After a one-year delay on this project due to the Arab Spring, we are back on track and moving forward with the partnership. The Doncaster team recently returned from a full and productive one-week meeting with CSFT team in Tunisia, which included in-depth discussions surrounding multimedia curriculum development and restructuring, employer engagement, and a preliminary outline for the creation of trainings to upskill CSFT staff in English and key multimedia programs.
Doncaster College’s EFL tutor, Timothy Walker, worked individually with CSFT staff to gain a better understanding of their English levels and thus gauge the needs of the 3-D English resource, which will be geared toward multimedia-specific language training. Richard Child, Doncaster’s design expert, facilitated several discussions surrounding CSFT’s proposed multimedia curriculum, including sharing best practice following his own teaching experience. This proved very useful for the CSFT staff, who welcomed the advice and UK perspective.
An employer engagement forum was held with representation from 10 local enterprises. Input was given regarding the current local industry needs and possible ways for these needs to be incorporated in a new multimedia curriculum with the aim of enhancing CSFT students’ employability skills. The event was a huge success. Concrete suggestions by employers will be taken under advisement by CSFT regarding the modification of their multimedia curriculum.
Several video conference calls are arranged for the coming months, as well as a visit from CSFT staff to Doncaster College to observe classes and partake in trainings.
With renewed energy and passion for the project, both Doncaster and CSFT look forward to a productive continuation.