EdTech 101: Why I chose Pathways Awarua over Pathwright and Udemy


Ok… so I changed my mind. I’ve been on a fairly steep learning curve when it comes to courseware and authoring tools for creating online learning and teaching content.

A while ago I said that I was going to use Pathwright instead of Udemy to have a go a developing a FastTrack version of my course.

Well… some things changed. Including my mind. As well as what I wanted to do online. At the moment, I’ve shelved my idea on creating an online FastTrack version of my course – the National Certificate in Adult Literacy & Numeracy Education (Vocational/Workplace) also known as the NCALNE (Voc).

Instead, I’m working with the great team at Pathways Awarua to create a lite version of our existing course. You can read about it here.

This is working out great for a number of reasons:

  1. I don’t need to create any new material. Rather, I’m just repurposing the existing material into the online and interactive format.
  2. The tech team is in the same time zone (e.g. NZ-based), I know them, and I can easily ring them to talk about what we’re doing.
  3. The platform is already established in our educational niche in New Zealand.
  4. A good number of our NZ educators are already registered in the site and are now instantly able to access the training.
  5. The professional development modules that we’re creating help to bridge a gap between what the learners are doing and what the tutors need to know. And there is relevant government compliance sitting in the background that makes this really relevant and important for training organisations.
  6. It’s made this introduction to the world of embedded literacy and numeracy available at zero cost to the educators.
  7. It’s a easy and low pressure way of getting tutors and trainers interested in the entry-level qualification that we offer through ALEC.
  8. Because of the proliferation of smartphones and apps, people instinctively understand the business model at work here. If they like the free lite version of the course (most of the information and none of the assessment tasks) they can sign up with us for the paid full version and gain the qualification.

I’m still keen to do more online with my full course, but at present what I think I need to do is repackage everything on a totally different platform… one that leverages video technology in particular.



Author: Graeme Smith

Education, technology, design. Also making cool stuff...

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