Bicton students benefit from £185,000 cash boost

PUBLISHED: 11:16 05 February 2009 | UPDATED: 10:25 10 June 2010

WORK-based students from Bicton College are to benefit from a share of £185,000 cash boost for new mobile digital devices.

WORK-based students from Bicton College are to benefit from a share of £185,000 cash boost for new mobile digital devices.

The Flip IT project seeks to transform the learning experience of vocational learners with limited access to IT and create stronger links between industry and the classroom.

Bicton and Exeter colleges have been awarded a total sum of £185,000 for the joint scheme from the Mobile Learning Network (MoLeNET) - an organisation which supports and promotes further education mobile learning.

The money will enable devices such as palm top devices and video cameras to be bought for work-based learners from the two colleges.

It will also go towards paying for increased wireless network provision at Bicton College's engineering workshops.

Agriculture and engineering work-based learners within rural areas of Devon will be issued with wireless access, enabling face-to-face contact with tutors and access to learning material through connection to the Bicton College network.

Bicton College learning technology manager Bill Pearson said: "This research project is a fantastic opportunity to reach out across the county using mobile technology to enhance and enrich work-based learning students' experiences.

"We will be able to provide one to one tutorial support for our learners whilst they are in the workplace. The technology will enable them to record and share work practices with fellow students around the county.

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