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For all colleges, this is clearly a challenging time, but the team at Activate Learning believes that it presents an opportunity for all of its sta and students to experience the potential benefits of online learning. "For us, 'online' doesn't just mean a video to watch or a portal on which to submit work - virtual learning can be as diverse and as engaging as face to face tutelage," explains Sharmen Ibrahim, Digital Education Services Manager. "For example, we use confer- ences for live lessons - with breakout 'rooms' where students can work together in groups (Big Blue Button is a great resource here). Interactive whiteboards, polls and discussions help keep students engaged - and access to our entire library of resources online through ebooks help students extend their learning independently. Data capture is invaluable too in helping teachers and students track progress." www.instructure.com/canvas "For us, 'online' doesn't just mean a video to watch or a portal on which to submit work - virtual learning can be as diverse and as engaging as face to face tutelage. For example, we use conferences for live lessons - with breakout 'rooms' where students can work together in groups (Big Blue Button is a great resource here). Interactive whiteboards, polls and discussions help keep students engaged - and access to our entire library of resources online through ebooks help students extend their learning independently. Data capture is invaluable too in helping teachers and students track progress." SHARMEN IBRAHIM Digital Education Services Manager The Results Of course, the first priority for Activate Learning right now is to help look after the health of its community - and there's a lot of work for us to do for everyone in education to protect learning. But Sharmen Ibrahim believes that the immediate need is setting the sector up for a more positive learning experience in the long run. She says: "We know students want to learn on demand (just look at their viewing habits for evidence here - with Netflix and Amazon Prime now much more popular than live TV amongst a younger audience) and we know that learners respond if they're empowered to set their own agenda and take charge of their learning. It will be really interesting to look at progress and attainment during this time - I suspect that students may not suer in the way the public fears, but are able to continue to thrive." And for the college group, the ways in which Canvas is being used is continuing to expand above and beyond the immediate need. "This year, we are taking our use of Canvas to a dierent level" continues Sharmen. "Our online portal will nudge students with wellness activities, tips and events - as well as acting as a one-stop-shop for students to find information on all the support we oer. It will also enable learners to improve their digital skills with the use of Mastery Paths, supporting our vision to enhance sta and student digital capabilities in line with Jisc recommendations."

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