The new and enhanced Improved Fundamentals was launched in July 2018, running one mini-course every three months on average. Each mini-course lasts for a week and the Accessibility team are on-hand to facilitate the learning and answer any questions in the social space that students might have.
Students can complete the mini-course at any point up until the next one starts. In between mini-courses, they are required to go away and complete a work-based project.
One of Stream LXP’s initiatives that students have been engaging with is the experience Points [XPs], which you gain by completing the in-course activities and attracting ‘likes’ to your social contributions.
The XPs, coupled with ‘badges’, provide a fun and competitive element to the course; giving the students extra incentive to get involved. The course is also CPD accredited, with students able to claim CPD points after they have successfully completed each mini-course.
So far, they have seen nearly 2,000 students enrol onto the programme from all over the world. The community aspects of the course have really appealed to these students (the team has seen over 5,300 comments in the social spaces) and they’re finding value in the ability to engage directly with the course facilitators.
Outside of the platform, students are encouraged to be active on Twitter, which provides them with the chance to share their thoughts on topics perhaps not directly related to the course or to connect with one another in a less formal way.
Their Twitter account, @QIFundamentals, now has more than 1,500 followers and #QIHikers hashtag is generating some lively and informative discussions.