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A new e-learning module, and a new look

A new e-learning module, and a new look

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Screenshot of School Governors and Social Media

Today’s the day when we’re releasing our “School Governors and Social Media” e-learning module.  We’ve also taken the opportunity to spruce up the look of our other modules – here’s what we’ve been up to…

A new e-learning module

We’re very excited to be the first to offer school governors an interactive way to learn about social media and how their schools can use it to engage with their communities.  We outline not just the opportunities but the considerations too, and provide handy template strategies and guidance for governing bodies to download.

Twitterers in the Social Media module

The Chair of the NGA, Clare Collins, SGOSS, and high-profile school governance blogger Sean Whetstone also feature in the module, talking about how and why they use Twitter.   The module covers social media essentials (Facebook, Twitter, blogging, video/photo sharing) and features real-life case studies of schools who are embracing social media.

If you subscribe to Modern Governor, you’ll see this module the next time you login.  If you’re not a Modern Governor subscriber yet, email me for your free guest access.

A New Look

Aswell as developing new modules like this we’ve been updating our modules with the latest legislative changes and new links to Teachers TV videos.  Never one to miss an opportunity, I thought now was a good time to refresh the look of our e-learning modules.

New look modules

Here are the main changes:

1. We’ve introduced background images of real-life schools.  I’m very grateful to Pate’s Grammar School and Rowanfield Junior School in Cheltenham, for letting me snap photos very early one morning!  By the way – when you see the images, click on the right or left hand side and see what happens…this was just for fun!

2. You’ll now be able to move seamlessly from one topic to the next.  No more returning to the main menu to select the next topic.

3. Have to leave a topic unfinished? No problem – when you come back to the topic, it’ll tell you exactly what page you were on and return you to that exact page.

4. We’ve also made some changes to the way assessments are presented.

These changes will be rolled out over the next week or so.

What’s next?

If all that wasn’t enough to keep us busy, we’ve also been developing 2 new modules: “The Role of a Clerk” and “Minute Taking”.  These have been signed off by our subject matter expert and will be released very soon.

“How do you do all this so quickly?”, I hear you cry…

All our modules are developed using the Learning Pool Authoring Tool.  Alan Thorburn is the brains behind it, constantly creating ways to improve the e-learning experience for governors.  We have a fabulous content development team with boundless enthusiasm – in particular our wonderful Instructional Designer, Michelle Gallen who liaises with our subject matter experts and contributors.  Aine Bradley‘s team work tirelessly to publish the modules to our subscribers too.

Let me know what you think of our new modules and new look – I hope you like it!


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