In response to rapidly changing teaching, learning and assessment needs during the COVID-19 pandemic, membership organisations, awarding bodies, educational publishers, etc. are working to design, develop and deliver services for members self-studying for qualifications at home.

As a result, organisations can promote an enhanced professional development offer, to boost their membership benefits, revenues and value-for-money, in a way that works for all members and the organisation.

The trend to develop new and innovative teaching, learning and support programmes is unlikely to slow down following the COVID-19 pandemic. There will be ‘no back to normal’ so adaptation and innovation are more important than ever.

The Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) – the world’s largest organisation dedicated to the procurement and supply profession, with a membership of over 70,000 in over 150 countries – has developed an innovative ‘blended learning’ approach; combining the benefits of physical ‘print’ with digital (online) to support for their updated Level 2 – 6 Diplomas.

Over the course of two-years, CIPS produced a suite of 46 study guides and 154 eLearning modules; completely revamped their existing study guide design, modernising the layout and dedicating a chapter to each learning outcome from the new syllabus. CIPS introduced a range of new features such as remember prompts, recaps, checks, tests and exercises, and case studies, to provide the best possible support for learners self-studying for their qualifications.

The eLearning modules complement the study guides; with a fresh, easy to digest format that allows students to study little and often whilst on the go. CIPS has also developed tutor resource materials to complement the study guides and extend the ‘blend’ for tutors as well. These included detailed tutor notes and PowerPoint slides for whole-class teaching, containing key learning points and additional exercises.

The outcome has been an increase in the use and sales of CIPS’ own-branded materials which has contributed to increased participation for their qualifications.

In such exceptional circumstances, there is a huge opportunity to adapt to the new ways of learning with world-class educational content that reflects and embraces the changing learning habits that people now have. By using physical ‘print’ and digital formats in harmony (and in a different way), significant learning benefits – leading to better outcomes and performance of individuals and teams – can be gained.

Haremi helps membership organisations and awarding bodies to create educational content for a wide range of learning solutions – either digital, print or a blend of both. We are the largest educational content provider in the UK, and our background is in educational publishing, working with corporate educational publishers and awarding bodies.

Paul Farnworth
Paul FarnworthCEO, Haremi Ltd