Back in March 2013, the RVC Learn team ran a Small Private Online Course (SPOC) which aimed to teach staff how to use RVC Learn more effectively. Called “Learn RVC Learn”, the SPOC addressed the colleges need for a new flexible approach to staff training, and allowed staff to learn at anytime, at any pace and in any place.
The SPOC aimed to teach staff how to use RVC Learn. It covered all of the basic functions of Learn, as well as some more advanced features, all of which were taught in 4 weekly modules (Module 1 – Introduction to RVC Learn, Module 2 - Adding Resources and Activities, Module 3 – Using Communication Tools and Module 4 – Using Online Assessment Tools).
This unique online course could be taken in the users own time, and each module on the course took no longer than 2 hours to complete. Face to Face training was provided for each module, at each campus, as well as an introduction to the course in the first week and a wrap up session in the final week. Staff could choose whether to complete the whole course, or take selective modules they may be interested in. The face to face sessions were not mandatory and were run on a drop in basis.
Education Technology Magazine has an interesting article on the rise of the SPOC which features the RVC SPOC, and its creator, RVC Learn Manager Ben Audsley. “Going Boldly where no course has gone before” can be found here.