Two Point Oh! E-learning Services was retained by Green Communities Canada to evaluate the existing Well Aware program content and tools, and transform it into an e-learning experience, designed to enable a well owner to gain an understanding of information, virtually, instead of through face to face visits by advisors.
Well Aware encourages Ontario’s residential well owners to protect their wells and our common groundwater supplies. When the program was first developed in 2001, home visits were conducted by trained Water Guides in order to help rural well owners identify priorities for action to protect their drinking water source. The Water Guides worked with well owners to complete an on-site self-assessment to to address potential risks to their well water.
In 2012, Green Communities Canada, initiated a pilot to determine the viabilty of moving to an e-learning model. The e-learning experience is designed to enable a well owner to gain a more in depth understanding of information normally presented through face to face visits by advisors. Further, by utilizing the risk assessment tool each wellowner would conduct their own assessment and work with a remote advisor to develop a well improvement plan.
During the pilot project, 10 participants were initially enrolled in the two week course and the Well Aware Program Manager was the facilitator of the course. Participants were encouraged to reflect upon their own experiences, reinforced with information from the Well Aware guidebook, before completing the self-assessment of their well and any recommended maintenance or upgrades.
Using the open architecture learning management system Moodle, various activities modules are used, including posting to discussion forums, watching videos, or completing collaborative assignments. Moodle was used also used to track and monitor the particpants’ progress through the course, as well as provide the learner assessment tools, such as quizzes.
The results of the Well Aware e-learning pilot have demonstrated how effective e-learning techniques can be used to build richly collaborative communities of learning, thereby providing a meaningful and informative experience for property owners about issues related to source water and groundwater protection.
The project has also been highlighted at the 2013 Ontario Water Works Association Conference. Click here for information.
For more information about the new Well Aware e-learning program, contact Two Point Oh! E-learning Services at firstname.lastname@example.org