We can offer your organization different levels of focused, dedicated consultancy about how you can take advantage of online learning. Our complete consultancy service operates a four-stage process (which you can also pick and choose from).
Identifying opportunities for e-learning
There are many different of models of Online Education, ranging from full collaboration between ‘experts’ and participants, to short courses delivered via CD-Rom where participants interact with learning materials for 10-15 minutes at a time. We provide you with a report on the appropriateness of different models and approaches in your individual situation, and we will highlight the advantages and disadvantages of each for your organization.
Assessing your capability to adopt e-learning
The most suitable e-learning opportunities for your organization will be dependent on your resources and strategic learning objectives. We will undertake an audit of your organization and highlight those options which are within your capability, giving you a realistic picture of how you might start employing e-learning in your organization.
Providing practical recommendations
At this stage, we provide you with a list of recommendations of ways in which you can implement e-learning initiatives. This will include a full, ‘project-managed’ plan of action, a list of objectives, and learning and organizational outcomes.
Evaluating your e-learning initiatives
We assess how successful your e-learning initiatives have been in enhancing learning within your organization, and we identify areas for improvements to ensure success in the future.
Whenever it is appropriate we can report on new trends in the use of technology in learning and propose methods to adapt suitable new technologies to meet your organization’s learning needs. We can also help you to make the case for investment in these areas of training and development or to write funding proposals.
Instructional Design Services
We appreciate that some organizations can struggle to access adequate IT support and subsequently that Online Education developments seem to be out of your reach. We know that training budgets can be tight but that your education and development needs are great. We know that you operate amongst geographically dispersed networks of staff, partner organizations, benefactors, suppliers and service users. And we know that working in partnership with you we can develop professional and effective online learning solutions to some of your training and learning needs.
- Conducting learner needs analysis
- Designing instructional architectures
- Determining e-Course delivery models
- Development of instructional plans
- Conducting usability testing
- Applying industry benchmarks
- Conducting program evaluation
We provide a series of services that make it possible for you to develop your own Online Education courses, for delivery within and outside your organization, without your time and money disappearing into the expense of an IT set-up, and with the support of experienced Online Education practitioners. To get you there, we will provide:
Initial consultation on course objectives and design
Through intensive initial consultation (conducted both face-to-face and online), we will help you to construct effective and appropriate course objectives and design plans which take full advantage of the benefits of online learning. We’ll agree with you a series of tasks those ourselves and yourselves need to carry out to realize these plans; and we’ll provide you with a range of guidance documents to help you transform your training ideas into activities and materials that will work online.
Continual access to project progress reports
For each of our partners we provide access to a continually-updated web log where we record the progress, successes and current issues for the developments we are undertaking with you. This log also allows you to record your queries and achievements and acts as a quick and effective point of access to information about the history and current position of the project.
A full editorial service
Writing for the web is not necessarily the same as writing for print. Designing training activities that work online is not the same as designing activities for face-to-face events. Therefore, with our expertise in the development of Online Education, we can provide you with a full editorial service which takes your initial drafts of training materials and activities and fashions them into resources that will work online.
Course website design and hosting
We remove the expense and time needed to arrange the design and hosting of your online training course on your own systems by doing this for you, providing you with a sharp, professional, password-protected course website that can be accessed from anywhere that you and course participants enjoy an Internet connection. You focus on the learning resources (with our help) – we take care of the technology.
Online discussion facilities
There’s no need to buy in and support the expensive software that makes online discussion possible. We will provide you with your own dedicated discussion boards. Collaborative online learning uses online discussion facilities which participants access flexibly, reading and contributing to discussion topics, starting off new topics and revisiting discussion threads which others have pushed along and developed. Your private, course website gives you access to a dedicated discussion board for your course.
Training of online facilitators
Why not develop some of your staff into online facilitators? Or develop your existing trainers into online trainers? We are experienced in training those key individuals who facilitate online learning – the online tutors and facilitators. As part of our course development services we can provide short online training courses to give individuals a sense of what online collaborative learning means for the learner and the trainer.
Course management support
When the course website is ready and your facilitators are prepared, what do you do next? our experts will provide advice and support about how to promote your online course and recruit and retain your online learners.
Post-course evaluation and reporting
And when your first online course is over we will help you to evaluate it, to prove its value to your sponsors. We will work with you to produce an evaluation report on the course, with recommendations about how to improve and develop it. Wherever possible we will aim to author case studies and journal articles about your course in order to give your innovative training developments, and our role in them, a high profile which will help you to implement further successful iterations of the courses and even to make further bids for development funding.