As part of our 10 year anniversary celebrations, we are hearing from some of the Pamoja people who bring you our courses and aim to make learning with us rewarding and successful.   

In previous blogs James Schollar, our Product Owner and Producer from the Technical Development Team, has given insight into how we work with subject specialists to develop and review course contentto best practice and quality standards.  

Here, he explains how as part of our design principles, we test and review courses.   

We work to a rigorous course development process which is key to the heritage of trust that we have established over the last 10 years delivering the IB online. We are now extending our online expertise to Cambridge International Schools and teaching of Cambridge IGCSE and International AS and A Level courses will begin in September 2019 

We know that working to best practice from the early stages of online design and production through the checking process during and after the courses are made live, leads to user confidence in our courses.  

Specific stage checks for our IB Programme courses include product producers like me guiding lesson scripts during content writing. We look out for consistency and ensure that objectives are covered. In addition, we check that all rights and permissions processes have been followed. 

From the outset we work with experienced course writers and established practitioners including examiners and chief examiners and this is particularly important during testing and review. For examplefor our IB courses, an initial review looking at the scope and sequence, alignment with curriculum and assessment in the planned course. All courses are proofed by a subject expert and have permissions and copyright checks. 

As we prepare to deliver world-renowned Cambridge courses through our platform, we will continue to work with experts to make sure that our new users will also have a good experience online and get results.  

Before releasing courses, we make sure that content is functionally meeting its intended purpose, for example checking whether there are any navigation issues and whether interactive content is working as designed. We give close attention too to lesson layout and presentation.   

Upon release, we keep a close eye on any user queries, and annually gather student feedback. This leads me back to where I started, to the heritage that we have establishedAfter 10 years, we have a maturity in our approach to online learning that successfully balances curriculum design, user experience and learning principles to ensure students have the best chance of success. 

To see how our courses work from either a student’s or a school’s perspective, please submit your request to arrange a suitable time and date for a demonstration.

The next in this series of blogs will feature Academic and Schools Services team members who will cast light on how we support Pamoja teachers and students to help them on their way to success.   


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