In October, Digital Academy Scheduled Online Learning and Assessment sessions (SOLAs) have introduced our learners to iDEA.org. The Duke of York Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award (iDEA) is a programme which helps with developing digital, enterprise and employability skills. With a range of topics such as how to stay safe online, cyber security, advertising, coding, animation, personal statement, gif making, teamwork, video editing and key aspects of digital literacy. It aspires to be a digital version of The Duke of Edinburgh Award.
Since the introduction of the iDEA.org.uk scheme:
- 820 students have signed up
- 2,158 badges have been awarded
- 2 members of LTLS team have gained their Bronze Awards
- 1 member of the LTLS team has gained their Silver Award
Achievements can be downloaded, printed and shared. The verifiable certificate is useful for those who want to prove what they have accomplished for a job interview or on a personal statement.
Feedback on the new Digital Academy content has been very positive. To quote one learner, “It’s fun, I’m glad you make us do these things.”
To see iDEA in action watch this short video https://youtu.be/1Lc7ZZ3z7u4.
Jade works in our LTLS team, and has recently achieved the Silver award. what did she think of the activities?
“I quite enjoyed doing these in my spare time, it actually became something I did everyday and still didn’t get bored of it! It has such a wide variety of skills that you can do something different almost every time. The level of learning in these activities are well suited to the age of our students as some parts may be easy, others really make you think and pay attention.
The silver badges are little bit harder and you really do have build up your attention span, your problem solving and you need to have resilience which I think is a good thing as it teaches people to stay focused.”