Bringing technology to the learner - Gloucestershire College of Arts and Technology
Gloucestershire College of Arts and Technology (Gloscat) serves a diverse region including both urban and traditional rural communities. As part of the college's lifelong learning strategy, an outreach service has brought ICT classes to adult learners unable to attend college classes.
Many adults in low income groups or rural areas remain excluded from the digital revolution, yet ICT skills can offer access to information, a means of keeping in touch with distant relatives, and even a gateway to employment. The college has offered ICT classes in community venues for some time, but difficulties with broadband connectivity have restricted the range and flexibility of provision, until the introduction of a satellite van brought access to the internet and ICT resources for learners in remote locations.
Working in their own environment to acquire skills in word processing, spreadsheets, internet research, email and website development has proved very popular with learners. The results can also benefit the community as a whole.