Training & Cooperation

We organise further training in the form of internet-based learning and cooperation.
Online education provides 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 social networks to make communication and collaboration across departmental borders possible.

Service spectrum

The specific needs and the aims of an activity determine how educational possibilities are used on the internet. The spectrum of possibilities is diverse and ranges from concise “educational snacks” (“Microlearning”), to more informal exchanges in social networks (à la Facebook), 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 web-based educational activities and accompany the process from its conception to the final evaluation.
  • We programme online courses, internet portals, topic-focused documentations and Open Source platforms in an appealing way and according to the latest standards. For websites we use 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 social networks and other 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 online education, on the acquisition of media competence and the qualification of tele tutors.

Our quality features

Up-to-date contents Inter-cultural dialogue Use of a variety of media

Our internet-based training measures stick to the following quality features:

  • Up-to-date contents, created in cooperation with renowned experts, often from universities and universities of applied sciences
  • Orientation towards practice: the acquisition of knowledge and competence is geared towards the particular practice of the individual
  • Orientation towards experience: we take the experiences and interests of learners seriously: not only when designing the curriculum but also by promoting exchange with other learners and experts through professional tutorial facilitation
  • Use of a variety of media: the courses are prepared in a way that appeals to the heart, mind, and intellect. Interactive and animated illustrations, audio and video units guarantee that the courses meet the needs of different learner types.
  • Inter-cultural dialogue: to find one’s way with other cultures‘ customs, behavioural patterns, and communication styles and to respect and involve oneself with these

 

We set our focus on process-accompanying competence development. Not only do we develop courses, but we also train our partners in developing their own e-learning competences:

  • Specialised authors learn to develop content in a way that makes interactive e-learning possible
  • Participants acquire media literacy as a result of qualified tutorial facilitation
  • Institutions are supported in building up their own e-capacities

Social Learning

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.

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

 

You want to take advantage of a social network in a data-protected internal part of your organisation?buddypress_logoThanks to our INCCAS-Community we have experience with the Open Source Software BuddyPress and can establish and look after internal social networks on request.

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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Online 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

Hospital Management for Health Professionals

Introducción a la Formación por Proyectos como estrategia de aprendizaje

Community Manager

Academia 4E

Mecanismos de Denuncia


 
 

Web development

Website Renate Ritzenhoff

Website for voluntary refugee aid in Bochum

Website for the East African Higher Education Quality Assurance Initiative