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EnvELOP gets a much needed boost

E4C's e-learning programme

I am delighted to report that EnvELOP has received a much needed boost from a grant awarded to help with developing content and upgrading our e-learning platform.

EnvELOP stands for Environmental Education and Learning Online Programmes and will be E4C’s vehicle for delivering lessons and activities using rich media.  This will include serious games (educational games), virtual learning environments, and video tutorials as well as downloadable resources for use by teachers, parents and students.

The grant has been awarded by Business Link’s Innovation Advisory Service programme, and will buy us consultancy support from Three Hares and our e-learning upgrade from Light Media.

In time, it is our aim for EnvELOP to provide a robust and comprehensive e-learning resource for schools, other wildlife conservation organisations, parents, children and young people.

If you would like more information about EnvELOP or any of E4C’s programmes, then please contact me on 01788 833232 or by email: denise.taylor@btinternet.com

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July 13, 2010 at 11:07 pm Leave a comment

Harvesting the Sunshine

I’m delighted to announce that we have been awarded funding support through Innovation Networks for the development of our bee game aimed at primary school children.  The game will form part of our blended learning provision under the Harvesting the Sunshine banner, which comprises e-learning materials and resources, games, and the Inspired by Nature workshops.

We have also been awarded INDEX vouchers to the value of £3,000 to buy academic support for EnvELOP and Inspired by Nature.  At the moment, I’m hoping that this will help us with the develoment of environmental education materials.  We need writers and graphic designers to produce robust lesson plans and information for the e-learning programmes.

Final Presentation

Final Presentation

From November 2008 to March 2009 we had the privilege of working with a group of Practice of Management students from Warwick Business School who helped with the strategy development for EnvELOP as part of their year long MBA programme.  I am delighted to report that the POM students won the prize for the best project.

This is the second group of POM students that E4C has worked with, and both have been very successful projects. 

We are in the process of writing our submission for the next intake of students in October 2009. 

We are still seeking writers and developers to produce education materials for our e-learning programmes.  If you or anyone you know can help with this, then please do get in touch with me.  Email: denise.taylor at btinternet.com

May 23, 2009 at 7:14 pm Leave a comment

On being inspired…

Both the EnvELOP and Inspired by Nature projects have moved on in leaps and bounds in the past week.  The overall business plan is almost complete, together with financial forecasts, and this will help us to better prepare our funding bids.  We have a few significant funding pots to apply for, and we need to get this pushed forward quickly now. 

We attended two e-learning workshops this week.  One was at the Serious Games Institute in Coventry which always provides lots of inspiration and motivation, as well as the opportunity to meet some great contacts.  This workshop was about serious games and education, and was attended by a few notable people.  This included one of the founder members of Human League and Heaven 17, Martyn Ware, and for those of us of a certain age, this was an interesting diversion during the day.   Martyn is now working on 3D sound projects, and presented on his latest project working with a sensory studio for autistic children.  Truly uplifting stuff.

Inspired by Nature has been receiving the loving attention of two wonderful fine artists, Bob Meddings and Lou Dean, who have taken me and this project under their wings and are nurturing its growth.  So far they have developed four workshop programmes for E4C to take forward into 2009, and things are getting very exciting.  One of the projects is about bees which will tie in very nicely with the serious game about bees being developed for the EnvELOP project. 

If there is a one in a million chance of a philanthropic sponsor ever reading this blog  and would like to sponsor the work we are doing, then please, please get in touch. 

And finally, E4C has received some fantastic support from a wide range of people.  I feel very humbled by the generosity that everyone has displayed.  What a great motivator to really get these projects off the ground.  A huge thank you to you all (you know who you are)….

January 18, 2009 at 10:27 pm Leave a comment

EnvELOP

E4C is using WordPress to keep a track of our new project called EnvELOP (Environmental Education & Learning Online Programmes). 

EnvELOP is in development phase and will provide a comprehensive range of e-learning courses using Rich Learning Media.  There are three key target groups for EnvELOP comprising children, young people and professional educators in enviromental and conservation education.

This blog will chart our journey as the project develops.

December 30, 2008 at 8:28 pm Leave a comment


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