A member of Middlesbrough Council’s Community Learning Service is celebrating after winning a national award.
Peter Samson was presented his E Guides Sharing and Sharpening Award by HRH Princess Anne for his work as an e-learning guide to the tutors and learners of the Community Learning Service.
He helps them improve their language skills through online learning and establishing worldwide partnerships with organisations as far afield as Spain, France, Germany, Russia and Guadeloupe.
Peter has encouraged both tutors and learners to share resources with the concept of a Learning Emporium, enabling all learners enrolled on a language class at all levels to access resources across the area. This has been very successful in engaging both reluctant tutors and learners and is now being developed within other curriculums.
After establishing a contact with an organisation in Guadeloupe, a visit from the partner organisation took place in November 2011, to discuss the project and technical issues on the island.
The aim was to find another French speaking partner and use e-learning to encourage learners in Guadeloupe to engage with English-speaking learners in England over the age of 50.
A partnership with Kostroma in Russia is also being forged.
Peter has visited the town twice and is planning to ‘spread the e-learning word’ during a two to three-week teaching spell there next Easter.
Councilor Mike Carr, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member for Children, Families and Learning, said: “This award was richly deserved and Peter is to be commended for his dedication and innovation.
“The internet has opened new possibilities in the way we teach and learn, and Peter’s work shows that Middlesbrough is at the very forefront of education by revolutionising the way we learn across the world.”