The Skills Hubs are a place for you to undertake online courses in a facilitated environment. If you are not confident using technology, such as computers or any devices, our Skills Hub team can provide you with support. The hubs are also available to people that want to learn online but not at home, providing an opportunity to access a classroom environment with others.
Ways of Learning
Here at Adult Community Learning Essex (ACL) we pride ourselves on finding the very best ways for people to learn, to fit with their personal preferences and treat everyone as an individual. The types of learning opportunities have increased rapidly over recent years, giving greater access and flexibility alongside the changes to work and life within the modern world. Here is a brief explanation to the ways that ACL delivers learning:
Whether at an ACL centre or in an outreach venue our traditional classroom approach remains the core of our teaching and learning. Within these settings we deliver to small groups of adults the subjects selected to study using an individualised personal approach. ACL believes and supports the huge benefits of collaborative learning and encourages our learners to share and explore their learning with their fellow students. This enriches the learning experience through making connections with like minded people, often resulting in long term friendships.
The Live Online Learning is a new experience for most of us. These courses are delivered using a web-based platform (Microsoft Teams) where we have created a virtual classroom that retains the core features and high-quality experience of a physical classroom. The features we use include video cameras so that learners can see their tutor and each other, microphones to talk with each other as well as a text chat function, break out rooms for small group discussions or tutorials, class notebooks for jotting down ideas, presentations provided in real time with discussions in the moment with the tutor and fellow learners. All of this from the comfort of your own preferred location.
Our self-led courses apply a blended approach to learning. Our programmes are flexible and enable learners to experience a range of learning and support opportunities in a variety of formats such as in the workplace by observation, online or at a local ACL centre. Dependant on the course, the learner may have a dedicated tutor who they will meet (online or face to face) once a month or online resources and tutor support where required. Additionally, there may be additional workshops included in the course. This will support the learner to be able to expand on their new knowledge and develop new skills.
A brand new style of learning for 2022/23, ACL has invested in a suite of state of the art hybrid technology classrooms across our centres. These provides the opportunity for learners to either join the course in the physical classroom or remotely live online. Combining all the features of our traditional classroom and live online learning by sharing the learning experience with those in the classroom and those who are accessing from their own location.
Location & opening times:
Open now: Monday – Thursday 9:30am – 4:30pm and Friday 9:30am – 3pm
Opening from 9th Jan: Wednesday 9:30am – 6:30pm, Thursday 9:30am – 4:30pm and Friday 9:30am – 3pm
From end of January: Monday and Tuesdays from 9:30am – 3pm
From end of January: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday (hours tbc)
From end of January: Monday- Thursday 9:30am – 4:30pm and Friday 9:30am – 3pm
From end of January: Tuesday and Thursday (hours tbc)
Complete courses within a supportive learning environment
Before you enrol on some of our courses you will be asked to take an assessment, you will be able to use our Skill Hubs for this.