Two teams of three inspectors visited each of the colleges participating in the pilot. The inspectors scrutinised a total of 15 online courses across the participating colleges, in a range of professional and technical areas. Discussions were held with a range of senior management and operational staff across the colleges, including curriculum directors, quality managers, heads of school, Information and Learning Technology (ILT) managers, client services and support managers, lecturers leading curriculum delivery, and students. The inspectors also participated in online discussions with some of the student groups.
In November 2010 and May 2011, the Inspectorate carried out a two phase evaluation of the Blended Learning provision in the four colleges participating in the Department for Employment and Learning’s (the Department) pilot programme.