Educational software company Klik2learn has signed a deal to help students at Scotland’s biggest college learn online and gain certifications remotely.
The company founded by former schoolteacher Ann Attridge, from Skye, has developed a digital Learning Hub with City of Glasgow College.
Glasgow-based Klik2learn will digitise popular content from the college’s vocational educational programmes for the UK and overseas markets, giving access to digital, audio and video source material and allow students to communicate remotely with tutors.
The technology will be made available to other educational institutions and training providers across the UK to purchase under licence.
The first courses to be developed are aimed at students of English as a Second or Other Language (ESOL), which will help the college to continue recruiting students from overseas during the pandemic and afterwards.
Attridge said: “Our collaboration with City of Glasgow College is a giant step forward in recognising the benefits blended learning can offer in terms of individualized learning and faster progress.
“This deal also reflects the huge demand from students and tutors for accredited online learning content.
“Together, we’re pushing the boundaries of online learning and demonstrating how our products can optimise tutor time, raise attainment levels, enhance vocational skills and close the employability gap.”
Paul Little, principal and chief Executive at City of Glasgow College, added: “Our college offers an extensive portfolio of online and blended learning programmes to meet business and industry needs. I welcome our new partnership with Klik2learn which will further enhance our offering and add to our range of digital options for students.”
One of the courses available is City of Glasgow College’s Journey2English , which is accredited by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) and City and Guilds and can be delivered with or without any tutor involvement.
Attridge was a chartered teacher in English at Portree High School before winning a Royal Society of Edinburgh Enterprise Fellowship. She has a post-graduate degree in Linguistics
She said: “City of Glasgow College is leading the way with digital innovation. It recognises the opportunities presented by digital education, particularly in relation to international students.
“We are not just selling individual licenses to courses; we are putting everything together in a digital Learning Hub that will include a variety of other innovative multimedia resources and enable tutors to access all the data they need to track progress and support students.”