With a bold 5-year development plan, Hull College needed to undertake a major revamp of its technology to deliver its ambitious goals. The college was faced with not only trying to find the right immersive and inclusive classroom technology, they also had to ensure adoption across one of the largest multi-site colleges in the UK.
Hull College approached IDNS with this challenge. After rigorous trials and exploration, the college chose Clevertouch as their classroom solution for interactive touchscreen technology. John Bayes, Director of ICT Services, said:
“Clevertouch was chosen based on the feedback we received from staff during the focus groups we ran. They loved the simplicity of the screen and how easy the software was to use even though they weren’t familiar with it."
While major developments were going on throughout the college, over 100 screens were installed by IDNS. With the technology in place, IDNS and Hull College set about creating a unique training area to drive adoption – the iQLab. Head of e-Learning, Khaled Al-Ankar, explains the concept behind the iQLab:
“The whole idea was to create a safe place for teachers to come and play, be themselves, break down barriers and ultimately take a risk. Not all teachers can just get up in front of a class and start using technology."
What the client said:
"Clevertouch was chosen based on the feedback we received from staff during the focus groups we ran. They loved the simplicity of the screen and how easy the software was to use even though they weren’t familiar with it."
A dedicated launch day saw the iQLab open its doors to staff which was followed up with an intense training week provided by IDNS. Lisa Davies, Quality Manager, said:
"Launch day involved everyone from the principal to governors coming and having a go with the technology, trying different stuff to get them engaged. We believed if teachers could see it being used here, they would have the confidence to deliver it in their classes."
Since its launch, the iQLab has become a hot spot of development that is feeding back right across the college as the quality team explains:
"We can have up to 30 tutors in at any one time, all with Lynx and Snowflake on their laptops. They work in groups, link to the screens and share ideas to see what others have done. We’re sharing best practice right across the college."
"Now they are coming in and asking ‘can it do this’ – we get really excited when we don’t even know. It’s breaking down barriers for staff that they can pass on to their students. They’re even bringing their own apps and getting them added to the Clevertouch. It’s great to see them innovating."
“Hair and beauty are enlarging images and filming the tiny details when they’re demonstrating nail painting. Lots of staff are using Snowflake to summarise topics and lessons to make sure students are on track. The students are loving it too. The fact they can get up and get involved is so engaging. It’s driving inclusion in the classroom. We’re even changing the layout of rooms so that the Clevertouch can be a focal point for collaboration – it’s all about fuelling that creativity."
Speaking after the project John Bayes said:
“What IDNS have achieved for Hull College is amazing given the restrictive timescales we often presented to them and the challenges we placed at their door. Their work ethic and attention to detail is always above and beyond, plus their support of our college and staff is relentless."
"We have invested in over 140 Clevertouch throughout our college in the last 3 years. Karl Robinson from the Clevertouch team first introduced himself to me at BETT back in 2017 and after a few meetings and demo’s we knew Clevertouch was the solution we were looking for. We tried and tested the top manufacturers and quickly realised Clevertouch gave us the most value for our investment The intuitive nature of the screen makes for simple use within the classrooms, we found them easy to use and with the features we wanted, together with the ongoing support from Clevertouch, I wouldn’t have anything else in our college"
Nick Barker, HE/FE Specialist at Clevertouch comments:
"It’s great to see our Clevertouch displays being used so effectively at Hull College and the feedback has been really positive from staff and students. If you would like more information on the project, or to find out how Clevertouch can enhance your teaching spaces and student engagement, please contact me."