Virtual College responded to a tender request which came through the G-Cloud portal: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/the-g-cloud-framework-on-the-digital-marketplace. The G-Cloud framework is an agreement between the government and suppliers who provide cloud-based services. buying services through frameworks is faster and cheaper than entering into individual procurement contracts.
The requirement was to create a suite of 7 e-learning courses for British Council global staff on topics such as exam invigilation.
The training courses were being delivered by the British Council as instructor led training but the purpose was to produce a module for each topic which lasted for about an hour via e-learning.
Work has now started on building the new modules within the specific brand guidelines of the British Council.
Virtual College scored highest in all four categories for marking the response and we have been very pleased with the quality of the resources created so far.
The Carbon Literacy Project, founded in Manchester, aims to offer every person living, working and studying in Manchester a day’s worth of Carbon Literacy training by 2020. Virtual College collaborated with them to create an interactive e-learning course that gives learners a solid understanding of climate change and advice on what actions they can take to help move their own organisations towards adopting a low carbon culture. From animated videos to digestible infographics, we have designed our content to suit a broad audience.
Before working with Virtual College, we had surveyed all the e-learning resources in the public domain that we could find, so we already knew what was out there. Our opinion, and the opinion of colleagues who've encountered it, is that this is now the best e-learning resource for the teaching and communication of climate change to a general audience, we've ever seen. We simply don't know a better one.
Virtual College partnered with Bradford College to develop innovative and engaging digital resources for the free of charge Hairdressing Training service from Jisc, the digital services and solutions organisation for UK education and research.
These include videos, step-by-step guides and assessment activities. The resources cover subjects from cutting to colouring, reception and salon duties.
Virtual College offered us the best chance of delivering engaging and interactive learning resources, enabling the content to stand the test of time until the next update to the National Occupation Standards. I’m really pleased with the resources that are now available and anticipate them being used by a large number of students and their tutors.