Public Sector Educational Services
Open School BC can design, create and produce educational products for you that are effective and engaging. Our experts will work as part of a team that you’ve preassembled, or can lead the entire project from original concept to development and distribution. Regardless of your learning or training needs, we will help you develop the best solution through our expertise in the following areas:
Instructional Design and Development
- print, online, multimedia and complete e-learning solutions
- needs assessment
- facilitation of advisory body and focus group meetings
- curriculum design (DACUM process)
- coordination of subject matter experts
- instructional design plan
- development of instructional content
- evaluation and pilot testing
- instructional design
- instructional media
- e-learning technologies, standards, and specifications
- proposal writing, planning, budgets, and timelines
- establishment of teams and/or special interest groups
- management of teams, timelines, and budgets
- regular updates and reports
- facilitation of workshops, meetings, and pilot tests
- interactive multimedia design and development solutions
- video/audio production
- page/web design and layout for print and online
- HTML and XML publishing
- graphic design and illustration
- copy editing services
- online testing
- Printing services
Distribution and Delivery Services
- online hosting
- distribution of printed and/or online publications
- multimedia CDs
Our work is based on best practices in instructional design and follows an instructional design plan, which is our “blueprint” for development. This is not just a slogan for us; we focus on meeting identified learning outcomes and fulfilling the needs of your audience. Our development process involves a thorough review process, quality checkpoints, and pilot testing with the target audience.
Please see our Information Page for project details on a number of our recent accomplishments.
FAQ's: What's it like to work with Open School BC (OSBC)?
What is OSBC’s typical process for developing an e-learning solution?
We evaluate your requirements and determine the steps needed to develop quality educational products. We implement a systematic process for development that ensures key steps are not missed (e.g., needs assessment, planning, development, review, production, and distribution).
How long does it take to develop e-learning?
Depending on what you want developed and its scope, it can take anywhere from three months to a year to complete your project.
What technologies do you use?
We use the industry standards for publishing in print and on line including, but not limited to, Adobe InDesign, DreamWeaver, FrameMaker and Captivate. Our hosting service offers a leading edge, powerful, online Learning Management System. This allows anyone with a current computer, a web browser and an Internet connection to take your online training.
What would your role be in the project?
That depends on you and your needs. Some of our clients have been very involved throughout every step of the development process, while others have simply provided the input as required. Regardless of your specific needs, we will work closely with you to ensure that your needs are met to your satisfaction.
How much time must our organization dedicate to the project?
Again, this depends on you and the scope of your project. Typically, you must be able to assign at least one person to the project who can designate a minimum of one day a week to project-related issues. Larger projects may require significantly more time. As well, the major stakeholders must be available during the rollout and testing phases.
Can OSBC pilot test the material on our target learners?
Yes, absolutely! This is one of our most important steps in the development process. A pilot evaluation ensures that the materials are suitably developed and provides valuable feedback that can inform some final revision. Complete and thorough evaluation ensures that the educational product meets all your expectations.
FAQ's: What do we need to know about you?
What are your goals?
Who is your audience?
What is the nature of your project – multimedia, website, course, graphic design, etc.?
What is your timeline?
Is there a budget for this project? Has funding been approved?
What is your current stage of development?
What features/functions would you like to have included (i.e., animation, video, audio, glossary, login, Intranet links, etc.) ?
Do you have existing content? Is it in digital format?
Do you have samples of materials that have a “look and feel” that match your objectives?
Who are the major stakeholders in this project?
Who is responsible for developing the content?
Proofreading? Approving the content?
Will you be maintaining or editing the product after we’ve developed it for you?