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It’s been a challenging time for both students and staff alike at Coleg Ceredigion during this uncertain period.

Following the announcement made by education minister Kirsty Williams on the 18 March that schools and colleges will be closing its doors in a bid to tackle the spread of the coronavirus, the college moved formally to an online delivery of lessons on 23 March.

Students and staff have had to adapt quickly to the new way of learning.

The college’s teaching and learning team are a proactive group and have already been using digital software for delivery and to interact online.

Students have also stepped up to the challenge by engaging in debates and showing resilience to produce the same level of work that they produced at the college.

There is also a thriving community online where staff are communicating daily and sharing best practice in digital learning.

The animal care department has been sharing webcams from various zoos such as Edinburgh Zoo and Chester Zoo as well as the Dyfi Osprey Project, setting tasks on their findings.

The catering department at the Cardigan campus have been having their catering classes online, with the students enjoying and engaging in online tutorials.

While the health and social care students learned about the human body using random household objects to create a human body.

The Aberystwyth campus is currently being used by the Hywel Dda Local Health Board to deliver essential training required for staff and volunteers who will be coming into the NHS to work in hospitals over the coming months.

Bryony Evett-Hackfort, teaching and learning manager at Coleg Sir Gâr and Coleg Ceredigion said: “It’s a difficult and worrying time for everyone at the moment but we feel that it’s vital to be supporting and developing our students through such a crucial time for many of them.

“Students are adapting incredibly well to a digital classroom and I’ve been really encouraged by their enthusiasm and of staff who have also had to adapt to a new teaching environment.”