Friday, 14 June 2019

Let's Get Digital - working with Steve Biko Housing residents

As part of our Liverpool Adult Learning Service Community Learning programme we wanted to engage with local people to discover what learning they were interested in.  So during January 2019
we organised a number of learner voice sessions, one of which was with residents from Steve Biko Housing Association. Their resounding answer was that they would like to improve their digital skills. So we arranged a 6 week Digital Skills course to be held at Hector Peterson Court.

Our learners were all at different levels, but the main theme was building their confidence whilst using technology. This meant for some, learning to text on an ‘old skool’ phone and for others being confident ordering on ebay and searching online. 

It stretched us, having to work out how to text on a ‘non-smart’ phone and reminded us how much technology has advanced in the last 20 years. It also made us realise how scary it must be trying to keep up with the speed of developments as well, if you are not used to technology.

By the end of our six weeks all of our learners had made significant progress in their digital journey and they had achieved the learning goals that they set during week one of the course. It has been a pleasure and a privilege to watch them develop and grow in confidence using a variety of digital devices.

Audrey in particular stands out, as she started wanted to text on her non-smart phone and by the end of six weeks, now has a tablet and a laptop!

One of our learners commented that “This course was brilliant, as was the tutors. They spoke to me clearly so I understand and they had patience for me as well. Thank you.”

Bev from Steve Biko also said that “Our Tenants have progressed leaps and bounds and are really looking forward to moving on to their second course (starting soon). A big thanks to GTDT tutors, who have done a great job throughout the course!”