Yesterday, I had my last local management committee meetings (LMC for short), whats one of them? Well for the non KTP crowd, its pretty much a progress report on how the all the elements of the project is doing. What project?.. well…. I have a cool job, I get to come up with new and exciting ways for everyone to learn about Geevor using electronic resources, and the main part of my job is to create a new elearning resource for Geevor, something I have had no experience in before, so I was really thrown into the deep end! Along the way I’ve been a researcher, mining historian, public archaeologist, facilitator, designer, photographer, project manager, trainer, mineral collector, archivist, developer, floor cleaner, communicator, web geek, ideas stealer, marketer, presenter, tea maker, cake baker and general nerdosaurus.
I knew my elearning project at Geevor was coming to end, but it didn’t really hit until yesterday that I’m going to be leaving, and the likely hood is that I wont see people who worked on the project with me again. Sad times. Despite my rants and raves about the project to many an individual, and every possible thing that could of gone wrong, going wrong, I have loved every single minute of the project, and wouldn’t change any of it. I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge.
Working with the team at the University of Exeter and with Geevor has been a very rewarding experience and I have learnt a lot. I must thank everyone for working through a difficult project and surpassing the original outcomes , how well that has been achieved is yet to be established, only the users will be able to tell….. By the by…. The final elearning website goes live AUGUST 17th!
I must point out the efforts of the ELearning and Communications team up at Exeter, their work has been outstanding with the resources and time available. Their support, advice and putting up with my constant ‘can we do this?’ and ‘what about this?’ and ‘Ive been thinking about doing this awesome thing….can we do that?’ has been exceptional, and without this the project could not have been completed to such a high standard. Its amazing what you can achieve with blood, sweat, tears and copious amounts of tea and cake.
As it was the last meeting we were looking at the objectives and whether these had been achieved in the timescales. To be honest its been two very short years! Its flown by, and theres so much I would still like to do (mostly involving changing completely how I went about doing some elements of the elearning –hindsight is a blessing and a curse!) there as so many things I would like to improve and develop and really the launch is just the beginning, it’s the base line for Geevor to do some wonderful work and really get out there to as many people as possible!
So, its got me thinking about sustainability and sustainable development. What happens when the funding stops? When the project ends? When the support dissipates? When the project advocate leaves? How to you ensure that the website (or whatever it may be) becomes a core part of the organisation’s operations? How do you embed something which is such a drastic change to the way things have been done before or ‘done in the past’. In essence how do you change the culture and make it stick? Can you take things to infinity and beyond when you leave a project?