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Cooperation in SME networks

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									The Connect Project -
Cooperation in SME networks

Anne Wake and Jan Low
            The Connect Project

Key aims:

• To identify and provide sector relevant staff
 development and training

• To establish collaborative cluster networks

• To disseminate best practice between companies in
 the cluster

• To establish a company culture of lifelong learning
  Clusters engaging in the project


• Biotechnology cluster

• Digital media cluster
 Participation, communication and
      collaboration with SME
• Face to face meetings

• Team building outings

• Telephone

• Letters

• Email

• Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) – via Internet
                  Blackboard
           What is Blackboard?
• A Virtual Learning Environment

• Accessible from anywhere with an Internet
 connection

• Accessible 24 hours a day

• Facilitates student participation, support,
 communication and collaboration

• Can assess and monitor student progress
How did the Connect project
     use Blackboard?

         Instruction


       Communication


        Assessment
Let’s look at what we did…




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           Benefits of the model

• Cost effective

• High quality focused learning

• Supports cluster sustainability

• Economic growth
             What next?


• The model will be extended to other
 clusters or cross sector networks

								
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