The South of Scotland Economic Partnership recently invested £6.6 million into the South of Scotland. This major investment created a partnership between Dumfries and Galloway College and Borders College. Dumfries and Galloway College now had an opportunity to transform the way they delivered the curriculum and reach a
much larger audience.
How to reach across the entire South of Scotland? They needed to meet the learning needs of two colleges with geographically dispersed campuses, as well as the needs of the larger community.
– Dumfries and Galloway prides itself on being a ‘college without walls’ – this flexible learning ethos now needed to be expanded to reach out across two colleges and two local authorities.
– The solution needed to comply with the stringent cyber and information security policies – no easy task.
– The learning network needed to reach not just to college campuses, but into hubs within schools and community centres in rural areas.
– Both staff and students needed a user-friendly solution which could be instantly adopted without training or technical knowledge.They needed a learning network that would effortlessly connect both colleges and communities, reaching out across a wide geographical area.
They needed a learning network that would effortlessly connect both colleges and communities, reaching out across a wide geographical area.
Digital classrooms were the answer. But not using just any video conferencing equipment. They needed a platform which had been specifically designed for the education sector.
– The Vscene video collaboration platform delivered on flexibility, security and that all-important user-friendly setup.
– The simplicity of the system was a real success. Teachers could teach in their usual style, without worrying about technical issues.
– The digital classrooms were fully future-proof, capable of expansion whenever required.
The ‘college without walls’ ethos has been enhanced with the introduction of Vscene platform. Now the college really can reach into every corner of the rural community. By extending access to education across the whole region, learners can develop skills without having to leave their workplace or in the comfort of their own homes.
Joanna Campbell, Principal, Dumfries & Galloway College commented:
“Flexible learning and creating an environment that allows our students to learn in a way that works for them has always been a priority for our college and the current COVID pandemic has made this doubly so.
“We at Dumfries and Galloway College aspire to truly create a ‘campus without walls’ ethos across our college and the Vscene platform and the innovative digital classrooms facility that it offers will go a long way to helping us do that.”
“My team and I have been delighted by the results we’ve seen so far and we anticipate eagerly its further benefit to our students, especially those who live in the more rural parts of our beautiful region in the South of Scotland.”