Technology gives college a money-saving boost

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Oxford and Cherwell Valley College’s Bicester campus has won an award for using new technology to boost learning and cut waste.

The Bicester campus, which specialises in qualifications in motorsport engineering, is leading a college-wide drive to reduce paper usage and print costs.

The college, which has campuses in Banbury, Bicester and Oxford, used a virtual learning environment known as Moodle to set assignments and provide course information.

All students use the software to upload their work and get feedback, without the need for paper copies.

The project was named as a winner in the JISC Hi5 Awards.

The awards, open to colleges and universities across the South East, recognise best practice in using technology to improve learning.

JISC, the Joint Information Systems Committee, is a charity promoting the use of digital technology.

The college was also shortlisted for two other Hi5 awards, including one for using Twitter to communicate with students, and one for posting instructional videos on YouTube.