Ideas4learning provides a range of services and most of our clients are from the education and skills sector. We have considerable experience working with FE colleges, Community Learning and Skills, Work-based Learning and Offender Learning and Skills providers.
We understand the issues all organisations face, we provide a flexible approach, recognising individual needs. Ideas4learning provide a diverse range of opportunities.
We provide expertise in managing projects.The key components of our project management and risk management are to adopt a PRINCE2 approach which offers a flexible and adaptable framework. We also like to use the Sliding Planning Window concept when planning. As well as managing our own projects we can provide organisations with support and advice in planning their own project.
Many projects require external evaluating and we can carryout this service for you. We develop a evaluation plan at the commencement of a project, identifying how the evaluation data will be identified and collected throughout the life of the project. This process enables a systematic and objective assessment of the project to take place and to measure the achievement of project aims, objectives and outputs.
Effective use of digital technology
Our core business is the development of technology within teaching, learning and assessment and aim to inspire organisations with ideas and support. With backgrounds in education we provide a strong focus on pedagogy as well as teaching the skills to develop and use both technology and software creatively.Some of the services we provide in this area are as follows:
strategic planning for organisations on the use of technologies for learning.
managers: to raise the awareness of the opportunities that technologies can bring to teaching and learning.
staff CPD – training on the application of specific technologies and software applications and how they can be used to enhance the teaching , learning and assessment. Improving the skills and confidence of staff in the use of technologies.
using the VLE effectively.
As well as supporting staff undertaking action research projects we can undertake all or collaborate in a research project undertaking all or some of the following aspects:Examples:
developing surveys and questionnaires
planning and facilitating consultation events and focus groups.
collecting/recording and analysis of data.
Resource development and publications
We have a range of options that we provide in the development of resources and publications. In addition to write paper-based/online guides and resources we convert paper-based resources to interactive online resources using software such as Xerte or Articulate StoryLine. We use Instructional Design methodology, ADDIE. As teachers we understand pedagogy to facilitate effective learning, using multimedia rich, interactive, self-assessing content that covers learning outcomes.
Online courses and webinars
With the FELTAG report there has been an increased demand for the development of blended on line courses. We can design online courses for a range of platforms for self study or blended delivery. We also have our own virtual classroom, (Adobe Connect) and can deliver webinars on how to use virtual classrooms or alternatively delivery CPD or your business requirements using the tool.
Providing VLE support
Organisations sometimes do not have the time or in-house expertise to provide admin support for a virtual learning environment. We can provide this service along with any CPD training that may be needed to upskill staff.
Maths, Financial Literacy and Family Learning
We have worked extensively in this area and provide a range of services including the planning and delivery of CPD events, writing products and guides, supporting the development of action research projects and the development of digital technology. Since 2014 we have been been involved with the ETF Maths Pipeline programme delivering maths programmes for Staff CPD in the SE and London areas.
We bring to our work integrity and commitment and strive to provide an outstanding service with a strong adherence to equality and diversity.