Merged Futures

Spokes Education will be exhibiting at Merged Futures on Friday 14th June 2019 (10am-6pm). Merged Futures will showcase the digital talent on offer in Northampton and how it can be harnessed to unlock the potential of the local digital economy in the county. The event will connect digital companies and educators with those interested in…

Mental Health Awareness Week 2019

Recently at Spokes Education we’ve been working in partnership with some inspiring organisations to develop a range of thought-provoking courses around workplace resilience and well-being. With World Mental Health Awareness Week in full swing, I decided to take some time to consider what helps me to achieve a good level of well-being (physically and mentally,…

Desire, Fear and E-Learning

Desire and fear drive every decision we make in life. Desire is evident from early in life. The decision to climb a tree was easy for me as a child. The desires to conquer new challenges and impress friends were high. There was no fear to make me hesitate. Skip ahead a few years and…

Starting (and continuing) the flexible working conversation.

If you’re reading this, you may already know that Spokes Education has recently undergone quite a few significant changes. That’s everything from re-branding, to expanding and taking on a Learning Technologist (me!). Since day one it’s been a hugely positive experience becoming part of the business. In a short time, I’ve seen some exciting new…

Personalisation In Blended Learning

Part 2: Artificial contact In the next instalments of this series on blended learning, Dr. Mark Spokes explores the most essential elements of personalisation in education and blended learning. There are precarious false paths that must be avoided in the pursuit of this “holy grail” of learning. In particular the propensity to favour technological advances…

Making learning and education accessible to everyone

“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.” – Oscar Wilde There’s no denying it, life is busy! Many of us have hectic schedules and heavy workloads. Nonetheless, most of us can relate to that feeling of wanting to ‘give something back’. The prospect of volunteering seems like an impossibility sometimes.…

The story of our re-brand. What makes a brand?

Although we consider ourselves an “Educational” and online learning company first and foremost, we also wanted to show that we can make things look great too – so recently decided that a re-brand was in order. As Mark is not only a super smart academic, but an excellent graphic designer (no hint of jealousy, honest),…

Personalisation in blended learning

Part 1: Making contact In the next instalments of this series on blended learning, Dr. Mark Spokes explores the most essential elements of personalisation in education. There are precarious false paths that must be avoided in the pursuit of this “holy grail” of learning, particularly the propensity to favour technological advances over the thoughtful integration…

Outsourcing LMS Administration v Hiring

More organisations are outsourcing support services than ever before, but how do you decide if it’s beneficial to your organisation? Before we look at some of the key areas of outsourcing LMS administration, ask yourself the following questions: How much support will your users need? How critical is the learning and/or service provided? When will…

Our new Learning Technologist – Welcome Rachel Murray!

We are delighted to welcome Rachel Murray to the Spokes Education team! Rachel Murray is a former teacher, who also happens to be an amazing designer – we couldn’t have asked for much more. She is joining us as a Learning Technologist and will initially be working on a range of projects, from e-learning course…

The Craft of Blending Learning. Part 4: Complementing the Blend

In this blog series, Dr. Mark Spokes, Education Consultant and Pedagogy Specialist, explains why blending learning is the right option for many online learning service providers. He describes what features of blended learning are needed for successful online learning and how to best implement them. Complementing the Blend “A person cannot teach another person directly;…

The Craft of Blending Learning. Part 3: Balancing the Blend

In this blog series, Dr. Mark Spokes, Education Consultant and Pedagogy Specialist, explains why blending learning is the right option for many online learning service providers. Mark describes what features of blended learning are needed for successful online learning and how to best implement them. Balancing the Blend “Education either functions as an instrument to…

The Craft of Blending Learning. Part 2: The Blend Base

In this blog series, Dr. Mark Spokes, Education Consultant and Pedagogy Specialist, explains why blended learning is the right option for many online learning service providers. He describes what features of blended learning are needed for successful online learning and how to best implement them. The Blend Base “If we teach today’s students as we…

The Craft of Blending Learning. Part 1: The Perfect Blend

In this blog series, Dr Mark Spokes, Education Consultant and Pedagogy Specialist, explains why blended learning is the right option for many online learning service providers. He describes what features of blended learning are needed for successful online learning and how to best implement them. The Perfect Blend “Flipping the classroom is more about a…

Which LMS? Part 3: Researching

There are over 600 LMSs (Learning Management Systems) on the market (you may also know them as VLEs or Learning Platforms just to add even more confusion). In this series of blogs, I’ll be taking you through the process of finding the right LMS for you. I’ll look at seeking recommendations, defining your requirements and…

Which Learning Management System? Part 2: Defining Your Requirements

There are over 600 Learning Management System products (LMSs) on the market (you may also know them as VLEs or Learning Platforms just to add even more confusion). In this series of blogs, I’ll be taking you through the process of finding the right one for you. I’ll look at seeking recommendations, defining your requirements…

Which Learning Management System? Part 1: Recommendations

There are over 600 LMSs (Learning Management System) on the market. You may also know them as VLEs or Learning Platforms – just to add even more confusion. In this series of blogs, I’ll be taking you through the process of finding the right one for you. I’ll talk about seeking recommendations, help you define…

Our free online learning consultation – What, where, why?

If someone tells you that something is free, you’ll be forgiven for asking what the catch is. As we offer a no catch, no obligation free online learning/e-learning consultation, I thought I better explain exactly what that means and why we do it. What can you expect from an online learning consultation? It sounds obvious…

News: New Partnership with eThink Education

Spokes Education and eThink Education Partner to Offer Online Learning Services to Moodle & Totara LMS Users eThink Education announces a partnership with Spokes Education, a UK-based technology consulting company that provides education-based solutions for schools and organizations across the globe. This partnership allows Spokes Education to provide their clients with world-class Moodle and Totara…