Article summary: Dr Althea de Souza and Mike James have respectively been studying for PGCE FE and CertEd qualifications at the University of Portsmouth through St Vincent College.
When the first lockdown commenced, they had to quickly adapt to both studying and teaching in a different way. At the time, they were studying blended learning as part of their courses. Blended learning is the combination of face-to face teaching with remote teaching, and synchronous and asynchronous delivery.
They immediately put into practice what they had learnt using PETA’s virtual learning environment, myPETA.online. They produced a range of materials to support and engage with their learners, minimising the disruption to their education during the lockdowns.
Their tutor at St Vincent College, Julie North, used their teaching as an example of best practice, specifically for remote learning of subjects that include a practical element. She commented that by sharing their ideas, Althea and Mike had helped other educationalists to learn from their experiences.
Althea and Mike both teach on a range of PETA engineering apprenticeship programmes as well as corporate courses. Althea is mainly classroom based, focusing on subjects such as maths and science, while Mike, a welder by trade, leads on many of the more hands-on, workshop based elements.
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