Despite concerns that online events and delivery would present numerous challenges, be less vibrant and less dynamic to an in-person approach, we have recognised and harnessed the huge potential to interact and engage with young people through technology and online learning like never before.
In responding to COVID-19, we have worked closely with our clients and creative teams to uncover the most exciting and effective ways to lead meaningful, impactful engagements online.
Problem solving and adapting to changing circumstances
Our team of experts have found new and innovative ways of meeting the needs of students, teachers and organisations in an ever changing world. Being adaptable and able to problem solve are key.
IGD’s Feeding Britain’s Future is a nationwide education programme that informs and inspires young people about the world of work and helps develop their employability skills. As we were unable to visit schools, we transformed the original workshop sessions into 30 minute webinars, supplemented with IGD’s online resources that provide students with the opportunity to develop their own skills.
The webinars bring students, who are on the cusp of making important decisions around their education and future career paths, together with industry professionals who offer inspiration and practical advice. The webinar is hosted by an expert facilitator who guides students through discussions and activities on the theme of ‘linking the curriculum to careers’. We have received outstanding feedback from teachers, for instance:
“What another successful webinar that was. The host was excellent in directing questions to the presenters from the students. The presenters were excellent at communicating their ideas and getting suggestions across. I have already had emails from students to say how well presented and great content the half an hour was and how much they feel they have learnt. Many thanks for all your help, this has been a fantastic opportunity for our students”
Feeding Britain’s Future will reach over 5,000 students by the end of 2020
Through problem solving and exploring innovative solutions, we are able to support our client in working towards achieving their aim, as well as support young people during a crucial decision-making period within their life.
Accessing networks online like never before
We know the importance of meeting new people and sharing experiences. J.P. Morgan’s ‘Schools Challenge’ competition asks students to create an innovative new product to make their city a better place to live. Traditionally, the winning teams from Frankfurt, Milan, and Paris join the winning UK team in London for a final celebration event. However, this year, we had to find a virtual way that kept the fun and interactivity of an in-person event and which was accessible to all, bringing together students speaking four different languages.
We selected a free-to-use platform, available from a browser on any device, which offers a range of functions essential for the event. We also developed a multi-lingual presentation and set up audio interpretation channels in French, German and Italian. To create a sense of occasion, we produced multimedia content to stream during the event, including background music, a pre-event countdown screen, and a film using student-generated photos and memories. Showcasing the success and possibility of delivering more real-life experiences through virtual platforms to people’s homes.
Ready to develop your experiential offer online? Contact us to speak to one of our experts.