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Just2easy and CDSM: A Perfect Partnership between Award-Winning Providers

Just2easy are an award-winning Educational Software Company with years of experience in creating stimulating learning tools for primary schools. These award-winning tools have been made available via Hwb for all schools in Wales.

J2E Tool Suite

The Just2easy Tool Suite contains a number of curriculum-focused tools that encourage pupils to explore their understanding of particular subject areas, and to present their work in collaborative, creative and imaginative ways.

J2E Tool Suite

The tools have recently been updated to include an e-portfolio that ties in with learning conversations and progression statements, making it perfect to monitor progression and to celebrate success.

As you would imagine, J2e’s tools have been designed by teachers with the classroom in mind. Teachers love the ease of use and intuitive nature of the whole Tool Suite, which gives pupils from the youngest age the opportunity to become fluent in digital literacy, creating a new generation of digital leaders.

The Tool Suite has had an amazing reception from the schools that are discovering it in Hwb:

The relationship between CDSM and Just2easy is beginning to produce opportunities that we had only dreamed of at the start of our collaboration. Hwb has already brought together the best of what is currently available to schools worldwide, and the introduction of the Playlist by CDSM has coincided with the update of j2launch by Just2easy – creating flexible routes to learning opportunities for schools, classes, groups, pupils and teachers.

Both companies’ modern approach to software development means that schools in Wales are using-cutting-edge technology and pedagogical thinking. Thanks to the partnership between Just2easy and CDSM, ‘any device, anytime, anywhere’ learning is a reality for every single pupil using Hwb.

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CDSM’s Response to the Challenges of School Improvement in Wales

What’s being done to improve performance in Welsh schools?

Wales is currently experiencing significant educational reform. At the heart of this reform is an unequivocal acceptance that the performance of schools has to improve. Welsh Government has provided dedicated funding to support school improvement activities, which are planned at school and regional level. This collaborative approach acknowledges the support that regional education consortia can offer schools, driving their performance in the right direction. There are four regional education consortia in Wales, each of which is responsible for agreeing and monitoring their client-schools’ use of funding, in order to ensure there is a positive impact on school performance and learner outcomes.

In partnership with CDSM, the Education Achievement Service (one of the four regional education consortia, based in South East Wales) identified the need for a web-based system that enabled School Leaders to plan and support all funding, monitoring and accountability activities linked to their school’s improvement plan. Together, we developed the My School Improvement Dashboard (MySID) to meet these requirements. MySID is based on Estyn and Welsh Government guidance.

School Improvement in Wales
MySID users are guided through an easy, cyclical planning and improvement process online. We wanted to help all involved achieve success, so we developed the following features:

  1. Self-Evaluation

A feature, designed around the Estyn Framework, which helps schools identify their strengths and weaknesses.

  1. Development Plan

This feature enables schools to identify and prioritise short and long-term goals.

  1. Budget Profiler

This outlines the grants available to schools, and enables them to add additional custom budgets to help them to make decisions on how to achieve their goals.

  1. Activity Plan

This feature enables School Leaders to find events or initiatives that will lead to school improvement.

  1. Financial Monitoring

This feature is designed to help schools create accessible, transparent records of expenditure against budgeted allocation for all school improvement activities.

  1. Quality and Impact Reporting

This provides School Leadership Teams and Challenge Advisers with an understanding of the value of their school improvement activities, offering a measure of the impact each activity has had.

  1. Review Impact and Priorities

Enables schools to evaluate how successful they’ve been in meeting the goals set out in their Development Plan.

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Find out more about My School Improvement Dashboard by downloading the CDSM Case Study: The School Improvement Conversation in Wales.

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So, what are your thoughts on MySID? Is it being used at your school? How is it affecting your school’s improvement? We’d love to hear from you! Get in touch via our contact page, or by using the hashtag #MySID on social media.

If you’re interested in hearing how we’re helping teachers directly in the classroom, check out CDSM’s work with Hwb.

 

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Learning Theory and Practice with Contemporary Web Technologies

In this blog post our CEO, Dan Sivak, explains the thinking behind CDSM’s combination of learning theory and practice with contemporary web technologies.

“Pigeonholing a person upon introduction is a strange and limiting behaviour that surely can’t serve us very well… but we all do it. This ‘snapshot’ way of making sense of the world must have its roots in the old adage: ‘we are what we do’. So when networking and meeting people I always try to remember that being a butcher, a baker or a candlestick-maker comes with baggage. People make judgements based on what you do and there is very little you can do about it. Working for an SME often means your company is relatively unknown. You have to regularly introduce yourself, your company and what it is that your company does. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve responded with, ‘CDSM is a learning technology company…’, only to be met with a puzzled smile and a shrug of the shoulders. Therefore, this blog post is an attempt to be clear about who we are and what we do.”

We asked our COO and our CTO to describe what they and their teams focus on at CDSM.

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Cathy Sivak, COO at CDSM Interactive Solutions

What do we do and how do we do it?

CDSM was founded by teachers with a passion for designing and delivering effective and engaging teaching and learning practice. As teachers in the classroom, we wanted to make a difference. There are not many professions that give you a better opportunity to make a real difference to people’s lives. Although at CDSM we don’t often teach face-to-face any more, we still believe that what we do is making a difference and having a profound effect on the future, whether this is for the people we are involved in teaching or training, or the companies we are facilitating learning for.

As a teacher ‘by trade’, my priority is to base our solutions on sound pedagogical principles. We understand and exploit learning and development theory, and we design, build and support web technologies to engage with and develop thousands of learners every day.

We work in the UK public education and commercial corporate sectors, but to a large extent, the sector doesn’t matter because the science and the practice of learning and development doesn’t discriminate against the GCSE student or the industry employee. What matters is that we aim to help each and every end-user succeed, and to do so we think long and hard about how best to help them achieve that success. That may involve delivering anytime-anywhere bite-sized learning episodes, a blend of online and face-to-face interactions, simulation or scenario-based activities, or something in-between. Alternatively, it may involve providing intuitive and user-friendly tools to facilitate teaching and learning. Our solutions are varied and depend on customer requirements and purpose, but they are always based on our experience of what makes learning work.

Darren Wallace, CTO at CDSM Interactive Solutions

How have web technologies impacted learning theory?

Let’s make no mistake: CDSM would be nothing without its innovative technologies. Our technologies enable teaching and learning, build and manage identities, and make simple the development of groups and communities.

There is no denying the impact web technologies have had on all of our lives over the last 15 years or so. The internet has given us all unprecedented access to information, from the trivial to the revolutionary, and we now access this information 24/7 via a bewildering array of devices. It’s hard to imagine a set of technologies with a greater potential to empower its users, and for me at least, it’s hard to imagine a more exciting or rewarding application for web technologies than enabling people to improve their lives through learning.

We’ve seen several false dawns in e-learning over the last 15 years: from bloated one-size-fits-all learning platforms, to marketing companies parading design-heavy presentation tools as learning content. But the web has matured and, at CDSM, we understand the importance of web standards and interoperability. We’ve backed the web as a standard and a platform for learning and development since the turn of the millennium. The joy of my job has been to steer the company through the stand-out innovations and disruptions that have affected so many of us over the last 15 years.

We know that the devices people use to access their online lives are changing the way we live and work together.  We’re undoubtedly excited by contemporary web technology, and the reach and opportunities it affords us. But we’re not interested in technology for technology’s sake. Everything we do is guided by a passion for learning and the belief that equal access to information plays a vital role in all our futures. We want to build the tools that empower our users. And we’ll never stop learning.

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E-Learning Will Improve Your Bottom Line

At CDSM, we’ve done a fair bit of investigation into the ROI of e-learning. In fact, it’s one of the first things potential customers ask us about: “Will e-learning improve our bottom line?”

In case you were wondering, the answer is “yes!”

In the automotive sector, improving the bottom line is crucial to a company’s success. We know this is the case, having seen the hugely positive results of our award-winning work with Honda Motors Europe. Thanks to this successful partnership with Honda, we were invited to tender with another automotive manufacturer: Mitsubishi.

Mitsubishi2Sales are rocketing at Mitsubishi, and the pressure is on at dealerships to get staff trained up to their high standards. After reviewing contemporary approaches to L&D challenges, Mitsubishi looked to e-learning and digital technologies to scale up operations.

That’s where CDSM came in.

Up until now, Mitsubishi had a limited experience of e-learning but, with our help, they now understand the benefits that e-learning and blended learning solutions can bring to their people and, crucially, their business.

They now know what studies have proved – that blended learning is the most effective learning method – and are looking forward to realising the full potential of their sales staff quicker than previously expected.

We’re currently working with Mitsubishi to replace a number of their classroom-based courses with bespoke e-learning and a blended solution. Using cutting-edge learning design and theory, we will deliver e-learning that Mitsubishi staff really want to do, and can also use to obtain real-life, measureable results.

Find out what we can do for your business today – contact us now for a free demoMits

 

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3 Ways the UK Automotive Sector Can Become More Competitive – Infographic

There are currently over 30 million vehicles on the road in the UK, but – even as the 7th biggest automotive provider in the world – the UK is still falling short. So how can the UK improve its performance and climb the rankings?

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At CDSM, we have a lot of experience in helping companies within the automotive sector, and consequently are now in a position to have expertise to share. Check out the new CDSM Infographic to find out more:

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A Useful Business Management Exercise?

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Is developing a clear definition of your organisation’s mission, vision and values a useful business management exercise?

Dan Sivak, CEO of CDSM Interactive Solutions Ltd, gives his thoughts…

At CDSM, we see ourselves as a tight-knit community. Moreover, this is an idea from which we take great pride. We like the fact that we offer friendship and support to one another, creating a productive and positive working environment. In fact, we extend this hand of friendship to our customers, building long-lasting relationships of a professional and personal nature. But what is it that creates this sense of community? Do we have a set of shared traits and values that connect us or does CDSM just work by chance?

Recently, we spent some time revisiting who we are, re-examining our vision, mission and value statements. During the process, we came to the conclusion that we do have a strong, healthy community, which shares a common agenda and works very well together. This is what we came up with:

Our Vision

  • Building a world where learning and development matters.

Our Mission

  • We never stop learning and neither should you.
  • Our mission is to harness contemporary technologies to create learning opportunities for people and their organisations. Learn to succeed!

Our Values

  • Curiosity – values critical thinking and drives discovery and innovation.
  • Integrity – defines a respect for those that you affect in providing a solution, product or service.
  • Reward – provides the necessary motivation and engagement to realise your objectives.
  • Collaboration – harnesses collective experience and intelligence to realise the best way.
  • Passion – gives you strength and enables application at those moments when you and your team need it most.
  • Inclusion – values diversity and difference, providing a richer ecology of perspectives, skills and opportunities to work and play with.

Our sense of community should not be ignored as a factor in our success at CDSM. Like many communities, at its heart there is a home, an office, a city, and even a region, South Wales. CDSM is rich in its ability to be both familiar and different, share aspirations, build better leaning technologies and strive to continually improve. Consequently, dealing with challenges such as disruptive and emergent technologies and changes in learning theory and practice is all part of the landscape of our shared experience.  In fact, we came to understand that we are a community of learners. What we recognise is that it’s our vision, mission and values that underpin and reinforce our community, our shared enthusiasm for work and for each other.

My advice to other leaders is when you decide to consider your vision, mission and values, do so in an open and honest way. Be prepared for and welcome feedback. You need to ask the fundamental questions, and invite responses from across the organisation. I’m not suggesting that the experience is akin to splitting the atom or breaking the four minute mile, but it is a mechanism to check, validate, decide and move on – and in business that is extremely valuable.

Our vision, mission and values ensure we do things well. This ensures we do things with integrity and honesty. This ensures we focus on both our customer and our end-users. This ensures we succeed!

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The DOs and DON’Ts of Customer Service

Profit in business comes from repeat customers; customers that boast about your product and service, and that bring friends with them. – W. Edwards Deming

We know Customer Service is paramount, but we all still hear horror stories about poor service – why? Here at CDSM, we believe that every instance of Customer Service should be:

  • Friendly
  • Knowledgeable
  • Responsive
  • Quick
  • …and Awesome!

To this effect, we’ve created a cool infographic on the DOs and DON’Ts of Customer Service. Check it out – and meet CDSM’s Customer Service and Support team while you’re at it!

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Stop, Collaborate, and E-Learn – Infographic

Don’t miss out, we’re all doing it!

To savour our precious time and money, collaborating with other L & D departments is becoming ever necessary. In fact, it’s becoming the norm in whichever industry you are in, and that’s because of the awesome benefits.

If you want to plug that dawning skills gap, widen your network, or just share your valuable experiences to make the market flourish further, clubbing together can make your projects even more exciting, and your customers even happier!

So, go on…share our infographic today and a beautiful partnership could develop tomorrow!

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