Another technical question...

Written by Hilary Cooke on 16 February 2017

...and another technical question. 

What do you all use with most success to communicate to discrete groups of your learners?

The need I have is to be able to use a single platform for different groups, possibly for interactive communication but also to put up interesting articles, pre-reading for modules etc. 

I want to be able to run as a series of closed groups throughout the year - so for example I could have a number of facebook groups, or Linked In groups (which I have done) but I think the technology has moved on and there might be a better way.

Also, is anyone using Pathbrite for learning sharing?

I am full of questions today!

Thank you in advance



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Submitted on 6 March, 2017 - 12:19

Oh no, there haven't been any responses here yet.

I'm sure there will be some bright spark who can help soon!

Resli Costabell

Submitted on 7 March, 2017 - 10:16

Have you checked out Practify?

Hilary Cooke

Submitted on 8 March, 2017 - 09:07

Hi Resli,

You are a genius as well as a legend! (and a bright spark - thank you Jo)

No - I had never heard of it and as a result of your post, just started raiding the internet - and YESSS! exactly the sort of thing I was hoping might exist out there somewhere.

Do you use it yourself?

Does anyone else on the forum - please?

Also does anyone else supply tablets (the IT kind not the legal-high or psychotropic kind) to your participants on programmes? I am thinking of doing it for a particular programme, but want to check the ROI and usability before I invest that much cash to boost the learning. (and maybe drugging them all would be cheaper after all!)

I am starting from the beginning - so any ideas or sharing will be gratefully received.

Thank you



Resli Costabell

Submitted on 8 March, 2017 - 11:58

Alas, I have never used Practify. Nor have I ever supplied IT tablets to participants.

I'm sure you're on top of the main issues around lending/giving people tablets. Here's one that may not have cropped up: when they need IT support, they'll come to you.


Submitted on 11 March, 2017 - 17:31

Most people have tablets or laptops although you might be working with a disadvantaged group and then I guess that might not be the case.  I love tech but for me tech has to be needed for and integral to the learning for it to be truly necessary.  I sometimes think providers go for an app or the tech as it's the modern thing, for me it still has to serve a purpose otherwise it's just nice stuff.  I don't mean that to sound critical of innovation.  I wonder if your existing website could provide the tech you need with password protected areas to share pre-reading or programme material for your learners.  If you do go down the route of purchasing then I'd be really interested to know what the evaluation and perceived ROI would be from your programme participants.  As usual Hilary, I'm impressed by your pushing the boundaries of learning.  Inspiring and got me thinking for sure.



Submitted on 2 April, 2017 - 19:20

Hi Hilary, have you looked at Noddlepod? I've recenlty started working with them and it's brilliant for managing learners and encouraging them to communicate, engage and interact - with you and with each other. It feels much more intuitive, flexible and collaborative than things like Moodle which I've used in the past. I'm just about to start using it with a group of delegates on a leadership programme.

I can send you some information if that would be helpful? Also, here's the website

Best wishes, Kirsten 




Hilary Cooke

Submitted on 5 April, 2017 - 10:51

Hi Kirsten

Thank you so much for this - I have just had a quick look at Noddlepod and it looks like the sort of thing I am after, so any information that you can share I will be really pleased and grateful to accept. Thank you.

My context is that I have a group of 18 middle managers as learners that come together for a set programme that has 8 x 2-day workshop blocks in different business topics over the course of a year. The participants are all from different employers but in the same industry and they are spread around the country.

My interest really is to help them to learn more cohesively as a group and to share their learning with each other once they return to work and begin to apply some of the principles from the course. Also for me to be able to check in with them and put some more content in as relevant.

The course is an ILM qualification, so they all have access to the Learning Zone and we keep in touch through email and social media platforms like Linked In, Twitter and WhatsApp. If I am honest, I'd also like to be able to offer something a bit different that has an element of cool about it.

I'll look at it in more detail and thank you very much for the suggestion. 

Best wishes



Submitted on 10 April, 2017 - 09:13

Hi Hilary, that sounds perfect for it and exactly where I think I'll use it most - I run a leadership development programme which includes delegates from Europe and is ran over 4 months, so I've been looking at a product that would help me to encourage conversations outside of the days when we meet, share pre/post work, post articles, create a forum where the group can ask questions and learn from each other too. I got involved with Noddlepod because it looked like it offered all of those things, so I'm currently working with them to trial the product with my delegates. Shall I put you in touch with Ollie Gardener who created Noddlepod?  She's brilliant and will be able to answer all your questions and give you lots of info. With best wishes, Kirsten 



Hilary Cooke

Submitted on 10 April, 2017 - 17:20

Hi Kirsten

Thank you very much indeed. I set myself up with a trial and that has prompted Ollie to contact me - but I will be sure to let her know that you were the initiator.

I think I will give it a go - costs allowing - and it certainly does look like just the ticket for me and my lovely lot of learners.

Thank you so much for the recommendation - I really appreciate it.

TJ rocks again!