Earlier this month, working with Alan Stephens of Countryside Training we ran a pilot course delivering the new ROLO Health, Safety and Environmental Awareness course for managers in the land-based sector. We had originally designed the course to be delivered as a blend of e-learning and face-to-face training, but in response to COVID had to modify it so that it could be delivered via e-learning and Zoom.
Six people undertook the three-day Zoom course having first completing the online course. All the participants made valuable contributions and helped to create a positive learning environment. The feedback received was very positive and overall we were impressed at how well everyone adapted and worked with the technology to form a really positive group of learners. We used activities based on breakout groups, online polls and individual work tasks to deliver the required outcomes of the course.
Zoom worked well as a facilitation tool, helping to ensure that everyone was able to share and contribute to the experience. Everyone passed the Moodle-based on-line test at the end of the third day, which was another positive outcome.
Delivery of the ROLO Health, Safety and Environmental Awareness course is only part of a contract we were awarded by The British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI) to create is a set of blended training and assessment resources that will support the delivery of two new BALI training courses. One to support the development of site supervisors and the other to support the development of site managers.