eLearning does not occur ‘naturally’ within educational spaces. Without concerted efort the focus on delivering change can overtake the capacity to undertake the learning required to facilitate that change. The SiS Catalyst project recognized this and developed 4 separate E-learning courses for the change agency community. E-learning is heralded as one way of overcoming this learning conundrum. By being flexible and accessible, they can fit around the range of commitments that pull educators away from their own education. The project developed E-learning courses in three different areas. The topics selected aimed to address the key areas and audience for the SiS Catalyst project. The aim was also to reach the wider audience within the education community.
Many organisations working to engage children in new and challenging ways face their own challenges, often in maximising impact with limited resources. How they manage the information and knowledge they have within the organisation is crucial. This knowledge is not mainly a physical resource in papers and reports etc. but the skills, expertise and experience of the organisation itself. The course offers interactive tools that organisations can apply to their own contexts to enable them to build their capacity for change.
An aim of the SiS catalyst project was to develop ways of embedding ethical practice into the fabric of work with children. Many organisations and practitioners in the field are acutely aware they are engaged in a sensitive area. The course gives them the opportunity to refect on that underpinned by insights from the field of ethics. In particular, it looks to help them navigate that line between protectionism and paternalism. How can we be mindful of the vulnerabilities of children, yet at the same time look to empower them?
Building Creative Web Sites for Children
This E-learning course deals with the topic of creating specialised web sites where the target audience is children. The design of such websites should be in accordance with the preferences, abilities, and capacity to manage information, needs, interests and searching habits of young people, as well as with their cognitive and motoric skills. The frst part of the course covers the state of the art analysis in the field of web site development for children and the later chapters contain practical tips, examples of best practices and consideration of the ethical issues involved.
Listening and Empowering: Children and Young People in Science in Society Activities
This E-learning course is based on the idea that listening to and empowering children is a duty and an opportunity for anyone involved in science with and for young people. The guide starts with a short theoretical background and includes several practical tools, which explain how to empower children in their relationship with science. They aim to enable young people to progress toward a sense of ownership using their own motivations to achieve empowerment.