Echelon brings centralised e-publishing of distance learning to Online Info 2007


A model for the central design and publishing of online qualification-based university and professional learning materials within the UK Government’s ‘Pathway to Professions’ initiative is one of the learning design themes of Echelon Learning’s stand (662) at December’s Online Information exhibition and conference.


[UKPRwire, Wed Oct 17 2007] A model for the central design and publishing of online qualification-based university and professional learning materials within the UK Government’s ‘Pathway to Professions’ initiative is one of the learning design themes of Echelon Learning’s stand (662) at December’s Online Information exhibition and conference.

Web-based ‘Urban Design Skills’ (UDS) learning has been commissioned from Echelon by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) to act as a central resource for universities and institutes participating in the government sponsored Pathway to Professions initiative.

The major cost in developing blended or distance learning courses for CPD, Diploma, Certificate or Masters qualifications lies in development and editing of the content. Origination costs for UDS learning are split eight ways between the universities and institutes involved, with editing handled centrally via a content management system and distribution centralised via the web.

Echelon has commissioned and published the learning so that it is consistent, attractive to use and easy to access.

Publishing is via a proprietary content management system offering a capability for interactive questions and hidden feedback. Distribution is via a ‘lite’ learning management system which allows for storage, search and usage tracking capabilities via the web.

Echelon specialises in developing and publishing a blend of proprietary and generic content for qualification, CPD and online performance support.

Clients include organisations ranging from institutes such as the RTPI, CIPS and the IIA, business schools and universities (Ashridge, Southbank University, Westminster Kingsway College) and corporate clients including BUPA, Moat, and Vodafone. Echelon’s virtual resource of 2,000 generic business and management modules can be accessed at www.learningmatters.com

The company sees the Urban Design Skills distance learning project as an important model for broader future application.

"It brings a centralised, easily edited and updated resource of professionally published material at a cost which can be reduced commensurately by the number of bodies sharing it," says director David Hill.

The world's leading event for online content and information management solutions, Online Information 2007 takes place from December 4-6th at Olympia, Grand Hall, London.

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Media contact: Peter Muir Tel + 44 (0)1296 715228; Email: echelon@pmpr.co.uk

Sales contact: David Hill Tel + 44 (0)20 8568 1500; Email: david@echelonl.com


About Echelon Learning Ltd

Echelon Learning is a consultancy-led publishing house that integrates electronically-delivered knowledge and learning into the development of management skills and business performance.

Echelon Consulting spearheads the company’s service with the development of new content in meeting clients’ requirements. This is usually derived from analysing employee knowledge and learning needs captured during client learning programmes.

Where appropriate, Echelon Publishing then offers this new content to a wider audience by publishing the material in generic format. This is made available in the form of easy to use ‘learning nuggets’ and is complimented with business development information licensed exclusively from one of the market’s best-known providers, Bloomsbury.

Echelon e-Learning provides the electronic systems which enable content to be published, distributed and usage tracked, and offers work-based solutions to a global audience. Echelon’s blended learning based on a bespoke site populated with material selected to support specific courses, builds knowledge prior to the event and refreshes application when back at the desk.

About Echelon Publishing
Echelon technologies help organisations place solutions at people’s fingertips, whether solving everyday business and work-related problems or helping gain qualifications and continued professional development.
Echelon:
• Has a content management system enabling informational or learning material to be developed or converted into XML so that it can be published and distributed in text and/or via the web.
• Has a learning management system to provide ready access via the web to highly structured information, which is easily searched and retrieved, and whose usage can be tracked and learning logged.
• Publishes and/or reformats content for professional bodies and commercial organisations to help students and employees maintain or develop requisite skills throughout their careers.
• Supports people from the outset of their careers in working with professional bodies to develop and deliver the learning content required by students in preparing for examination.
• Frees up the knowledge and learning contained within a business so that people have ready access to these resources in helping them to solve problems or develop their careers.

Company: Echelon


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