“I knew online was the way to go but I could not find the right blended model I wanted out there. We didn’t know if the idea was right, if it would work, and how to ensure quality assurance.”
I was working with a colleague at the time who said to me: ‘If you can imagine it – it can happen – and I know the people who can make it happen.’ It was then that I was introduced to Learnovate.”
Funding from ESB allowed An Cosán to engage Learnovate’s services. An Cosán commenced a pilot project in collaboration with community partners across the country. The pilot blended-learning project began with 15 people, with Learnovate monitoring it all the way.
Learnovate held brainstorming and solution-storming sessions with An Cosán Stakeholders to identify the most valuable solutions to meet the instructional design needs of An Cosán’s learners. Learnovate then developed a bespoke instructional design model for An Cosán, which they have been running and delivering ever since through their Virtual Community College (VCC).
The model, based on solid research, combines face-to-face workshops with online learning and assignments as well as virtual classrooms. Discussion, interaction and teamwork make for both an enjoyable and rewarding learning experience.
“One of our key strategic goals was to scale the centre’s impact nationally. Learnovate’s support allowed us to move seamlessly towards a blended model of virtual and face-to-face learning that made courses accessible to disadvantaged communities nationwide.”