library for webAn innovative programme to improve digital literacy among students at Northampton College has been praised for its “ingenuity and proactivity” - having landed a national award.

The DigiCap scheme was introduced by staff working across the college’s libraries with the aim of helping to improve and develop IT skills and confidence in using new technology across all levels, from very basic to advanced.

The scheme was named the winner of the Best Practice category at the Library and Learning Resource Centre Awards, organised by the Council for Learning Resources in Colleges (CoLRiC). The ceremony celebrates best practice in the Further Education and College sector.

Kate Brown, Learning Facilitator Coordinator at Northampton College said: “Winning the Best Practice Award means so much to everybody on the team. We’ve worked hard to deliver DigiCap to as many students as possible; to ensure that they are prepared for the technological challenges they will face in employment. DigiCap has raised the standard of digital literacy in our students and they are more likely to succeed in their chosen careers.”

The awards showcase the ingenuity, proactivity and fight across the library and learning resource centre sector.

CoLRiC Co-Chairs Mirna Peach and Corinne Walker added: “CoLRiC is delighted to celebrate excellence and to recognise the efforts of both teams and individuals as they strive to deliver relevant and high-quality services during a time of austerity across the sector. Year on year we have honoured innovation with our prestigious awards. This year was no exception. Congratulations to our winners, and to all the colleges who nominated their colleagues.”

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