com/canvas South East England (Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Surrey) 14,000 Users Started 2016 The Challenge Like every UK institution, Activate Learning has been significantly aected by the recent Coronavirus pandemic. In March 2020, the further education (FE) college group closed its doors to everyone except vulnerable students, instead delivering learning online in order to stem the tide of Covid-19 infections. Positively, using technology to power distance learning was already routine for Activate Learning. Using Canvas, its Virtual Learning Environment, the college group oers online modules for many students and blended learning experiences for more. Canvas has been embedded in the college group for three years, and has become the first stop for all students to submit coursework, receive feedback and monitor progress. It has helped teachers give feedback in dierent formats including video and audio - making learning more engaging and collaborative. Indeed, since implement- ing Canvas, student and sta access and participation activity has increased by more than 300 per cent, reaching more than two million hits to the platform at the end of 2019. In fact, the biggest challenge for Activate Learning in recent weeks hasn't been getting the technology up and running or persuading students that their learning is protected during campus closures, but instead is in training all sta on how to get the most out of the VLE, especially for remote delivery. The Solution For Activate Learning, the training process started several weeks before the announcement was made to close campuses - making sure that every sta member was prepared for the shifting learning landscape. Important too has been accessibility. The college's digital accessibility expert Kim Blanchard worked through every module and course against an accessibility checklist to make sure that all of the students can make the most of their learning experience, whatever their needs. Kim has been leading a tight ship through her develop- ment team in ensuring the college group's online provision is enriched with in-house developed resources especially for vocational areas such as 360 and VR video experiences. Key Findings Canvas has helped Activate Learning deliver a consis- tently engaging and impactful learning experience during the Coronavirus pandemic, helping students stay connected with their peers and teachers Canvas has been embedded at Activate Learning since 2016, replacing fragmented technology products and increasing student engagement by 300 per cent 01 02

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