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Time2Grow – Time2Intern

Recently we decided to take an intern on through the University of Northampton Time2Grow programme. As well as providing a wide range of opportunities for recent graduates, it’s a great scheme for small companies like us as the cost of the intern is subsidised by 60%! We were lucky enough to find Emmanuel who has…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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.…

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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),…

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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…

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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…

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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;…

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