Yale College Lecturer wins NIACE Digital Practitioner Award
Yale College is proud of digital story-telling lecturer, Steve Bellis who has won NIACE Digital Practitioner Award for outstanding work with Adult Learners.
The Awards were presented by The One Show’s Mark Thompson at a special ceremony in Media City in Salford. Steve was one of only three winners selected from across England and Wales to have demonstrated exceptional ways of making learning accessible, engaging and innovative. “The Award represents lowering barriers to learning,” says Steve, “celebrating the achievements of newly inspired learners, makes us proud.”
The Award complements the College’s recent Teaching and Learning recognition and coincides with colleague Mark Parsons, Catering and Hospitality Manager at Yale College, who has this week received an award for “Mobile, new and emerging technologies in the classroom”.
Steve Bellis has worked on digital storytelling as a community learning project for over eight years. During this time Steve has helped develop over 1000 stories by members of the community.
Steve has led Yale College on the use of digital storytelling, turning this technology into a powerful agent of change. Through his work he has enabled adults in the community to develop links with College courses and create their own personal testimonies of experiences in their lives. Digital storytelling under Steve’s careful coordination has widened participation within the Welsh Government priority group of the over 55s from hard to reach communities.
The Digital Practioner Awards, from NIACE, sponsored by the Learning and Skills Improvement Service and the Skills Funding Agency are a new award for tutors who have made adult learning more accessible, engaging and innovative by using technology.
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