Xaverian College Sets Exemplary Networking Benchmark for Other Colleges

Press release. March 19, 2008.

Manchester’s Xaverian 6th Form College is one of only ten further education colleges from across England, and the only college in the North West region to be chosen to form the government’s inaugural Technology Exemplar Network.

The Network, which is jointly led by government technology partner Becta and the Learning and Skills Council (LSC), will work to share best practice for using technology between different learning providers across the country. It is designed to help colleges and other learning providers use technology more effectively.

Xaverian, which last month received an award for its Virtual Learning Environment from Becta, will receive funding to help develop its use of technology and share its successes with others – setting an example in the region.

The college has developed IT systems which support the college’s administration, course management, student support, and learning development programmes.  Staff and students regularly access the college’s intranet from home and even abroad, allowing teaching and learning to take place far beyond the geographical confines of the college campus.Bill Rammell MP, Minister for Lifelong Learning, Further and Higher Education said:
“The use of technology by colleges has the potential to make real improvements to learners’ experience at college. Adopting technology and making a success of it is not easy – it requires effective leadership, investment and a willingness to experiment.
“I welcome the launch of the Technology Exemplar Network, which will greatly facilitate the sharing of best practice across the sector.”

“We’re delighted to be one of the ten providers who have achieved exemplar status. Technology Exemplar Network members sharing effective practice via this peer support network will play a vital role in maximising the opportunities available for learners to enrich their learning experience – and positions us as a clear leader in the North West region,” said Mary Hunter, Principal, Xaverian College.

Further information:
Megan Codling 07795 848586
Iain Macauley 07788 978800

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