WOMEN'STEC Workshop Going Digital

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One of the biggest challenges we faced during lockdown was delivering hands-on courses that we normal teach in our workshop. We quickly adapted our programmes to enable remote learning for our students, delivering short courses, on video calls, in gardening, personal development and flower arranging.

However, as an organisation delivering hands-on trades skills, we had to think outside the box as to how we can deliver classes going forward. We came up with the idea of ‘digitising' our workshop, for blended learning online and in-person. 

This will enable us to live-stream our courses to students who can join and interact with the classes online, as well as deliver smaller classes in our work with social distancing measures in place.

The new video equipment will enable students to view intricate skills from the tutor’s perspective using a ‘tutor’ headcam that can provide close up instructional views of a variety of hands-on skills.

Tutors and staff will undertake training to ensure our new technology is being used to provide maximum impact on learning for our students. Whilst social distancing remains in place, and our class sizes are reduced, this exciting investment will support us to continue to deliver in a new way.

However, should there be another lockdown, we will be equipped and prepared to deliver fully online. This opportunity also means we can extend our reach, using online delivery, to women across Northern Ireland where previously it may have been difficult to travel to our location in North Belfast. 

This project is supported by the National Lottery Community Fund and would not be possible without the support of lottery players from across the UK. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the lottery for investing in this much needed digital transformation.