According to UNESCO (June 2021), over one year into the pandemic, more than 150 million learners have been affected globally by school closures due to COVID-19.
Recognised as a leader in the design and delivery of capacity-building experiences for young people, High Resolves faced the challenge of pivoting their award-winning, face-to-face, immersive learning education delivery to a completely digital and remote collaborative experience.
High Resolves provide learning experiences that have a deep transformational effect drawing upon proven design principles from a wide set of disciplines, including learning science, behavioural economics, social psychology, and neuroscience.
The challenges in achieving that are tougher than for most online courses because a key part of High Resolves’ work involves getting students together in group activities where their thinking is challenged and they need to make moral choices.
Ever since 2010, when High Resolves began delivering programs at scale, Mr Baghai said he and his team had been thinking about how their programs could be delivered online. The onset of coronavirus made it an imperative.
Whilst searching for an online learning provider, High Resolves found that many of the existing learning platforms solely focused on content delivery. As High Resolves’ pride themselves in their distinctive advantage through the design and delivery of high-impact immersive learning experiences, these existing learning platforms were not able to deliver the impact they were after.
High Resolves chose to join forces with OpenLearning as the platform and channel to build and deliver exceptional learning experiences to students.
High Resolves co-founder and CEO Mehrdad Baghai says, “We looked for a digital platform for 10 years, and I have to say it was an exercise of frustration, we didn’t think that there would be a platform that would allow us to do the sorts of things we do. When we came across OpenLearning it was the first time we had seen a platform to allow us to do the work in a way that would have impact.”
High Resolves’ as an education provider is deeply rooted in the science of learning to capitalise on insights into human learning in order to improve student outcomes. These applications can be categorized into three broad overlapping areas or types: content, curriculum design, and delivery.
In partnering with the OpenLearning platform, High Resolves was able to successfully deliver its quality content and well-structured curriculum whilst requiring its facilitators to be equipped with strategies rooted in the science of learning.
Facilitation is not just the ability to design and deliver learning experiences, but also the creation of warm and welcoming environments that account for students’ social and emotional needs in ways that optimise learning which was made possible online via the OpenLearning platform.
In response to this partnership, results have been undeniable on the effectiveness of the programs via the OpenLearning system. Hannah Morris, Director of Customer Success, ANZ says, “The OpenLearning platform was critical in enabling us to retain the integrity of our face-to-face workshops and the immersive peer to peer interactions that schools know us for.”
With a combination of synchronous and asynchronous learning methods, schools were able to take advantage of this experience and have responded positively:
With these results, it is a real testament of OpenLearning’s powerful solution, resonating with young global learners across the world.
High Resolves designs and delivers award-winning citizenship and leadership learning experiences for young people. High Resolves is dedicated to the activation of human responsibility worldwide, to help address humanity’s intractable challenges, and have partnered with OpenLearning to develop a suite of online programs focussing on social inclusion, identity and social justice to students across Australia, the US, Canada, Mexico and Brazil.
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