In 2019, the Training Station will start working with a new partner, the Royal Agricultural University in Cirencester, UK. The RAU is receiving government funding under the Catalyst programme to develop full postgraduate courses which students will follow almost totally online. There is a need for large quantities of video resources to be produced to a tight budget. We will use lightweight video production techniques honed in our work in the development sector to produce films to a high standard at modest cost.
Online courses are especially valuable for pre-workshop preparation, or for post-workshop follow-up, but can also be delivered as standalone courses for those unable to attend face-to-face training.
The Training Station brings together the team which devised, created and managed the BBC’s online learning platform, iLearn. This gave the team direct experience of creating more than 150 online modules, translating them into 15 or more languages and delivering them in a wide variety of situations to thousands of learners.
Today we use Facebook, blogging platforms and even short-form messaging such as SMS and Twitter to communicate and educate. However, we find there is still a need for a dedicated learning platform (often known as a learning management system or LMS, or virtual learning environment, or VLE) which gives programme managers a clear oversight of activity and enables professional courses to be quickly assembled and made available to learners.
We recently developed an online learning platform which would work in Arabic and Farsi for the US-based organisation, Internews. We then created brand new courses for working journalists – among them, modules in journalistic ethics, reporting human rights, and operating safely.
We have built an all-new learning platform for Nigeria in conjunction with the British Council and are currently developing an online Masters course in conflict-sensitive journalism.