KLC Wins Independent HE Awards

Tuesday 28 November, 2017 at 14:00

The Independent Higher Education held their first Awards evening on the 27th of November to celebrate innovation and best practice across the independent higher education sector.

KLC Innovation and Course Design Success

We are delighted to inform you that KLC has won two awards at the Independent Higher Education Awards (out of a total of 6 award categories). The categories won by KLC School of Design are ‘Innovation in Digital Teaching and Learning’ and ‘Breakthrough in Course Design and Delivery’. This is a great honour to receive considering the high calibre of the entrants in our nominated categories

Pictured above; KLC Managing Director, Will Gibbs, and Course Development Director, Julia Begbie at the Independent HE Awards.

The Awards

KLC WINNERS OF ‘Innovation in digital teaching and learning’ Award

The award “Innovation in digital teaching and learning” confirms that KLC leads with innovative digital learning methods constantly meets the changing needs of students and creates a supportive environment for both staff and students to improve their own digital skills. This award is supported by the fact that KLC launched a new VLE in 2014 – a custom blend of Moodle / Mahara with bespoke features; Adobe Connect provides recordable online classrooms.

The VLE system supports online and onsite teaching, and critical peer feedback. It also allows the use ePortfolios to help online students build a one-on-one relationship with the KLC Careers department. Along with many other valuable innovative teaching methods we use, a programme of virtual work experience has been developed for our online students.

KLC offers online courses at every level: 

The Interior Design Course - Level 1 (Online) 
- a useful introductory short course for those completely new to Interior Design
(completion time approx. 30 hours)

Online Certificate Interior Design 
- a vocational industry recognised online course that provides all the basic skills needed to become a professional residential interior designer
(completion time 15 months at average 10 hours per week)

Online Structured Foundation Degree Interior Design 
- a validated level 4 and 5 qualification covering both residential and commercial design
(completion time 3 years and 1 term part-time)

Online structured BA Hons Top-up Interior Design 
- a validated level 6 qualification with a deeper focus on commercial interior design at an international level
(completion time 2 years and 1 term)

KLC WINNERS OF ‘Breakthrough in Course Design and Delivery’ Award

The final award, “Breakthrough in Course Design and Delivery”, recognises the transformation KLC has made to our student learning experience. Our courses, particularly Online Foundation Degree, use innovative technology & practise, deliver outstanding student access and engage in different knowledge and skills across and outside the education sector.

Our Online Foundation Degree is synchronous. The students are organised in cohorts and smaller study groups and interaction is created by peer review aswell as regularly scheduled (live) feedback. Our support tutors are available full time to assist students that are in need of further assistance.

There was an entirely new VLE platform custom-built for this online course. The new VLE development is planned to maintain our leading position in online provision, e.g. gamification, digital assessment, learning analytics, VR and AR. A taster course for this programme (with example materials) is available via the KLC website.

Second time KLC recognised in HE awards this year

This achievement stands well against the Times HE Awards nomination that KLC received earlier this year. We were shortlisted for the ‘Outstanding Employer Engagement Initiative’ that recognises the exceptional work carried out by the career team and staff across the school. We are honoured to be accepting these awards from such an esteemed higher education provider.

KLC ongoing commitment to utilising the latest education technologies

KLC Managing Director, Will Gibbs, was present to receive both awards at the Independent HE Awards and commented,

These two awards demonstrate our ongoing commitment to utilising the latest technologies to enhance the delivery of our courses, both onsite and online, and is particularly reflected in how we have so successfully incorporated these in our innovative Online FdA Interior Design. It is a huge accolade to everything that we do here at KLC and I am immensely proud of everything we have achieved.”

The whole team at KLC make a great effort to constantly update the delivery and content of our courses. We want to ensure our students are “industry ready” and fully equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to help them launch their professional careers.

KLC would also like to thank the Independent HE for hosting a successful Awards evening at their Annual Conference. The Independent HE is the UK membership organisation and national representative body for independent providers of higher education, professional training and pathways. They work extremely hard to promote, support and enhance the independent tertiary education sector. If you would like more information about the organisation, please visit their website here!

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