Warwickshire College Group brings international experts to the classroom with Google for Education
Two years ago, WCG students had access to G Suite, but teachers only had access to Gmail. Fewer than 200 of the more than 15,500 students used Google Drive, largely because the teachers didn’t have access to G Suite, so they didn’t encourage students to use it. 'We had the Rolls-Royce of apps, but teachers didn’t know how to help students use G Suite and take advantage of its capabilities,' says Yousef Fouda, chief technology officer at WCG. Teachers felt complacent using Microsoft Office and Outlook, so they didn’t consider changing systems. Fouda saw the opportunity to use technology more effectively to save teachers time and provide a more collaborative learning experience for students.
'The Classroom app has been transformational, enabling students to learn wherever they are.'
Paul Rabone, professor of electrical construction and rugby, Warwickshire College Group
Fouda didn’t have to think twice about how he could achieve his goal of creating a tech-savvy ecosystem: He launched G Suite for Education for teachers, introduced Google Classroom across campuses and rolled out Chromebooks for teachers and students. Since students already used G Suite for Education, and teachers were familiar with Gmail, the solution met WCG’s goal to introduce technology that equips students and teachers to connect, work and share. These goals map directly to their use of Google Hangouts, Drive and Google+. The use of G Suite for Education spread quickly and organically across the campuses. Fouda introduced G Suite for Education to about 100 teachers and they encouraged 600 more teachers to adopt the technology. Now, 4,000 students and teachers are active on G Suite every day, a dramatic increase from 200 students two years ago.
Located in The Midlands in the United Kingdom, Warwickshire College Group (WCG) offers two-year college education for high school graduates before they decide what they want to pursue at the university level. More than 15,500 students attend college at one of the six campuses and the colleges employ about 1,700 staff. WCG’s goal is to encourage students to develop an innovative, entrepreneurial mindset.
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