Inverness College UHI and its partners North Highland College UHI and West Highland College UHI celebrate after winning the Digital Learning Award for its virtual school offering at the College Development Network (CDN) Awards.
The CDN Awards recognize the talent, innovation and achievement of Scottish colleges, their staff and learners.
CDN’s award is the third accolade for the virtual school offering, which won the Outstanding Use of Technology in Distance Teaching and Learning category at the Tes FE Awards in May.
Most recently, the offer was shortlisted for Best Use of Technology in Education at the Herald Digital Transformation Awards.
The virtual school offering recognizes the innovative use of digital technology by colleges to deliver classes to S4, S5 and S6 students in remote and rural areas of the Highland Council region.
In collaboration with Highland Council, the three colleges developed Virtual School, which builds on the council’s Highland Virtual Academy initiative, allowing students to attend courses at a distance using e-learning technologies. , offering an accessible program to students living in remote and rural areas.
Virtual School complements the colleges senior phase program, which allows high school students to choose a college course to study for one day or all week, as part of their choice of options in S4, S5, and S6.
This allows students to access programs such as National 5s, Highers, Advanced Highers, Degree Modules, Skills for Work, Foundation Apprenticeships, National Progression Awards, and Professional Development Awards, which are not available at their high school. The subjects available to high school students are presented through the Highland Senior Phase website.
Lindsay Snodgrass, Deputy Director – Student Experience and Quality at Inverness College UHI, said:
“Using our expertise in distance learning, the virtual school offering meets the needs of our communities and the rurality of the Highland Council region by ensuring that S4, S5 and S6 students have access to a range of courses regardless of where they live, providing them with more options to study the subjects they want for the career they have chosen.
The virtual school offer is a testament to the benefits of working with other colleges within the university partnership and the Highland Council. “