Prejudice against those experiencing mental health problems is rife. In one study, 58 per cent of people felt unfairly treated by mental health staff. Yet one in four people will experience significant mental distress at some point in their lives. Now Saffron Interactive is helping Amnesty International Ireland produce a remarkable e-learning course to change [...]
Sunday, April 7th, 2013
Last night’s Learning Awards saw Saffron Interactive win the coveted award for the second time in four years – the only e-learning provider ever to do so. Beating stiff competition from Mind Click, Dell and Unicorn Training, Saffron’s Moira Nicolson took the prize for an extraordinary e-learning course on mental resilience created for Transport for [...]
Friday, February 8th, 2013
This week Saffron Interactive explains the methodology behind a forty minute e-learning course on mental resilience which delivered a £7.8 million return on investment for Transport for London. In two seminars, Toby Harris will introduce the concept of ‘me-Learning’ and what it means for long term behavioural change. “This remarkable course was shortlisted for an [...]
Monday, January 28th, 2013
At next week’s Learning Technologies Exhibition Saffron Interactive (Stand 33) will be demonstrating Saffron Share, a corporate social network, personal portfolio and community knowledge base for collaboration and ‘just-in-time’ learning. The product is based on the open source Elgg social networking engine. ‘There are two key advantages to basing this new product on open source [...]
Thursday, January 24th, 2013
Who, what, where?
Saffron is a London based online and mobile learning provider, working with clients around the world. We develop bespoke e-learning, learning and training solutions on a variety of subjects. We don’t produce classroom training and we don’t produce off the shelf courses – everything we deliver is bespoke, built in partnership with our clients to deliver business results and improved performance.
At Saffron we like to do things a little differently
The people at Saffron are passionate about learning. You’re looking for improvements in performance and changes in behaviour. We’ll help you achieve those business benefits by focusing on the choices your people make every day. With Saffron’s bespoke e-learning, they’ll be making the right choices every time.
We’re not just another e-learning company interested in adding to the mountain of dull ‘e-telling’ that often masquerades as e-learning. We want your people to be inspired, to be energised, to make the right choices and to take action. This is why we’re in business.
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Our business is based on our belief that learning is natural, that a love of learning is normal, that real learning is passionate learning and the learning should – and can – be fun. We value questions above answers, creativity above fact regurgitation, individuality above uniformity and excellence above standardised performance.
However we evolve, you can rest assured that all our bespoke e-learning solutions embody these principles.
Take one market leading company specialising in blended learning solutions. Mix it with the expertise of an industry guru. The result? The Blended Learning Cookbook.
A couple of years ago Saffron collaborated with Clive Shepherd to produce a book of blended learning ‘recipes’. It was so well received that we’ve just produced an updated second edition – email us to order your copy now.
The Cookbook is full of great ideas, using practical examples and real life case studies to show how organisations can use a variety of training solutions deliver real results.
Contact us to find out more about Saffron’s approach to blended learning, or get in touch to tell us what your training need is and we’ll advise you on the most cost effective blend of online, instructor led and other training resources.
We believe that there is a sure fire formula for ensuring that your e-learning is relevant and engaging:
- Focus on the choices your people make every day
- Test behaviour, not factual knowledge
- Use questions to drive the flow of content
- Hold a conversation with the learner
This formula delivers business results and improved performance as well as user satisfaction – so it’ll keep you and your learners happy!
Saffron’s one day instructional design for e-learning workshop shows you how to put our formula into practice in your own e-learning. Our classroom training is as interactive as our online training, so at every stage you’ll learn by doing, and we’ll tailor the content to suit your organisation and your business needs.
Even the most successful and interactive e-learning courses can be let down by badly thought out questions. All too often knowledge checks and assessments are, at best, unimaginative and, at worst, irrelevant and ineffective.
So how can you avoid this? The two main areas for improvement are content and style.
- Questions are far more worthwhile if they test behavioural choice rather than factual recall
- The best questions actually make the learner think, with plausible wrong answers
- Multiple choice questions involve an element of luck and aren’t always the best approach (for instance, there are better ways to test the learner’s ability to follow a process or spot problems and act accordingly)
Writing engaging, effective assessments doesn’t have to be difficult. Saffron’s Workbench is a great solution, allowing you to quickly create a variety of interactive tests including multiple choice questions and matching pairs or myth and reality activities.
What’s more, the Workbench can be customised to suit your organisation and is SCORM compliant, so it can link to your LMS for tracking and reporting purposes.
If you want to add some zest to your assessments please contact us to find out more. If you’ve already downloaded it and want to let us know what worked and what would make it even better, we’d love to hear from you – email us your feedback.