Supporting Remote Learning

As we all know, many people have unfortunately lost their jobs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Thousands are now needing to retrain or upskill in readiness for the next chapter in their careers. At the same time, lots of furloughed employees have been using the lockdown period to learn new things and bolster their skills and knowledge. To meet these needs, education providers have had to quickly adapt their delivery models, switching from traditional face-to-face delivery to remote delivery.

As one of the country’s leading publishers of distance learning resources, we are ideally placed to help education providers at this time. If you are a college, local authority or ITP and you need to switch to a more remote or online learning model, please get in touch.

Our learning resources are awarding organisation-endorsed and support the cost-effective delivery of over 30 AEB-funded qualifications. What’s more our portfolio of resources contains some of the most in-demand qualifications at this incredibly difficult time, such as:

How can we help?

We have a very simple model, one that combines traditional hard copy material and e-learning. Using this hybrid model, means that there’s no need for your staff to learn how to use a third-party learner management system, no complex contracting arrangements and no need to risk buying multiple licences (which you might never fully use). Our model enables you and your delivery team to get up to speed quickly and keeps your upfront costs to a minimum.

  • We’ll send learners a hard copy resource on your behalf for their chosen qualification. We can even brand the packaging with your logo to give it that personal touch. As a publisher of educational books, you will not be surprised to know that we love textbooks. Judging from the huge spike in sales we’ve seen over the last six weeks, it would also appear that lots of education providers and learners do too! Although we’re big fans of technology as well (see below), our experience and feedback tells us that, given the choice, learners still prefer to study from, keep and refer back to a hard-copy learning resource.

  • We’ll provide you with e-assessments for all the qualifications we support with our resources. Don’t worry we’re not Luddites. We are aware of our responsibility to promote digital skills and we know that lots of learners dislike having to hand write all their coursework. We also realise that providers need a fast and cost-effective way of receiving work from their learners. Therefore, we provide e-assessments to go with all our hard copy resources, enabling learners to complete their course remotely and submit their work to you electronically. Best of both worlds!

We understand that some of our competitors have used the current situation to launch their ‘online’ learning offer. Quite often, this is little more than an e-book and involves an awful lot of onscreen reading and flipping between screens (learning material and assessment). If you want this option, we can certainly provide it. However, we believe that a high-quality, learner-friendly and visually exciting hard copy resource combined with a straightforward
e-assessment enables learners to retain more knowledge and are more likely to remain motivated to complete their qualification.

If you would like to discuss the practicalities of our offer, drop us a line today at info@hallmarkeducation.org.uk

Further reading:

Read about the ‘forgotten third’ who simply cannot shift to online learning.

Read about how physical books still outsell e-books.

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