West Thames College: ‘The next steps – supporting progression’; and ‘Virtual Hair & Beauty’ and ‘Using e-portfolios for inspiration and assessment’.

Philip Butler:  #efactor2013 another interesting ppt from #westthames on learning packs for employability

Three Showcases

Photo by Phil Butler
Photo by Phil Butler

Showcase 1 The next steps – supporting progression


Online packs have been produced to support students with whichever pathway they choose, whether to higher study or employment. These packs are delivered though a supervised timetabled slot in the LRC. They are designed to focus and motivate students to complete their current studies successfully and give them the skills in order to progress to the next step.


Angela Rideau: West Thames College, great developments with progression, research skills and employability. We must catch up in this. #efactor2013

The project has been a collaborative one involving LRC information and research specialists working on academic research skills and the careers team working on employability skills. These packs are being piloted with a view to them supporting the new study programmes.

“Open and flexible resources at level 2 and level 3 which could either be dipped into or done the whole way through”

Showcase 2 Virtual Hair & Beauty – supporting employability: students as content producers

The Hair and Beauty Departments have been working as clients of the College’s media students to film and produce online video demonstrations of hair and beauty processes. Students have been involved in a real project and had to develop their employability skills in order to work to deadlines, customer service skills and client needs etc. The Hair and Beauty Departments have gained high quality specific resources to support students with their studies.

Showcase 3 Using e-portfolios for inspiration and assessment


Mahara e-portfolio system has been used to help students to complete assignments creatively, to inspire them and for staff to assess their work . The media and music department within College has piloted this approach this year to much success. This has enhanced the learner experience and online assessment has simplified the process of assessing digital work for staff. View examples of student work and how the assessments have been designed.

Presenter Bios

Penny Langford | penny.langford@west-thames.ac.uk | e-Learning Manager

Penny has been in a Learning Technologies / e-Learning Management role for a number of years. She has managed  Learning Technologists and content creation teams and to deliver  innovative online learning experiences.  She has been responsible for managing a major mobile learning project which led to the development of a mobile learning training, development and content creation space.
She is currently working on the support for new curriculum development, particularly the new Study Programmes, in terms of tracking, monitoring and quality of online delivery

Katy Roche – Learning Resources Manager

Katy has worked in education for a number of years in a variety of roles including teaching, information and library management, mentoring and tutoring in further education as well as extensive assessment and verification in a work based environment. In her current role she manages Library and Print services, including a developing i-learn centre, with a focus on independent differentiated learning. With a background in teaching and assessment and practical knowledge of curriculum needs, she has established an LRC programme of support for research skills and academic study. Recent projects have included the setting up of an ESOL reading scheme in collaboration with the ESOL curriculum area and the local public library service, which has been further supported up by the development of a new reading lounge to support literacy, where students can access reading materials in a variety of formats. Facilitating online learning opportunities for all students, alongside traditional librarianship is integral to the LRC’s philosophy in-line with the changing needs of the curriculum, in order to maintain quality support for learners within the constraints of current funding levels.

Genevieve Knight – Employability and Progression Manager

Genevieve has worked in education for 10 years in a range of roles from lecturing in FE, mentoring, education development in youth offending, consulting to management of progression and employability in secondary education and FE.

As the Employability and Progression Manager at West Thames College, Genevieve manages the Careers Service and centralises the careers education, information, advice and guidance provision across the college. Other responsibilities include developing and implementing a cross college employability strategy to provide opportunities for students to develop abilities and skills which will enhance their employability. Recent projects include a Careers and Employability page on Moodle and a weekly Job Club.

Genevieve also works one-to-one with students, delivers employability workshops and training, integrates careers into the curriculum, works with academic staff to improve the employability of students, monitors the quality of the Careers Service and liaises with external partners and employers to develop work related learning activities.

Simon Marshall-Staddon – Learning Practitioner/Lecturer in Specialist Make-up

Simon has worked extensively in industry as a practitioner and then trainer before joining the FE sector. Alongside his teaching role, he has become a Learning Practitioner. In this role Simon champions innovation and creativity in his own teaching as well as supporting colleagues with all aspects of teaching and learning.

Samantha Smart – Lecturer in Specialist Make-up

Sam teaches teach hair styling on a HND in
Specialist makeup

Toby Clark – Learning Practitioner/Lecturer in Music

Toby is a Learning Practitioner and Lecturer in Music. In his role as a Learning Practitioner Toby develops his own practice as well as supporting fellow teachers in all aspects of teaching and learning.
Toby is a practicing musician.

Alex Searle – CQTM Media, Music and Performing Arts

Alex is currently CQTM for Media, Music and Performing Arts.
A practicing musician, he also performs on a regular basis.


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