The SCHOLAR Approach
SCHOLAR’s approach is focussed on independent learning and formative assessment with emphasis on providing students with repeated practice and immediate feedback. The main purposes of our learning materials and assessments are to:
- enhance the users‘ learning experience by providing a space of learning approaches,
- allow students to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding;
- motivate students by providing an opportunity to review and consolidate what they have learned;
- inform students about their strengths and weaknesses so that they can improve their performance.
The structure of a typical SCHOLAR course is made up of units consisting of self-contained topics, which cover a particular areas of the curriculum. Through collaboration with subject authors and specialists the development team creates effective e-learning content to support individual and classroom learning. As a student progresses through a topic they will be provided with theory, interactive exercises and tests. Stimulating visual materials are developed in the form of static illustrations, dynamic interactivities and simulations, and videos. Audio resources have also been integrated into some courses to help provide a diverse range of media suitable for all types of learner.
These components are then followed by an end of topic test where the learning objectives are covered. This enables the student to receive feedback on their progress and reflect on their understanding of the subject matter. End of unit tests are also included and provide students with the opportunity to practice for their upcoming summative assessments.
For teachers, we provide detailed feedback on the students’ results for the end of topic and end of unit tests. This allows a teacher to identify strengths and weaknesses which can help to support the teaching and learning process.
Our Development Team
The SCHOLAR development team draw on vast experience and skill sets from varied backgrounds and aims to be at the forefront of e-learning.
My duties require that I liaise with subject authors, developers and partner organisations in the production of new courses for web and print. I have also been developing the capacity for SCHOLAR to provide training online.
My role primarily involves the development of interactivities and illustrations for use in our online and print materials and I was also responsible for standardising the look and feel of the interactivities in all courses developed since 2009. I particularly enjoyed making two short films to showcase the use of SCHOLAR in different classrooms for our 2010 Conference and would like to extend our use of multimedia in general. I also manage our social media accounts and oversaw the popular SCHOLympics competition during summer 2012.
Web and Application Developer
My main duties include the continual development of the SCHOLAR site. I ensure the best web technologies are applied whilst maintaining wide browser support. I am also responsible for the development of applications required by the team which include the Print Processing System and publishing of educational materials.
Content Development Team Leader
As the Content Development Team Leader my duties focus on managing the development team to ensure SCHOLAR meets the overall goals. Additionally I am responsible for publishing content to the VLE and processing the print versions of the materials. I enjoy undertaking the day to day challenges and working alongside a strong development team.
My role involves the technical side of the SCHOLAR registration process, statistical reporting and maintenance of the Discussion Boards.
Educational Developer (Assessment)
I am responsible for designing and developing assessments for the SCHOLAR subjects, where the focus is on formative assessment. Another key part of my role is contributing towards the ongoing design of the in-house assessment system allowing the development of appropriate functionality to support the educational needs of our subjects.
My main duties include the mark-up of author materials to produce web and print courses; this involves integrating the work of subject authors, developers and the assessment team. I am also responsible for the subject discussion boards and the error correction system. I originally joined SCHOLAR as a chemistry author and continue to write science content.
My role involves the analysis, design, development and support of application and database systems using a variety of languages and technologies.
My role primarily focuses on the development and maintenance of interactivities and images for use within the online course materials. I have led the projects to redesign and improve functionality of the SCHOLAR e-learning website and also the public SCHOLAR site.