We work closely with all stakeholders to identify
the capacity and potential of your learning community.
Next Learning uses a broad palette of digital tools hand picked to achieve specific goals. We consult across a range of sectors from K – Higher Ed, empowering leaders to conceive, plan, develop and implement digital learning approaches tailored to unique educational contexts and philosophies.
What is the purpose of an appraisal?
The goal is to identify areas of teaching and learning opportunity, business risk, productivity efficiencies, and potential cost savings. Education providers often require an independent, expert assessment of current-use technology, digital applications, and impacts on learning in relation to institutional aspirations. To conduct such appraisals we prioritise the thinking (strategy, leadership, vision), what teachers and learners are doing (pedagogy) and the tools they are using (infrastructure).
Who do we require access to?
Next Learning consultants use a combination of interviews, workshops, online surveys and technical assessments to conduct an appraisal. During the Next Appraisal process we require access to some members of your leadership team, ICT staff, teachers and students. We also require access to hardware, software and technical information about systems being used.
Why use Next Learning?
The use of technology in learning is moving very quickly and the decision-making associated with this challenges even the most astute education leaders. We handpick IT solutions architects and work with them in the education space to provide timely data and recommendations for future planning. Moreover, Next Learning is
consciously independent. We pride ourselves on being platform agnostic and without affiliation to vendors, resellers or IT service suppliers. Investing in an independent appraisal provides evidence of success and strategic thinking to the school community, and shows real commitment to the creation of the best possible learning environment.
How long does the appraisal process take?
This varies according to the size of the school and the scope of the works to be undertaken. As an indication, the appraisal of a college of 1000 students may take six to eight weeks, while the assessment of smaller primary schools may take only two to three weeks.
What will we receive at the end of the process?
Your school will receive a comprehensive report detailing findings in relation to strategy, leadership, vision, pedagogy and infrastructure. Next Learning will also make a presentation to leadership providing a detailed analysis of the status quo, priorities and recommendations.
What follows an appraisal?
Armed with a very clear understanding of strengths, weaknesses and future needs, that decision will be yours. Many schools require a Strategic ILT (Information & Learning Technology) Plan based on the appraisal. Next Learning can assist in decision-making and/or implementation aimed at delivering outcomes within institutional means.
How can we get started?
The best way to get underway is to contact us by phone or email so that we can meet to fully explain the appraisal process.