“To achieve great things, two things are needed: a plan, and not quite enough time”
The second aim of the project was to learn. We can honestly (and proudly) say that everyone who took part in the project learnt something – about content creation, about e-learning technology, and above all, how to work at speed.
We held a project briefing as soon as the commissions were announced, and kept everyone up to date with weekly emails throughout. The mentors met every week and were in regular contact with ‘”their” organisations. At the end of April we held a project CONFERENCE to showcase the content and share stories of the lessons learnt. Here’s what the key people from the commissioned organisations said about their experience of the project:
The SOUND BITES – lessons learnt
The longer version:Lessons learnt ILRS (PDF)
The TOP TIPS – things we’d do differently next time
JISC PROJECT TEAM
The Jisc Project Team of mentors and advisors worked with the commissioned organisations to facilitate networking and ensure that the commissions were of a consistently high standard. Read who they were and what they said about the experience.
Before starting out, we wanted to learn about our learners. In order to develop our own understanding of who our target audiences were, we created a set of learner personas to share with colleagues inside and outside Jisc. These have generated a lot of interest, and we all agreed that this was a worthwhile (and fun) thing to do. We reproduce them here to encourage and inspire others to think about individuals as well as numbers!
Here are the vocational areas we covered (inevitably, we didn’t cover the whole sector)
We gave them names and a back story. Click on PERSONAS – WHO’S WHO to find out more about them (we didn’t commission content for the areas in grey):
Timescales were tight. But we kept in mind the famous quote from Leonard Bernstein and, by the time the commissioned content was published, we agreed that this gave the project a focus.
- September 2014 – community opportunity published
- October 2014 – deadline for proposals
- November 2014 – project briefing for commissioned organisations
- December 2014 – Jisc project team
- January – March 2015 – content creation
- March – May 2015 – content goes live on Jorum
Here are the key MILESTONES of the project.