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5 Jan 2012

A request from Nick Osborne of REconomy

Hi this is Nick Osborne here from the REconomy team. If you haven’t heard of us, REconomy is a project being run through Transition Training & Consulting, to support people in building new kinds of local economies. Next month we are releasing a website jam-packed with tools, resources, links and information to support people in doing this.  Here’s a taste of what’s to come: 

We are working with a pilot group of 10 Transition Initiatives who have told us that they would also like online training resources to use with their groups and communities. So I am currently researching options to do this. I also deliver the Transition Launch training and the Introduction to Effective Groups training and am considering how we may be able to use E-learning methods to support or deliver these trainings too.

As a trainer, I see a considerable overhead for groups in getting face-to-face training from trainers. Overheads in terms of cost of the trainer’s fees and expenses, in terms of the effort involved in organising live training events with venue, food, accommodation etc. And also the carbon overhead of all the travel involved. In times such as they are, I’m seeing this overhead becoming more of a stretch than it used to be. So e-learning may be a good low-carbon, customizable, modular and easily accessible option for a range of different learning needs?

I’m writing to ask if anyone reading this might have some knowledge or expertise in this area? I do know something about it, but would also benefit from some expertise or wider perspectives. We need to choose an e-learning platform for this and I’m looking for recommendations.  Moodle is so far is looking like the best option. It has an ethos and philosophy of learning which aligns with the Transition ethos; its free and open source; it is the standard platform used in education sector; and whoever I have asked about it has recommended it.

Anyone got any expertise in this area? Experience of and opinions about the pros and cons of using Moodle? Any other recommendations? Please comment below or let me know directly at nick (at) response-ability.org.uk . Thanks!

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4 Comments

Jeff Mowatt
8 Jan 12:42pm

Nick,

Here’s something to introduce the concept of a people-centered local economy:

http://www.ecademy.com/node.php?id=172677

Dave Dann
9 Jan 1:43pm

Hello Nick
I use and administer a Moodle server at work on a small scale on our intranet. It is an efficient front-end to our courses. It enables control of the access and admin of the courses as we require.
I have also installed Moodle on my home network and the intallation procedure worked fine.
No further experience but I’d like to have a go at using it over the internet. Also like to test run the feedback of data via SCORM.

Joel Welty
12 Jan 9:10pm

Nick:
My career has been in training the boards of directors and the staffs of cooperatives, with emphasis on housing co-ops. We have always been community oriented. We have started many new co-ops, all of which are local and democratic. I would be glad to work with you in development of the kinds of programs you are talking about. I am, though retired, still on the Publications Committee of the National Association of Housing cooperatives and a connection there might prove useful.
Joel Welty, Blanchard, Michigan

Nanci Cunha
13 Jan 10:18pm

I would like to intruduce you to TGL!
http://www.tgl.tv/users/login
It is wonderful to be here and be past of this wonderful work!