At Communicate-ed, in common with schools, colleges, universities and businesses across the UK, we needed to change our plans for 2020. Our business was founded upon our well attended face to face autumn training in Examination Access Arrangements, taken to cities around the UK. But this year has been different. We consulted our regular delegates to see what sort of training you would prefer this year, and overwhelmingly you told us that you would be reluctant to attend at a venue, even if government regulations allowed it. In addition, venues contacted us to cancel our bookings as they were not able to house us within distancing guidelines.
We therefore made the decision to offer two course delivery options for Update/Refresher training in Examination Access Arrangements in 2020, both of which were online. Communicate-ed has led the way in online training in this field over the last decade, and we are confident to build on this further. The choices we offered were either live interactive webinars or a pre-recorded video presentation. The basic course content is the same in each, but the Webinars provided opportunities for live interaction with both the presenters and colleagues. Choose which one works best for you.
As ever, these are not basic courses and will assume a level of knowledge and experience. Attendees will be required to confirm that they have a good knowledge of the JCQ regulations. For details of our introductory course, please click here.
Throughout the period of lockdown we have offered and delivered live, interactive webinars on the popular Zoom meetings platform. We used this same proven technology for the Autumn series of courses. We chose to restrict participant numbers in each webinar and throughout the sessions there were opportunities for this to be broken down further into a number of ‘breakout rooms’, allowing real-time small group interaction and discussion. Questions were dealt with in two smaller groups, allowing maximum time for answers.
We used breakout rooms to offer the option for colleagues to gather together in groupings relating to their role and setting - as we have always done. These were informal,
providing an opportunity to talk about issues of common concern. Delegates regularly find these extremely useful and encouraging.
Please note that we were not recording the webinars due to data protection issues with the interactive element of the course. It is not possible to view the course again after the live presentation.
It is ideal for those who wish to engage in the training at a date and time of their own choosing. It also offers the opportunity to watch the training video more than once to reinforce learning.