Meet Penny Stewart. She is the Content Development Lead, overseeing the development of new online course content for the SI Network.
Penny is working alongside Kath Smith (Clinical Subject Lead for the project) and an editorial team who are responsible for writing the content for the SI online course.
Penny previously worked at London South Bank University for 12 years, where she developed an interest in supporting e-learning and putting content of courses online. During this time she gained experience in reviewing taught content of courses and considering how this can be transformed to support students learning online.
She has developed expertise in working with virtual learning environments such as Moodle and Blackboard as well as using software to create online course presentations. Talking about the Learning Management System (LMS) and software the SI Network is using for this project, Penny says:
"Learning Cart will be an effective platform where people will be able to select courses relevant to them. In addition Articulate Storyline provides us the opportunity to deliver an interactive and intuitive course facilitating an engaging learning experience for our students".
She says students will not find a bullet-point laden presentation - the learning will include audio-visual content with engaging animations and images. The software can be used on a range of different devices, ensuring the course is flexible and portable enough to be used anywhere there is internet access.
Penny says the team creating the SI Network online content represent a diverse range of professional groups and clinical experience:
“We are drawing on the experience of our members and lecturers to create a unique course, with content that is relevant to therapists working in a range of settings. Students will be able to navigate through the course and select content that is relevant to their area of professional practice”
Penny says the SI Network's online course will be perfect for those who want to be in control of their own learning and study at a pace that suits them.