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Outstanding Learning Technology Work Rewarded

Technology AwardCentral College Nottingham has received an award from emfec and the Education and Training Foundation. As part of an ongoing project involving colleges and training providers across the East Midlands, Central College Nottingham has earned an Outstanding Teaching, Learning and Assessment (OTLA).

Central College Nottingham’s project aim was to research how 16 to 18 year-old learners prefer to learn via online delivery. The team worked in partnership with Street League and the Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies to identify how specific styles of online learning engage different types and levels of learners. One success from the project was recognising higher engagement and attainment through an online assessment for the School of Construction, compared to paper based marked questions. The school now intends to deliver this unit online from this academic year.

Jo Shirley, Head of Training and Learning Technologies at Central said:

“As a result of work undertaken as part of this project we are able to provide learners with any time, any place engaging online learning this year. It has already resulted in positive feedback from learners. Online learning and activity will now be embedded into the wider curriculum.”

The project will culminate with The Power of Collaboration, an Outstanding Teaching, Learning and Assessment Forum taking place on 2 December in Nottingham. The Forum is free and is open to all practitioners across the UK with an interest in innovative and collaborative approaches to teaching, learning and assessment. To find out more and book your place, visit

emfec is a membership body with charitable status that provides a wide range of services and impartial support to colleges, providers, and partners within the further education and skills sector.

The Education and Training Foundation works with teachers, leaders and businesses to help them deliver excellent Further and Vocational education and training.