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College of West Anglia internet TV channel wins national award

Date posted: 10/12/2010

The College of West Anglia is celebrating after winning an Association of Colleges (AoC) Beacon Award for a ground-breaking project that involved setting up an internet TV channel called to provide an exciting teaching and learning environment and showcase students work on the world wide web.

Springboard TV was started with the help of £200,000 funding from JISC and has boosted the take-up and success rates of full-time media courses. JISC e-learning programme manager Lisa Gray comments: “Our aim was to support the achievement of genuine transformational changes in learning and teaching practice, through the effective use of technology. Through its excellent work, Springboard TV have achieved exactly that –  in two years they have transformed  the staff and learner experience,  impacting across the whole college. SpringboardTV has addressed issues common to many, of student  recruitment, retention, engagement, achievement and progression, inspiring others  to see how technology can offer real solutions to these very real challenges.”

By developing its internet TV channel and website and using multimedia resources to broadcast, the college has radically changed the teaching and learning on its full-time media courses. Both staff and students are now more confident in using the new technologies and students are taking more responsibility for their own learning. There is also a lot of collaborative work with the media industry, community groups and the emergency services.

The college set up its very own Tower Studios at the King’s Lynn campus, which provides a fully-operational TV production and broadcast environment with state of the art facilities including a TV studio with auto cues, HD cameras, virtual studio software and editing suites. The students take an active role in working in a realistic TV production and broadcast environment, making programmes and films which are then broadcast on the channel.

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