K2141575 Saud Al Fadhil
K2154157 Rajesh Rahul Patel Uppula
K2158273 Zeba Fatima
K2156500 Shiyas Varikkattu Muhammed
K2154177 Ajajbhai Ghanchi Vahora
K2157050 Komal Rana
K2169570 Ishaq Shareef Mohammed
Exploration of the use of Edtech for learning and teaching by UK universities
Client: Cogito Development Projects
Table of Contents
- Introduction. 3
- Client Objectives and Scope. 4
- Methodology. 6
- Timetable. 7
- Risk Management 8
- Staffing. 11
- Annexes. 13
- References. 23
Consultancy involves a research technique to review and analyse the risks, threats and opportunities faced by a client’s organisation on the basis of assessment of its internal and external environment (McMann and Hordes, 2000). The consultant is tasked with choosing an appropriate research methodology that can aid in data collection to better understand the determinants and factors which have resulted in existing issues and challenges experienced by the client, and what opportunities are available for the client to leverage and utilise (Accenture, 2022). The eventual aim of consulting activity is to prepare the client to deal with the challenges and risks faced, whilst positioning them to capitalise on the available opportunities (Poulfelt et al., 2017). The consultancy industry in the UK was worth £12.5 billion in 2021, spanning across management, strategic, technology, financial, risk and operational consulting (Management Consultancies Association, 2022).
As a team of consultants, we have evaluated a number of project options available to us to select from. Based on the research conducted on aim and objectives, organisational problems and challenges facing the client organisations, we consider Cogito Development Projects (CDP) as the most suitable client, given our professional expertise, skillset and interest. CDP is a multi-sector consultancy company with over 20 years of experience, specialising in Performance Evaluation, Workforce Development and Project Management (Cogito Development Projects, 2022).
The aim of Cogito Development Projects is to offer clients professional and cost effective support when it comes to management and innovation within existing or new projects. Given the significant variation in technical input, scale and complexity of various consultancy projects, CDP has engaged in product and process innovation to develop suitable assessment strategies which facilitate in training and teaching. CDP collaborates with the partners who share its ambition and aspirations, increasing the firm’s commitment to projects with a social emphasis, including promotion of opportunities within enterprise, employment and education sectors.
Improved Digital Education for All Learners (IDEAL) is an Erasmus+ funded project made possible through collaboration between European countries. It aims to gain a better understanding of the challenges faced when delivering effective learning online. The objective of IDEAL project is to offer higher education institutions strategic opportunities, so they can incorporate digital pedagogy in online learning, whilst offering practical guidance to the tutors (Cogito Development Projects, 2022). The ambitious nature of the project demands that educational institutions take a longer term strategic perspective, which includes accessible and inclusive digital practices whilst appreciating the requirement for a timely response to the need for blended learning in the post pandemic world.
In terms of rationale for the project, we understand based on the client brief that as a lead partner in Improved Digital Education for All Learners, CDP has already undertaken some research on increased trend towards digital and online methods as part of supporting work-based integrated and technical training/ learning programmes in the post-pandemic world. This is also witnessed through the growing prevalence of online learning and teaching, including an increased emphasis on pedagogically effective utilisation of technology (McKinsey and Company, 2022). CDP is of the view that although the learning and logistical benefits associated with online and digital learning means most of the changes associated with adoption of technology are expected to be permanently adopted in education industry, the progress nevertheless remains uneven. There is further need for improved practice, including the need to integrate theoretical and practical learning and development through the employment of EdTech which can address the issues associated with learner accessibility and difficulties experienced by learners.
The client wishes to explore the scope and use of EdTech in UK universities as a key issue, including assessment of whether there is potential to enhance the experience of students and educators further. CDP is also interested in exploring the examples of strategies, actions, things that work and do not presently work. It also includes investigation of the barriers to the use and implementation of Edtech, including assumptions about availability of technology, bandwidth, affordability, capacity, and willingness of learners to adopt. Another important area CDP as a client wishes to explore is the trends in EdTech spending across the UK universities, the extent of investment in software and technology and examples of how digital pedagogy is being employed for the purposes of higher education in the UK. CDP also wishes to review the impact of digital tools on teaching, learning and assessment to address whether there is an untapped market that could be better served in the future?
The project aims to conduct primary research with the relevant stakeholders such as higher education institutions, skills councils, EdTech institutions, business and industry as well as the secondary research to address the following objectives:
- To gain awareness of the wider industry picture of Edtech in Higher Education courses at UK universities. What technologies are being used, further trends, barriers to entry etc.
- What issues are faced by educators/learners by current use of Edtech in UK Universities?
- To identify market potential for technology solutions to improve practitioner/institutional delivery of online learning.
To fulfil the project aim and objectives expected by Cogito Development Projects, we propose using the combination of secondary and primary research. We will consider the following as part of our research strategy.
We will begin by reviewing the secondary data on use of EdTech in UK universities,assessing whether there is potential to enhance the experience of students and educators further, investigate the barriers to the use and implementation of Edtech, including assumptions about availability of technology, bandwidth, affordability, capacity, and willingness of learners to adopt. We will also analyse secondary data to assess the trends in EdTech spending across the UK universities, the extent of investment in software and technology and examples of how digital pedagogy is being employed for the purposes of higher education in the UK. The sources of secondary data will include official government statistics as published by Office for National Statistics (ONS) or other credible sources, the material and research published by leading consultancy firms such as McKinsey and Company.
Primary research will be undertakenwith the relevant stakeholders such as higher education institutions, skills councils, EdTech institutions, business and industry. The primary research strategies proposed to collect relevant data include the combination of survey questionnaires and interviews. The survey findings will be analysed using quantitative analysis techniques namely regression and Pearson correlation whereas interview findings will be analysed using grounded theory and thematic analysis (Braun and Clarke, 2014; Clarke et al., 2015).
The proposed timetable we will strive to follow to address the objectives of the consulting project are illustrated in the Gantt chart, shown in figure 1.
Figure 1: Gantt chart
As explained in the timeline, the emphasis of our team will be on meeting the objectives and delivering the project based on the scope agreed with CDP. Nevertheless, we are also mindful that there are a number of risk events which can cause delays and compromise our ability to fulfil the intended objectives in time. Being proactive and professional consultants, it is important that we recognise the risk factors and devise suitable risk mitigation to manage the risks faced across the project lifecycle.
We have identified a number of risks, which have their distinct impact on our ability to fulfil the project requirements. The risk factors, their impact and suitable risk mitigation strategies are detailed in table 1.
|Risk||Impact on the project if risk materialises||Strategy to manage and mitigate risk|
|If the group members are unable to complete the project requirements in time||Our progress as a group in fulfilling each project requirement agreed with the client is dependent on the timely completion of initial project activities. Poor time management or organisation skills from one team member could compromise the timely completion of each research objective.||We will stick to the timeline agreed on Gantt chart, so that each individual team member is clear on what is expected and by when. The team will meet twice a week to update on progress made and team leader will assess whether any changes or support to any team member is required. Google shared drive and calendar will be used to regularly update the progress on individual and collective tasks and progress measured against the Gantt chart.|
|If the group members cannot access the relevant information or research participants.||If the group members cannot access the relevant information or research participants, it limits our ability to successfully address the client project objectives.||In our first client meeting, we will aim to establish the client’s expectations from us and which external stakeholders (such as higher education institutions, skills councils, EdTech institutions, business and industry) they want us to prioritise when conducting primary research. We will start primary research relatively early, so we have enough time to complete the surveys and interviews.|
|If the group members cannot engage in successful and regular communication internally with rest of the team.||Our team will usually mostly engage online through employing the technology such as Microsoft Teams, E-Mail and WhatsApp. It creates the risk of miscommunication or the situation whereby the group members cannot engage in successful and regular communication internally with rest of the team. It can cause delays and negatively influence quality of our final deliverable.||We will agree to meet regularly, twice a week. The team will meet twice a week to update on progress made and team leader will assess whether any changes or support to any team member is required. Google shared drive and calendar will be used to regularly update the progress on individual and collective tasks and progress measured against the Gantt chart.
There will be added responsibility on team leader to assess the progress of each individual and offer support to colleagues where needed.
|Questions contained in primary research (interviews and surveys) are inappropriate.||There is a risk that primary research questions may be inappropriate, which can reduce the reliability and validity of the findings we obtain. This risk can materialise if the quality of secondary data analysis is poor because secondary data findings will influence the questions included in primary research.||Questions included in primary data (interviews and surveys) will be influenced by secondary data findings.
Secondary data findings will be sent for review by the project supervisor. We will use the findings to prepare interview and survey questions which will also be sent for review by the project supervisor.
|Changes in client’s circumstances and/ or a lack of response from the client.||If there is a change in client’s circumstances and/ or a lack of response from the client, it can compromise project quality because we would not have a clear direction on the focus of our project.||This risk is to be managed and addressed through maintaining a regular contact with the client.|
Table 1: Risk management
Our team comprises of experienced consultants with the collective expertise of team members across areas such as entrepreneurship, FinTech, education, financial services, technology, management and strategic consulting. All team members are also completing their Master’s degree and have an understanding of how large complex organisations function in the current uncertain and dynamic environment. The specific staffing skills we will offer to the client are as follows:
|Team Leader||Currently studying International Business Management at Kingston University London.
Completed work experience in consulting industry.
Possesses experience in technology and strategic consulting which will be relevant as it provides transferable skills in the context of client needs on this project.
|Team Support Staff 1||Currently studying International Business Management at Kingston University London.
Past work experience as an analyst in consumer goods company.
Possesses experience of working in Finance and Marketing divisions, which provides relevant skills to conduct financial and numerical analysis, in addition to communicating with the internal and external stakeholders.
|Team Support Staff 2||Currently studying International Business Management at Kingston University London.
Completed work experience in financial services industry.
Possesses experience in technology and financial services consulting which will be relevant as it provides transferable skills in the context of client needs on this project.
|Team Support Staff 3||Currently studying International Business Management at Kingston University London.
Completed work experience in telecommunications industry.
Possesses experience in technology and telecommunications which means the team member is ideally positioned to leverage this knowledge and apply in the context of EdTech. This knowledge will be influential in addressing the project objectives as agreed with Cogito Development Projects.
|Curriculum vitae ( CV )
|Saud Abdul-Aziz A Alfadhli .||Name|
|13 April 1984||Birth|
|Flat 178B chiltern court – baker street-london – NW1 5SG||Address|
|Mobile : +447825000005||Telephone|
|[email protected]||E – mail|
|Bachelor degree in Administration Major Accounting Science (2008) from the College of Sharia Law, Al-Imam Muhammad Ibn Saud University, Ahsaa, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.||Education|
|Diploma (Through Ministry of Foreign Affairs) in English language Abroad at EF International Centers, Santa Barbra from January 6, 2014 to November 14, 2014 California, USA.|
|Riyadh Bank (customer service)
Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Riyadh)
|18/07/2013||14/11/2011||· Working in Salary Administration|
|09/08/2019||22/07/2016||· Head of Administration and Finance Department (Baku)|
|Present||10/08/2019||· Deputy Head of Finance (London)|
U RAJESH RAHUL PATEL Phone:7893116167
E-mail: [email protected]
Seeking a productive position to utilize my skills and upgrade them through continuous learning in a challenging environment that helps me to contribute efficiently for the growth of the organization while being resourceful and innovative.
- Bachelor’s in Animation And VFX from DIGIQUEST ACADEMY from Hyderabad.
- Intermediate from BALALOK MATRIC HIGHER SECONDARY SCHOOL from Chennai
- S.C from VIVEKNANDA RESIDENTAL SCHOOL from Karimnager.
- Self-motivated, teamwork oriented and quick learner with good knowledge.
- Easily adaptable to any work environment.
- Hard work and dedicated by nature to achieve the objectives and goals.
- Flexible to take up any kind of responsibility.
- Strong interpersonal skills with proficiency in grasping new concepts quickly.
- Maintaining friendly atmosphere at allocations.
- Microsoft Office,
- Adobe After Effects .
- Adobe Premier Pro .
- Long Drives
- Listening to music.
Date of Birth : 04/10/1997
Gender : Male
Nationality : Indian
Language : English, Hindi & Telugu.
SHIYAS V M
Varikkattu (House), Thalakode P.O Cochin | +916282297780 [email protected]
“To be associated with a growth-oriented company where my managerial and leadership skills can help in the development of the company while concurrently helping me to further my professional interests in a stimulating environment.”
Sales Executive – Limra SOAP & DETERGENTS, Manikinar P.O, Paimattom – 2018-2020
Role in the team:-
- Coordinate daily customer service operations (e.g. sales processes, orders and payments).
- Meeting the sales targets of the organization.
- Meeting with clients virtually or during sales visits.
- Demonstrating and presenting products.
- Establishing new business.
- Maintaining accurate records.
- Reviewing sales performance.
- Excellent leadership abilities needed to manage an entire team
- Exceptional organizational skills needed to oversee large projects
- Excellent interpersonal skills, demonstrated in the ability to effectively serve customers and develop strong working relationship with staffs
- Dealing with stressful situation in a calm and professional manner
- Strongly motivated to achieve optimal results
- Effectively blend management skills with technical expertise
- Display absolute loyalty to superiors and to the organization
- Excels in analyzing and adjusting work procedures for maximum efficiency
- Bachelor of Business Administration with CGPA 7.3 from University of Mysore, Karnataka
- Diploma in Aviation, Hospitality and Travel Management from Wings Academy of Aviation and Management Studies, Kothamangalam, Kerala
- Higher secondary education from SBSE & BHSE CAMPUS CHENNAI, TAMIL NADU with an aggregate of 70%
- High School from GVHSS Neriamangalamwith an aggregate of 69%
- A Study on CUSTOMER SATISFACTION at FIFA Oil Mill Pareekkanni
- Male representative of BBA (2015-2018)
- Class coordinator of Batch E in Wings Academy of Aviation and Management Studies
|Date of Birth||:||22nd June 1996|
|Languages known||:||English, Hindi, Tamil and Malayalam|
Address: 22, Roseville Road, Hayes, London (UB34QX).
Phone number: +44(0)7448006749
E-mail: [email protected]
Provided administrative assistance in 2 companies.
- 06/2020-06/2021: Assistant Manager, Samriti Products Pvt. Ltd., Saha, Ambala, (India).
- Safe custody of all documents, manuals and equipment.
- Maintain confidential information like trade secrets, salary structures, intellectual property information, etc.
- 01/04/2021-30/12/2019: Administrator, R.B. Power company, Panchkula, (India).
- Developing marketing and sales strategies
- Implementing marketing and sales plans
- Maintaining customers relations with builders/ architects.
12/2017-12/2018: Diploma in computer application, scoring grade ‘B’ from HARTRON (a Haryana govt. approved institution).
2013-2016: Bachelor’s in commerce, scoring first division from OPJS University.
Microsoft office package: MS Excel, MS Word, MS PowerPoint.
D.O.B.: 02nd October 1996
MARITAL STATUS: Married
LANGUAGES KNOWN: English, Hindi, Punjabi.
MOHAMMED ISHAQ SHAREEF
181A Francis road Layton
London United Kingdom
Contact No. :+44 07776598556
Technical Skills: INTERNET CONCEPT, MICROSOFT WORD, C LANGUAGE
I have successfully completed my Graduation in Osmania University with 65.00% and my intermediate in VISIONARY JUNIOR COLLEGE at HYDERABAD with 75.00%, and also my primary education in ST.ANTHONY GRAMMER HIGH SCHOOL at HYDERABAD with 60.00%.
Experience: Works as School Maintenance for 4 Years
Strengths: disciplinary nature, completion of any task in a below given reasonable time, accuracy.
NAME: MOHAMMED ISHAQ SHAREEF
FATHER’S NAME: MOHAMMED YASEEN SHAREEF
MOTHER’S NAME: FARZANA BEGUM
Date of Birth: 13-01-1993
Hobbies: cooking, cricket, playing video games.
Languages Known: Arabic, Hindi, and English.
32 Montpellier gardens
Father’s Name: Ismail Khan
Date of Birth : 13-Apr-1994
Marital Status: Married
Languages : Eng, Hindi & Urdu
Cell. No : +447436984142
To obtain challenging and position in professional organization where I can contribute to the successful growth of the organization utilizing my skills and work hard to further improve my personal and professional skills.
Ø Working as Admin Executive (Operations) at Compass interiors Pvt Ltd, Located at Tolichowki, Hyderabad (20th Nov 2019 to 31stjuly 2020
Ø Pursuing MSC International Business Management from Kingston University, London
Ø Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce from Osmania University, Hyderabad.
Ø Ability to work as a team
Ø Good Communication & Interpersonal skills
Ø Flexible towards changing and challenging environment
Ø Good Analytical & Problem-Solving Skill
Ø Quick learner
My major roles involved in 1 year work experience:
- Responsible for Organizing, Planning, Directing and Controlling of the Front Office Reception.
- Ensuring operating equipments are always in working condition.
- Co-ordination with all the departments for meeting their adequate and timely requirement.
- Answering a high volume of calls with a rapid response rate according to agreed standards and maintaining call logs records properly.
- Dispatching and receiving couriers and updating courier tracker with maintaining records.
- Maintaining staff insurance and arranging timely renewals.
- Providing and issuing Staff Id Cards and Bio-metric ID in stipulated time.
- Timely arrangement of business cards for the respective staff.
- Preparation and issuance of offer letter, appointment letter and relieving letters to employees.
- Proper recording and maintaining joining reports of staff with necessary updates.
- Verification and submission of Courier, Water, Lunch, Flight (Domestic & International), Stationery & all other monthly bills.
- Opening staff Salary accounts, Deposits, withdrawals, preparing cheques, etc.
- Maintaining petty cash expenses along with record.
- Updating order status and assigning orders to designers, order tracking updates, etc.
- Updating Back end Reviews of products on websites of clients.
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