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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… http://bb6.dundeecollege.ac.uk Welcome Announcements Partners Events Learning Resources Podcasts Discussion Boards Communication Virtual Chat room Web Links 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
"Cooperation in SME networks"