TeachingHOW2s today announced its partnership with Dumfries and Galloway College (DGC) to deliver its teacher development platform, designed to provide pedagogical on-demand expertise to unlimited numbers of educators.
DGC’s decision to implement the HOW2 Platform follows an institution-wide review of Career Long Professional Learning (CLPL) requirements within the college which highlighted an overwhelming need for tools to support lecturers with their pedagogical training for the classroom, workload issues, and hybrid learning requirements.
The decision was also influenced by recently published College Development Network (CDN) data which highlights critical areas for development across Scotland’s Further Education (FE) sector relating to professional learning opportunities for lecturers, namely;
A clear-cut need for training related to pedagogy and classroom practice — as opposed to leadership
The need for time-effective, asynchronous training methods
Over 160 step-by-step, visual guides to evidence-based teaching (EBT) techniques, available on the HOW2 Platform at any time, from any device, and a unique range of easy-to-use social learning features will empower DGC lecturers to lead their own learning, share expertise, and work collegially to develop their practice.
The HOW2 Platform’s unique ability to meet lecturers’ immediate and ongoing, individualised learning needs was an additional factor in the college’s decision to implement the innovative teacher development solution.
He added: “We cannot simply refer to a broad set of professional standards or use PI data as a tool to force improvement. The HOW2 Platform fits into crucial strategic priorities for us as an organisation, namely improving student outcomes and using the power of digital tools to drive improvement in performance.”
The HOW2 Platform will also support DGC’s efforts to raise the profile of teaching and learning across its campuses and address additional areas identified for development.
In addition, it will play a key role in supporting lecturers to meet the General Teaching Council (GTC) for Scotland’s recently updated Standard for Provisional Registration. Set to take effect in April 2023, the new requirement applies to college lecturers who do not yet hold a GTC Scotland-recognised or equivalent teaching qualification.
Dumfries and Galloway College is an FE and HE institution with campuses in Dumfries and Stranraer. It is one of the main employers and providers of learning and training across the South of Scotland, with programmes ranging from senior-phase school partnerships to higher education.
The HOW2 Teacher Development Platform empowers educators to lead their own professional learning and work collegially to strengthen their practice.
Delivering systematic, evidence-based, pedagogical on-demand expertise for unlimited numbers of teachers — the HOW2 Platform offers 100% scalable support, building teaching and learning capacity across entire teaching institutions — or networks of institutions — without the costs and inconvenience typically associated with in-person workshops and conferences.
Available anytime, from any device, the HOW2 visual guides to Evidence-Based Teaching (EBT) techniques come in various visual formats, including info-graphics and click-through presentation screens. The guides’ precise, step-by-step, easy-to-navigate nature makes learning and adapting the techniques quick and easy whether it’s for the classroom, lab, or workspace, accelerating the application of high-impact practices that have been shown to build student learning and close equity gaps.
The HOW2 Platform is used by Community Colleges, Further and Higher Education colleges, schools, independent vocational training providers, and public organisations in the UK, the US, and Canada.
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