Revolutionary design earns Finlay a place on awards shortlist

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A game designed by a young IT enthusiast from Oban, developed in a collaboration with Argyll  College UHI hairdressing tutor Elaine Smith, has been shortlisted for 2019 College Development Network Award alongside entries from City of Glasgow College and Glasgow Clyde College.

Finlay MacDonald featured in the pages of The Oban Times back in May when he revolutionised the way hairdressing students train with his DUCT (Debris Undergoing Colour Transformation) game, affectionately known as Game of Tones.

Nominated in the Innovation category, Finlay’s game teaches Skills for Work hairdressing and reinforces how colour neutralisation works – a fundamental concept within hairdressing curriculum.

The concepts are very difficult for students to understand and retain, and the computer game helps reinforce the theory taught in the classroom in a fun way using games technology that all young people are so familiar with.

The game uses the international colour spectrum where opposite colours on the colour wheel neutralise each other.

‘I am very excited and honored to be shortlisted for this award,’ said Finlay, who will be joining the college in October as an IT modern apprentice.

Ms Smith added: ‘Game of Tones is an innovative way of using technology to reinforce theory-based learning in a fun and interactive way.

‘It is an excellent example of strong collaboration between a college and a school.’

The college has also been shortlisted in the Digital Learning Category along with Borders College and Edinburgh College for a pilot project led by tutor Susannah Wilson which utilises screen capture videos to provide personalised, formative feedback to students.

It is a creative, digital solution to the challenge of isolation experienced by students in a blended learning context. This has proven to be a really
effective way of improving students’ experience, enhancing engagement and increasing student satisfaction.

College principal Martin Jones said: ‘We are really delighted to see our efforts in Innovation and Digital Learning being recognised in this way.

‘As a truly digital institution with learning centres located throughout Argyll, it’s important that we continually strive to embrace innovative
technology and ensure our students’ experience is second to none.

‘I congratulate all of our staff who’ve been involved in these projects, and look forward to welcoming new recruit Finlay MacDonald to our team.’

Nominations will be considered by a panel of eight expert judges drawn from business and education, and the winners will be announced at the national awards dinner on Thursday November 21 at Radisson Blu in Glasgow.