A nonprofit that offers credential programs tied to curriculum for k-12 math teachers approached Castle to convert instructional content from a face-to-face classroom format to a blended one.
The Castle Solution (Phase 1)
In initial conversations, it became evident to Castle that the nonprofit’s needs would not simply involve curriculum changes. Instead, moving to these new formats would be a dramatic change for the client’s entire business which was providing quality, face-to-face training.
Castle encouraged them to first undergo a comprehensive needs assessment to better understand and prepare for the systemic changes that would occur. This phase included an evaluation of their organizational goals and resources, learner requirements, industry opportunities and constraints, as well as a review of their existing courses. Castle also conducted a stakeholder survey to better understand the opinions and readiness of their instructors, members, and staff.
Castle’s consultative report provided guidance in many areas:
– Instructors indicated very limited experience with virtual teaching, so extra attention was given to their training and preparation ahead of course roll out.
– Research on professional development for teachers guided program structure and learner engagement efforts.
– Increased understanding of the efforts needed to create a comprehensive blended program which led to a revised and more realistic timeline for better development.
The Castle Solution (Phase 2)
Following completion of the initial consultation, the nonprofit decided to use the blended teaching format for a new program. For this phase, they needed recommendations on how the content could be designed using a blended approach and assistance in understanding the technology aspects needed for the virtual and online self-paced components.
Castle reviewed the curriculum outline and materials, as well as the client’s online registration portal. The final report included recommendations for the overall course delivery structure and identified specific considerations to be addressed by the client prior to final course development.
The report provided guidance in many areas, including
– Registration and marketing
– Discussion board for participants
– Considerations for breaking down the content by delivery format
– Specific instructional design recommendations
The Castle Solution (Phase 3)
Castle created a design scheme and prototype, then developed eleven (11) eLearning modules. The modules were developed as both Level 1 (click through content with static graphics, simple interactions, and quizzing) and Level 2 (use of more interactive exercises like scenario branching and increased use of audio/video components) using Captivate 9 authoring software.
Castle delivered the eleven HTML5-compliant modules to the client on time.
“Overall, I would say this was one of the most successful blended learning experiences I have ever had.” Feedback from a course participant