The University of Northampton, in collaboration with Land Based Colleges Aspiring to Excellence (Landex), is proud to announce the launch of a new online learning platform, Land Based Learning Online, specifically designed to engage and build Further Education students' understanding of land-based subjects at a foundation level. The new platform, available now, will allow UK colleges to further enhance the curriculum and the way that their students study.
Land Based learning Online will feature user-friendly interactive lessons and support materials, all accessible across a range of mobile devices. The system encourages collaborative learning 24/7, with students able to access the content at a time that fits into their work and social commitments. Based around land based subjects including animal science, horse management and agriculture, Land Based learning Online will feature fresh and continually evolving content, ensuring learners enrich their learning with real-life case studies. The system will offer students immediate feedback on their progress and the grades achieved. Other content areas under development include plaint and soil science, focussing on building an understanding of the interaction between plants and soil across the subject areas of agriculture and horticulture.
Ian Brooks, Executive Dean of Northampton Business School and Chairman of Land Based Learning Ltd, commented: "The University of Northampton is committed to delivering outstanding life-changing opportunities in education. In this collaborative project we are further cementing our new learning and teaching strategy, sharing the University of Northampton's best practice and expertise in learning technology and curriculum development, at a Further Education level. We hope this system will build upon the already fantastic work that Further Education colleges are doing in ensuring their students learn and develop ready for Degree-level study."
Chris Moody, Director of Land Based Learning Ltd, explained: "Land Based Learning is a joint venture between Landex members of the University of Northampton – Landex (Land Based Colleges Aspiring to Excellence) members provide the subject expertise, the University of Northampton provides the learning technology and promotional experience, particularly in the overseas market. Land Based Learning materials will help providers meet the challenges laid out in the recent Further Education Learning Technology Action Group (FELTAG) report, and through potential delivery efficiencies – help to protect minority subjects and programs."
Russell Marchant, Principal of Hartpury College who uses and champions the system, commented: "Land Based Learning Online provides you with a simple, single logon through the College Learning Management System (LMS) and engages your students through animated and activity based content allowing you to focus learners contact time building their understanding of the subject. This is an exciting project for staff and students, and I really hope you will take every opportunity to get involved."