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New era for Learner Voice
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Pembrokeshire College is supporting a local social enterprise in the development of an innovative online service which enables any community to capture ideas, rate and discuss them before turning popular ideas into action.
College experts in HCI (human computer interaction) have helped the business develop their new service by using the College as a ‘test bed’. The resulting innovative online platform engages learners, inspiring them to come up with and rate each other’s ideas to improve college life. It was unveiled at last week’s AoC conference where research was undertaken to determine whether the college’s Learner Voice provision, by using VocalEyes, could become a product for wider use.
The College has been using VocalEyes since September 2011 to underpin its Learner Voice strategy and interactions have gone from around 100 to 15,000. The system has enabled the College to seriously ‘listen’ to what learners say and then take action. Unlike previous methods of gauging student opinion, VocalEyes inspires comment and opinion in an easily-manageable digital format that empowers participants to make things happen.
Another test bed has been set up at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David where the head of the Institute on Sustainability, Jane Davidson, (the former Welsh Government minster for education and sustainability), is now has been championing it.
The College has been able to provide support through the Welsh Government’s Early Stage Development Fund, part of its wider Academics for Business A4B strategy and interest in the system was so strong at the AoC conference that the new company was able to take its first order.
Director of Learner Services at Pembrokeshire College, Maxine Thomas, commented: “Learner Voice has been placed at the very heart of capturing students’ views within the College. VocalEyes has provided an opportunity for the College to take Learner Voice into a new era. We had over 10,000 user interactions in four months.”
The ESDF project is funded by the Welsh Government's Academia for Business Funds (A4B) and the European Regional Development Fund.