Sherpas for your Knowledge
There's an amazing charity called The Mango Tree and recently they decided that helping a group of teenagers to the top of Tanzania's iconic mountain would be a fun, rewarding and suitably challenging way to raise funds to support their aim of providing effective and sustainable programmes in African communities that improve the well-being of orphans and vulnerable children.
It wasn't easy. Not everyone in the group made it to the top, but most did. And all involved enjoyed the experience. You can read their report here:
To many people, climbing mountains is a curious thing to do. When George Mallory was asked in the 1920's, "Why to you want to climb Everest", he famously replied "because it's there". As with every expedition of this nature, he understood that a good deal of preparation and courage would be required and that the path up would likely be littered with unexpected obstacles and that time needs to be taken to acclimatise if the project isn't to end in disaster.
Getting to the top of a mountain may be a terrific personal achievement, but as The Mango Tree party discovered, it is also a prodigious team effort.
When it comes to breathing new digital life into learning materials, we can think of the journey as analogous to climbing a mountain. Firstly, why do you want to? What's wrong with the printed materials as they are? In many cases the answer is that there's nothing wrong the materials as they are, but, because the internet is there, why wouldn't you want to expand the reach and get the greatest reward possible out of the hard work that collated those initial thoughts? Simply recognising that "because the internet is there" plainly isn't enough for a programme to be successful. You need to have a plan and to factor in some flexibility to get around the unexpected obstacles.
There are a great many companies out there offering eLearning software, and most of them are great, really great. But just as there are many maps out there you wouldn't necessarily want to start climbing a mountain with only the map as your support.
The staff at Coracle are dedicated professionals to helping you summit that mountain. We are, if you like, willing sherpas for your knowledge. We have come across many of the challenges in digitising and energising educational materials and that experience will be like the welcome bite of Kendal Mint Cake on the mountain path: a shot of sugar when you're starting to flag.
We can't wait to start planning your ascent with you.