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Pioneering use of technology-enhanced learning from Cardiff and Vale College retains Microsoft Showcase College status – FE News

Cardiff and Vale College’s pioneering use of technology to create immersive and inclusive learning experiences has helped it retain its Microsoft Showcase College status for the fourth consecutive year.

CAVC was crowned the first Microsoft Showcase College in Wales in 2018. This status signifies that the College is an innovator in the Welsh continuing education sector and has a strong digital strategy.

This strategy proved invaluable during the COVID-19 pandemic, when CAVC was able to continue teaching under lockdown conditions, transitioning to a mix of distance learning and face-to-face teaching.

Microsoft Showcase College status also reflects the expertise of staff across the College and their enhanced digital skills on the latest teaching and learning technologies to support students. Using the latest tools, information and technology helps prepare learners for the world of work, meaning they can add instant value to any employer.

All CAVC students, whether full-time or part-time, receive their own personal Microsoft account and an approved copy of Microsoft Office for all their devices to support on-campus and online learning at the House.

CAVC has also received wider recognition as a leader in the UK for the use of technology for teaching and learner support, winning Outstanding Use of Technology to Improve Teaching, Learning and evaluation in the prestigious Tes Awards in 2020.

Sharon James, Principal of Cardiff and Vale College, said: “We are absolutely thrilled that Microsoft has continued to recognize our commitment to technology-enhanced learning. Our work with Microsoft supports our digital skills strategy and we are committed to continuously providing staff and students with the opportunities and technology to develop their own digital skills.

“This not only makes the experience of working and learning with us engaging, but ensures that we are using the latest technology to teach and support our learners. Microsoft365 and packages like Teams and Outlook are the most used in businesses around the world and all of our learners leave the College as confident users of Microsoft technology, regardless of the course they have taken – and it will add instant value to any employer.”

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