e-learning and ILT
Dave Foord has managed, and been involved in many e-learning and ILT projects over the years, and specialises in designing and influencing systems to make them more pedagogical orientated, rather than being technically driven. This can save institutions thousands of pounds, as well as numerous hours of time.
Another of Dave's strengths is his ability to develop and work towards holistic, long term strategies. Many institutions struggle with ILT and e-learning because their strategies do not connect with each other, or under resourced. Dave can help institutions to design or modify strategies into documents that can actually work.
A major current influence within Further Education in England is the FELTAG recommendations - which includes a recommendation for all FE funded courses to have at least 10% of delivery online. Dave has practical hands-on experience of setting up large scale online provision within an FE organisation (graded outstanding by Ofsted). Dave has worked with many providers in recent years, providing strategic advice and guidance to senior decisions maker in this very important area of work.
Initial Project Consultation
Many educational projects either fail, or become very expensive due to oversights during the early phases of a project. Dave Foord has lead on, and implemented many ILT and e-learning projects over the years, some more successfully than others. Dave specialises in helping people to identify exactly what they want to achieve, why they want to achieve it, and then the best way to go about it. A single days consultancy early on in a project, can save institutions thousands of pounds, considerable time and frustration.
Educational institutions love strategies - the more the better, and for many having a strategy in place, is all that is needed to achieve an objective. ILT and e-learning strategies are often ineffective as many are written from a technical perspective not a pedagogic one, some are pledges without actions, and some are written without consideration of the resource implications. Dave Foord has been involved in the creation and amendments of various strategies, and specialises in bringing the various relevant strategies together and coming up with a final product that may actually work.
Disability and accessibility
Dave has always been a keen advocate on accessibility issues, and has a pro-active positive attitude towards this area of work. Many people offering consultancy in this area will focus on the legal issues, whereas Dave will take this one step further and provide solutions and suggestions that can be practically applied.