Top 10 Epigeum course features: #10 - dedicated team
2nd July 2014
One of the most common pieces of feedback we receive at Epigeum is praise about the enthusiasm, dedication and professionalism of our team. The hard work and talent of our team is reflected in the high-quality courses we produce. We’re really pleased that our collective passion shines through and it’s great to be part of a close-knit organization that cares so much about what we do.
You’ll be relieved to hear we manage to find some time in amongst all the new product launches and program development to let off some steam with a social or two at the office.
We are united by our passion for education, technology and innovative thinking and always love to hear from you with any comments, suggestions and feedback.
Top 10 Epigeum course features: #9 - Unique pedagogy
25th June 2014
Epigeum’s programs are unique in online learning because they are born-digital: we don’t adapt text-based materials. They are built around a proven pedagogically-sound structure to form rich, coherent learning experiences, not just resources to be dipped into and zoned out of. Interactivity is used to aid learning and provides a complementary mode of delivering content and promoting reflection and review.
Often it can be the simplest methods that best convey a message, as you can see from the diagram below. Here users can click on each image to find out more about methods of curating online learning content, complete with relatable examples.
Top 10 Epigeum course features: #8 - We relate to our users
19th June 2014
Although our programs are written for an academic context and audience we use engaging and inclusive course features to relate to our end users. Epigeum uses some form of scenario-based learning in every program because of its interactivity and overall appeal - they look good, are modern, easy to use and are an innovative way for participants to relate themselves to case studies without just being presented with flat text.
A fantastic example of scenario learning tools in our courses is the comic strips used in our recently released Professional Skills for Research Leaders program. We recognized that some of the best comic books explore the various outcomes of certain decisions.
The original concept actually came from our chairman David Lefevre, who used the comic books as a learning tool in his ICT senior manager's workshops at Imperial College. Our development team worked exceptionally hard to research and design the most effective and engaging comic strips
The use of these comic strips enables a user to relate and interact with the content by presenting realistic challenges which many users have most likely faced in their careers. The user is able to click through the comic screens enabling them to follow the scenario from start to finish. Take a look at the example below!
Top 10 Epigeum course features: #7 - user-focused content
12th June 2014
When we develop our courses we continually bear in mind what matters most to the user. As the majority of our courses are aimed at postgraduates and early-stage career academics, this is predominately their research.
Our popular UK program Research Skills is a particularly strong example of the importance of personalisation throughout our materials.
The image below shows a still from the course ‘Managing your research project’ which encourages the user to assess the responsibilities and impact of embarking on a research project. In fact, much like a research project itself, it’s the series of small activities and steps that add up to the huge success of our programs.
Top 10 Epigeum course features: #6- real life examples
29th May 2014
At Epigeum we understand that our course material doesn’t exist in isolation and we work hard to find relevant real word examples which enables participants to relate more closely to the theory.
One way we have introduced these examples is through the medium of ‘audio conversations’ which are used frequently in our recently published program Teaching Online. We've sprinkled these throughout the courses to provide expert insights into the future of higher education and how online learning disrupts or complements traditional teaching.
An example of one such audio case study comes from Simon Pyke, Associate Dean in the Faculty of Sciences at the University of Adelaide, who discusses the introduction of iPads into his department and the difference it has made to student learning, engagement and inclusivity. Just one of many examples of how we reinforce theory by relating it to practical scenarios.