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Successful cross-pollination of Health and Care, Construction and ICT for the college curriculum

Tuesday, October 2, 2018
Sanna Rimpiläinen

DHI has been co-leading FUTUREquipped - the largest College Innovation project in Scotland - with Construction Scotland Innovation Centre this autumn. The project has three workstreams that trial different methods for collaboration between Innovation Centres, the college sector and industry. We are delighted to announce the successful completion of Work stream 1, “Train the trainer”, on Wednesday 26th September, when the course participants presented the results of their hard work during the five-day learning programme at COSLA in Edinburgh.

Work stream 1 has consisted of a five-day learning programme, delivered over six weeks and designed to introduce college lecturers from Health and Care, Construction and ICT to the future of work in Smart Housing; the future skills and capabilities required by their sectors. Participants have also been trialling methods for agile curriculum development. Twenty-seven college lecturers from across 13 colleges have worked in interdisciplinary, cross-college groups to develop a total of 30+ pieces of SMART house related micro-learning content, plus material on key skills required of the future workforce: communication, collaboration, curiosity, adaptability and creativity. The materials are levelled at SCQF level 6, easily adaptable both to a lower or higher levels of study, and will be made available as an open-source learning material available to all colleges via the College Development Network. The materials are envisaged to be able to be delivered by lecturers from any of the three disciplines to their students, enabling them to gain an understanding of the other two, more unfamiliar domains at the same time.

The project continues with the delivery of Workstream 2, which focusses on student exposure to innovation, and where the new learning materials will be trialled. Workstream 3, College-Industry innovation projects, will be launched soon.