Engineering lecturer Christopher Lindridge has been recognised for his contribution in helping Further Education teachers and leaders improve their digital skills.
Christopher is the first practitioner to be awarded the EdTech Super Contributor Badge for sharing his knowledge and experience on the Education and Training Foundation’s (ETF) Enhance Digital Teaching Platform.
While looking for support for remote delivery to engage and assess his students and apprentices during the COVID-19 pandemic, Christopher signed up to ETF’s EdTech training at enhance.etfoundation.co.uk which offers a range of professional development courses through interactive learning.
He said: “I was interested in using digital technology as a means for giving different types of feedback to learners. Once I started doing the EdTech modules on the EnhanceDTP, I found I enjoyed them and kept going.
“You can dip in and out and do as much or as little as you like; the modules are very user-friendly and self-explanatory, and the content is good quality.”
Introduced in November 2020, the Super Contributor award helps create a community of practice in the use of educational technology and is part of the platform’s badge recognition scheme which has hosted over 200,000 training sessions since its launch two years ago.
To gain their badges, practitioners must post constructive comments, submit their own resources and offer ‘reflections’ on how they have applied the learning they have gained from the online training.
With over 170 training modules and under his belt and 78 digital badges earned, he is helping other practitioners – including colleagues at City Campus – towards their own badges, sharing his reflections online and helping create a growing dialogue on the #EdTechSwap wall on the EnhanceDTP.
Christopher added: “I am delighted to become the first teacher to gain the Super Contributor award. I have enjoyed learning about new approaches to using technology in my teaching and feel it’s had a real impact – now I want to share my experiences with my colleagues.
“It’s by sharing our practices and ideas that we make the most of what we’ve all had to learn over this past year to support our students through the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Vikki Liogier, ETF’s National Head of EdTech and Digital Skills, said: “My congratulations to Christopher who has been a fantastic champion for use of the EnhanceDTP.
“This first award of a Super Contributor badge marks and important milestone in the development of the platform. Our aim is to develop a practitioner-led, supportive community of practice on the platform and stimulate pedagogic dialogue about use of EdTech, and the Super Contributor role is pivotal to that aim.”
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