Students often find it difficult to choose what subject to study at GCSE. In order to help them make informed pathway decisions, Lutterworth College has used itslearning to build a subject portal.
As students often have no experience with the subject they are about to choose (e.g. business studies) they may find the information on a written prospectus informative but not very good at giving a flavor of what the course is like.
To help provide better guidance, Lutterworth College has created an area in itslearning containing discussion groups, frequently asked questions and video conferencing. In addition, sample videos of every subject explain the courses on offer and give an example lesson that a student can view.
This pathway guide allows students to view prospectus information and use the forums and video conferencing module to chat to students who currently take the subjects. By giving them access to this information they are able to make more informed decisions as to whether to study the course.
Parents are able to log in to view the information, thus keeping better informed on the options that are available to their teenagers. More students are now studying the correct subject and as a result achievements are expected to get higher.
by Yvonne Robberstad