Super College expands online learning with Klik2learn

City of Glasgow College partners with educational software company to enhance its online learning provision for students.

A collaboration with Glasgow based Klik2learn will see content from the college’s suite of vocational programmes made available within a digital learning hub.

The first courses to be developed are aimed at students of English as a Second or Other Language (ESOL), enabling the college to meet local demand and continue recruiting students from overseas during the pandemic.

Paul Little, Principal and Chief Executive at City of Glasgow College, said:

“We recognise the importance of developing our portfolio of online and blended learning programmes to meet the changing study needs of our students as we navigate this current pandemic. I welcome our new partnership with Klik2learn which will broaden and focus that offering. Our college has a large global footprint and we are in discussion with partners across the world on delivering our online and blended learning programmes to meet and address identified skills gaps.”

Ann Attridge, founder of Klik2learn, said:

“City of Glasgow College is leading the way with digital innovation. They see the opportunities presented by digital education, particularly in relation to international students. Our collaboration is a step forward in recognising the benefits blended learning can offer in terms of individualised learning and faster progress. It also reflects the huge demand from students and tutors for accredited online learning content.”

Students using Klik2Learn’s learning hub will be guided through courses remotely, with access to digital, audio and video source material. They will be able to work with other students and communicate remotely with tutorial staff in real time.

The company’s Journey2BasicSkills fills a gap in the market for learners with no prior knowledge of English. Combined with Journey2English, all levels of the English language are covered from pre-beginner to upper intermediate levels. The software can be downloaded onto smartphones and has already been used by refugees from Syria and Iraq in the UK.

David Cullen, Associate Dean, Languages and ESOL, City of Glasgow College, said:

“This is an incredible opportunity to make ESOL learning more relevant and accessible to our many students, both at home and abroad, while increasing employment opportunities. The learning hub will provide up to date resources for teachers and trainers that can support learning in an innovative and stimulating way.”

Journey2English, accredited by the Scottish Qualifications Authority and City & Guilds, can be delivered with or without any tutor involvement. It gives students the reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills necessary for studying, working, and living in an English speaking environment.

While the agreement between City of Glasgow College and Klik2learn is initially aimed at courses for non-native English speakers, other digitised courses for a range of technical and professional courses will also become available. The hub will have a learning management system, reporting dashboard functionality and the ability for tutors to connect with students on group chat.