Futura Group, a Newcastle-based edtech company, recently launched eCoach BETA, a cloud-based platform providing high school teachers with simple tools to build and design their own engaging online courses.
The eCoach allows teachers to quickly transform their own materials into online courses for students.
eCoach Product Manager, Jude Novak, said that courses made with the eCoach can be used to promote discovery, problem solving, and decision making in a fun and engaging way.
“The builder includes over 20 easy to use drag-and-drop eLearning templates to ensure that students have a great educational experience online,” Jude said.
“With escalating professional demands such as reporting, compliance and benchmarking, teachers are increasingly time-poor; to stay ahead of the technology curve and deliver tech-savvy students with interactive course content would normally mean developing design skills or learning complex authoring software.”
“Some teachers simply don’t have the time or design knowledge to create high-quality eLearning. The eCoach gives them everything they need to build interactive resources, without the headache of learning how to use complicated software”.
The eCoach is a cloud-based solution and courses are smartphone compatible and BYOD ready, meaning that students will be able to access courses at home, ‘on the go’, or in the classroom. This ‘build once and use anywhere’ approach means that the eCoach can be easily paired with popular tools like Google Classroom to transform teaching and learning in high schools.
Google’s Education tools are used by teachers to foster collaboration and creativity.
“Using the eCoach in tandem with such tools will help students have fun while they discover information and interact with new ideas,” Jude continued.
This product launch is significant to the local area because it was developed at Futura’s Broadmeadow offices and is being marketed to the world.
According to Phil Cox, Education and Training Industry Consultant and former Institute Director/CEO of Hunter TAFE, using the eCoach will contribute to better work placements and happier students.
“With technology-based blended learning, there is an opportunity to achieve significantly lower delivery costs for both RTOs and employers, greater productivity for trainers and educators, increased flexibility for employers and students and greater access to information when it is needed,” Phil said.
“Plus the eCoach makes learning more engaging and relevant to technology-literate students; it’s a lot more fun to use.”
There are currently approximately 250 teachers registered for eCoach BETA.
Image | The Futura team