A Doncaster College lecturer has received £5,000 towards developing an App to help his students develop their skills.
Chris Medwell, 29, a lecturer in Skills for Life at Doncaster College, takes up the story,
“I have been studying for an Masters degree in Education Innovation and Enterprise at University Centre Doncaster, and as part of my final dissertation/project I designed an electronic ILP and target tracker, designed for learners with learning difficulties and disabilities.
“I entered a JiSC competition called ‘The Summer of Student Innovation’, with the winning ideas receiving £5000 funding towards developing their project. I needed at least 150 votes from the public, and they had to include at least 3 different educational institutions.”
The competition was nationwide and received coverage in the Times Educational Supplement.
Chris, who’s naming his project Profectus eILP, continued: “When I received the votes I needed, the idea went through to a panel that decided the winners. The panel consisted of innovators, developers and teachers. I am now in the process of developing the eILP, hopefully as an App for smartphones/tablets. There are other exciting additions and developments in the pipeline as well.
Once the eILP is up and running it will target tracking and course reviewing.
“It will help the learner voice become more accessible and inclusive.” Said Chris, from Scawsby and an ex-Doncaster College media student, “The App will give students ownership of their targets and make it easier to track and monitor learning goals and achievements.”