Effective use of technology in further education Award - Chesterfield College

Chesterfield College partnered with The Melodic Caring Project to live stream shows to seriously ill children around the world, providing students with incredible work experience in the field of broadcast media.

The first of its type in the UK, the project uses innovative technologies to enable the live streaming of shows to children worldwide. Skype has enabled students to receive critical evaluations from the U.S. MCP team. An innovative succession model sees Level 3 year 2 Media students tutoring year 1 students to keep the project sustainable.

Live streaming technology has opened up pathways Media students didn’t think possible, enriching the curriculum. TV production pathways are now available and recruiting well with progressing students. The project has led to a significant increase in learner success, retention, achievement, progression and satisfaction.

The project has given media students the ability to broadcast content to benefit the wider student population, such as graduations, safety demonstrations, guest seminars and Q&As. Students from other areas are also involved in aspects of the project such as Health and Social Care, Graphic Design and Business students.

This project, whilst making a powerful difference to seriously ill children and their families around the world, has also had a profound effect on the students that have taken part.