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Quality implementation and training essential to successful learning platform

When schools adopt a learning platform, no two situations are alike. Teachers and administrators have unique challenges, desires and goals. Some school districts might be looking for a way to implement blended learning while others need a simple system for organizing and distributing teaching materials.

Some administrators aim to increase the number of teachers using the learning platform while others have specific integration challenges.

Schools use different systems for student information, course, grade books, etc. The existing infrastructure needs to be integrated smoothly into the new learning platform for optimal data exchange. 

The itslearning implementation process is individually designed for school and district

Your Needs

Our implementation team will sit down with you to find out your educational needs, challenges and exactly what you want to achieve. Together, we establish goals and success criteria from the start.

The Plan

We work with you to create a fully personalized implementation plan. The plan covers all aspects of implementation, from integration to professional development to goals for user adoption. It includes key performance indicators for each stage, covering what needs to be done when and by whom.

The Integrations

We help you integrate itslearning into your existing systems. Our aim is for our platform to communicate seamlessly with your school’s IT infrastructure, allowing you to share and export data as needed. This ensures simple maintenance and optimum user experience.

We help you migrate your existing educational content and information into itslearning and assist you in exporting information out of itslearning, including:

    1. pre-populated courses with files, links, tests, surveys, calendar events, IMS content packages and more

    2. assessment and activity management to enable you to import and export information from grade books, planners, calendars and more
    3. learning objects repository imports so that you can link activities to learning objectives and curriculum information
    4. attendance, behavior and grades, exported as XML files using itslearning’s Export Toolkit

Training Your Staff

itslearning offers a tailored professional development program that is scalable and designed to meet your needs and processes and get you achieving your goals immediately.

Before arranging training, we sit down with you to establish exactly what you need to achieve. We cover all training aspects, from site customization training for your technical administrators to course development training for your teachers and curriculum team. We then work out the ideal training plan for your entire organization.

The training plan takes into account your different users’ needs and schedules, and specifies the targets and content of each training session. Our training approach is blended meaning it is a combination of hands on face-to-face training along with self-paced tutorials and concrete pedagogical examples found on our community of practice itslearning Circles.

Lisa Dubernard, Director of Education Strategy adds: “We feel it is good practice to model professional development using the same tools and strategies we expect the teachers to use in the classroom.”

Identifying early adopters

Trond Skeie, Managing Director of itslearning Norway, has worked with hundreds of schools and school districts to help ensure that they optimize their itslearning implementation. He believes in the power of early adopters.

“Every organization includes a few people who like to be ahead of the technological curve. These people are important to any implementation project. The key is to find these people and give them all the training and support they need. They will then happily pass this information on to others.”  -Trond Skeie, Managing Director

Using itslearning to manage the implementation project

One of the key features of itslearning platform is our Community tool. The itslearning implementation team, in collaboration with the school system project team, will create an Implementation Community on the organization’s itslearning site. We use this community to communicate about the status of the project using tools like notes, calendar, surveys, external documents and links as well as discussion boards.

“Using the organization’s own itslearning site and the Community tools does double duty. It is a great space to keep everyone informed while collaborating and making progress towards our joint goals. It also models how the platform can be used for more than just a place for students to access course-related materials!” -Kelli Pardo, itslearning Project Manager

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