Edinburgh College has established alliance with University of Delhi to create a new training course which will make use of the power of social media to make education obtainable to all.
Edinburgh College and the University of Delhi have partnered and designed a training course called Digital Literacy and Innovation for Tomorrow's Education (D-LITE). The instigating project will provide the skills to explore high-quality learning through technology for students, teachers and employers in India, regardless of their geographical location.
Considering the training in Web 2.0 tools such as Facebook, Twitter, WordPress and Instagram, the 2 year training will include everything from educating how to set up an engaging educational blog to using virtual learning software in like Moodle in the classroom to communicate to people across the globe. University of Delhi's 35 teachers already trained and more will be travelling to Edinburgh College in April 2014.
"The D-LITE course has massive potential to break down barriers, whether geographical or social, to allow people to access the very best educational resources through technology. Digital skills are becoming increasingly important and the D-LITE project focuses on how teachers and students can use technology to add to a deeper and more personal form of learning," said David Hiddleston, Edinburgh College lecturer in Essential Skills.
"At Edinburgh College, we strive to engage, inspire and excite our students through new technologies and have made this a key part of our curriculum in order to develop employable graduates who can embrace 21st century technology," he added.
Also gaining advantage from the unconventional new partnership with the University of Delhi, are the students of Edinburgh College. 6 students from Edinburgh College will be travelling to India to observe the training and to work with the students and teachers of the University of Delhi.
"What initially drew me to the project in India was the idea of using my skills in creative industries to assist in education systems within developing countries. I find this quite exciting and I will hopefully achieve a greater understanding how digital technology could be used in order to benefit future educational programs," said Jennifer Lynn Pearce, a Visual Communication student.
"One of the exciting aspects of the course is the use of social media to empower and educate people. For example, we use a blog and a Facebook page to communicate on our course to add to a pool of knowledge. I'm looking forward to using my experiences and knowledge on the trip and I think it will really add to my CV," said 19-year-old Scott Burgoyne who lives in Tranent.
Considering India's internet connectivity which is ever-improving and the steadily growing economy, the new alliance with Edinburgh College has been initiated at the right time to grasp cutting-edge technologies to engage and prepare students for future employment.