How to plan teaching and learning for your apprentices remotely
Remote learning isn’t new to apprenticeships. Many colleges and training providers have been using online systems to deliver apprenticeships for years – blending a mix of in-person visits with remote support to deliver high-quality, consistent learning to apprentices.
But with toing and froing of working from home due to restrictions, apprenticeships have had to adapt to being solely online for periods of time. Even for those providers already using apprenticeship software, this has come as a shock. Most people are used to a mix-and-match approach, so planning and delivering a full curriculum online when apprentices aren’t working as normal is a challenge.
Here’s how you can plan, assign and track your learner’s curriculum remotely with OneFile:
When you have your learner’s curriculum planned, you can create teaching and learning tasks in OneFile to meet the KSBs in the standard. You can set activities, assign learning content, create quizzes or add instructions. You can also attach resources to support learners.
Learners can reflect on what they’ve learned using the learning journal and attach evidence to prove their learning.
You can assign teaching and learning tasks to individual learners or group cohorts. You can make the task as flexible as you like by adding different completion times and places. Learners will be alerted when they’re set a task and can complete it on OneFile.
Each teaching and learning plan can be set to a different assessment method depending on the criteria – such as written questions, professional discussion or observation. You can also create learning content using a variety of blended learning, like embedded PowerPoint presentations, research, videos and quizzes to test knowledge. Depending on the method, learners can complete the tasks on their own, or schedule a remote meeting with their tutor.
Here's Cat Heaton from Hopwood Hall College explaining how they've used OneFile to maintain training and assessment during lockdown:
If learners are performing well, you can set stretch and challenge activities to help them progress even further.
As learners progress through their tasks, tutors are alerted to provide feedback. Tutors can comment on learner entries, annotate work or sign off work as completed. You can use this to provide developmental feedback against KSBs relating to pass, merit and distinction to support learners to achieve.
When feedback is posted, learners are notified and automatically sent the next task – it's as easy as that!
Each learner’s progression is displayed on a dashboard on the portfolio. Tutors can also run reports to track individual and cohort progression.
"Thank goodness for OneFile this week. They've enabled us to keep working with our apprentices in this uncertain time.'
To find out more about using OneFile to plan teaching and learning remotely, download your complete guide to remote learning.
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