In March 2014 Canterbury College obtained funding through a JISC initiative ‘Integrating new Technologies’ to develop an e-Learning resource.
This webpage will provide details about the project and project updates at the end of each stage of development.
The platform development proposed in this project will increase the accessibility of learning opportunities to meet learner, employer and community needs, improve the experience of learners and support learner skills development, their progression to further learning and their employability.
The project is to develop an on-line platform that will deliver an e-learning IT course to bridge an identified gap between entry level IT courses and the Level 2 ECDL course. On completion of the course, the platform will then enable learners to auto apply to the ECDL course and link to on-line College induction. E-learner support and guidance functions would also be included. This would meet an identified need for a Functional Skills IT course at a Level 1 standard and would also fill an identified need for more accessible, learner focussed course format of IT course.
see here for PDF Project Plan 1.0
Scope and approach
The project team will comprise Canterbury College staff from discipline areas; Academic, Web Development, and Project Management. It has been agreed with our JISC RSC that as partners they will support project dissemination and wider reach in the community. It is also proposed that our existing local business partners will be approached to support quality assurance stages.
The scope and time-scales are set out in a high level four stage work plan.
STAGE 1 – Project Initiation and Content Writing
1.1. Web Developer produce a project web page and liaise with JISC Marketing and Communication to ensure these are in line with corporate standards. Maintain updates going forward.
1.2 Academic staff produce course. Research and apply previous findings on e-learning, use successful programme of work and objective of progression to Level 2 ECDL. Write support material.
1.3 Curriculum Development Officer produce induction and support material.
1.4. Content to Web Developers to begin Stage 2.
1.5. Project Development Officer approach existing local business partners for engagement in platform testing. Contact JISC RSC for further guidance in this area.
1.6. Project Development Officer produce profile of performance measures for monitoring outcome success and to inform Stage 4.
STAGE 2 – Development
2.1. Using Stage 1 content and in liaison with authors, Web Developers produce e-learning course platform. Envisage use of Xerte designed for course creation and part of Moodle. Xerte is HTML 5 based which means ease of view on most smart devices ensuring wide accessibility of course.
2.2. Using Stage 1 content Web Developers produce automated course application and induction online solution. Envisage use of Xerte.
2.3. Using Stage 1 content Web Developers produce e-learner support material for platform use. Envisage use of adobe captivate.
STAGE 3 – Testing
3.1. Web Developer testing .Test on range of expected learner devices including iPad and laptop.
3.2. Stage 1 authors quality assure material in line with e-learning good practice, area lead and related support functions. Lead on Integrating Learning through Technology will be in post in 2014 to consult.
3.3. Revisions and retesting where required for content and web development. Adjust project plan timescales and review risk assessment if necessary.
3.4. Involve business partners as agreed at 1.5. for testing and feedback in employment environment.
3.5. Update JISC RSC partners re progress and launch, plan and timetable wider sharing of solution.
STAGE 4 – Launch, evaluation and maintenance
4.1. Launch project solution. Technical launch and project promotion. Involve College marketing and website in liaison with JISC Marketing and Communications. Use of devices to demonstrate solution to audiences.
4.2. Assessment of launch by whole project team. Communicate feedback to College Senior Managers and JISC RSC.
4.3 Project team and JISC RSC planning and review of wider launch progress with JISC support as defined in 3.5.
4.4. Analyse initial performance against measures defined in 1.6. Where appropriate communicate findings to JISC RSC, and to Senior Managers.
4.5. Project team meet to review initial success. Implement plan and resourcing for any modifications where appropriate. Use JISC resources and update. Establish timescale for next assessment and review.
PLANS FOR THE FUTURE
Plans for the future of the platform are secured by its capacity to be used by the wider community, providers and employers, with its Level 1 Functional Skills standard and e-learning delivery central to this. Expectations around sustaining the platform and keeping the profile and content current automatically form part of the project planning process. The learner support functions included in the platform are also key to sustaining e-learners and their progression. The need for this project is aligned with two of Canterbury College’s core values of inclusivity and equality of opportunity, and responsiveness and flexibility to the needs of learners, employers and communities. It will also support delivery of our strategic aims in the areas of; student experience, growing our business, business and community engagement, and progression and employability. This means the resources to continue to maintain, evaluate and deliver the project will be supported at all levels of the College leadership and management beyond the initial funding support.