Training & Cooperation with digital media

We organise further training in the form of digital learning and cooperation.
Virtual educational services, as well as web-based cooperation provide an important addition to more traditional forms of education and cooperation-based relationships and is widely accepted in all sectors of society. Today, further training at one’s workplace and international cooperation have achieved a new form of quality:

The interactivity and temporal and spatial flexibility of internet-based further training offer excellent advanced training and cooperation opportunities. Good examples of these opportunities include virtual communities, used to exchange experience and knowledge worldwide, or virtual networks of experts.

Organisations are also able to internally use digital networks to make communication and collaboration across departmental borders possible, in-house personnel development increasingly takes place as digital training.

Service spectrum

The specific needs and the aims of an activity determine how virtual educational possibilities are used. The spectrum of possibilities is diverse and ranges from concise “educational snacks” (“Microlearning”), to more informal exchanges in social networks, and to courses which last several months or a whole year with face-to-face phases and such ones with massive and open participation (“MOOCS”). According to our experience, the right mixture of different online and offline learning strategies and media is especially promising (“blended learning”).

  • We develop custom-designed solutions for the implementation of educational activities with digital media and accompany the process from its conception to the final evaluation. The didactical consultation and planning is thereby a key element, to transform information offers to reasonable learning contexts.
  • We programme online courses, internet portals, topic-focused documentations and Open Source platforms in an methodological and appealing way and according to the latest standards (e.g. responsive design, which guarantees an adapted representation of the content on notebooks, PCs, smartphones and tablets).
  • We consult on matters related to the conception, development and management of virtual communities, which we also set up and take care of with our competence.
  • We conduct training on the topics of didactics and methodology of education with digital media, on the acquisition of media competence and the qualification of tele tutors.

Cooperation with digital media

For exchange and cooperation, we offer various open source solutions.

Our INCCAS-SOL platform for learning and cooperation is a Moodle platform. Moodle is one of the most widely spread Learning Management Systems (LMS) worldwide.

We set up, manage and supervise moodle-platforms (i.a. Open Source LMS) for the specific requirements of our customers (see examples of what we do)

Click here for a first insight into our Moodle: www.inccas-sol.net

 

Our approach

The following four steps, taking for example the development of a course offer, are required to create successful e-activities:

1. Analysis of needs & conception


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The needs and current situation of the specific target group are the starting point of our tailor-made further training courses. Besides previous knowledge and interests of participants, aspects that should be considered at this stage include their level of multimedia skills as well as the technological infrastructure available to them. When an activity is to be conducted internationally, a focus on intercultural questions is reasonable.

Based on the analysis of the client’s needs we develop the methodological concept:

It enables different learning activities which are presented in an appealing learning environment. This involves designing the learning environment and interactive tools that are best suited to the needs of the participants.

2. Production


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The content of the e-activity has to be developed in strong cooperation between an expert in the given field (content production) and an e-learning expert as well as with those responsible for the web design. Together they are responsible for the activity’s core components.

For the web design we use free authoring tools (eg. Exe-Learning, Xerte, WordPress) and proprietary authoring tools and software, eg. Articulate or Adobe Premiere. We produce our training packages according to international standards such as SCORM and programming languages such as HTML 5, CSS3, JavaScript and JQuery.

3. Implementation


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Virtual education relies to a great extent on the participants’ willingness and ability to learn on their own. Well edited learning material in the smallest dimensions, so-called learning nuggets allows self-directed learning even during working hours. Therefore Micro-Learning is increasingly demanded within companies and organisations.

According to our experience, entire courses are often little successful without the provision of systematic and adequate support. The medium itself and the availability of learning materials alone do not result in effective learning and co-operation: this requires competent support and moderation. This should be taken into consideration while managing the implementation of an offer.

4. Evaluation


evaluation

Constant evaluation helps us to determine how successful a single e-activity was and to identify deficits or aspects that need improvement. The evaluation can be undertaken while an activity is in progress (formative evaluation) or following its completion (summative evaluation). On the basis of the evaluation we create improvement measures for future course implementations.

Examples of what we do

Course development

Community Manager

German Anti-Discrimination Act (AGG) EvKHG Herne

Hospital Management for Health Professionals

Introducción a la Formación por Proyectos como estrategia de aprendizaje

Mecanismos de Denuncia

 
 

Platform development

DAAD Dhoch3

Platform for operational training in hospitals

Academia 4E

 
 

Web development

Website ESD EXPERT NET

Website CESDER-PRODES

Website Renate Ritzenhoff

Website for voluntary refugee aid in Bochum

Website for the East African Higher Education Quality Assurance Initiative