NetRegs is a partnership between the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA). It has been set up to give guidance to Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) on their environmental responsibilities with the aim of helping businesses to reduce their environmental impact.
Environmental Guidance using Accessible eLearning
In 2012 eCom worked with NetRegs on a suite of five eLearning courses to educate businesses on reducing their environmental impact and complying with environmental regulations.
eCom’s instructional designers worked with the NetRegs subject matter experts to structure the content and ensure the messages would be delivered effectively in an online learning environment. The eLearning was developed using eNetAuthor™, eCom’s eLearning authoring tool. Interactivities such as simulation and quizzes are used to engage the learners with the content. eCom’s cloud-based learning management system, eNetEngage™ delivers the learning via the Netregs website.
The eLearning programme has helped NetRegs to reach out to more businesses across Scotland and Northern Ireland and in the first year of launch visits to the NetRegs website increased by approximately 25%.
Diagnostic Tool using Online Assessment
In 2014 eCom was commissioned by NetRegs to develop a self-assessment tool for small and medium sized enterprises to check their compliance with environmental legislation.
The requirement was for a conditional branching assessment which would route responders on different paths based on their answers. The assessment was built using eCom’s eNetAssess™ tool. A considerable data input and testing effort was required to ensure the adaptive questioning presented the right information.
On completion of each section participants receive a report highlighting areas that need improvement, with a link to the relevant NetRegs guidance.
The online assessment has expanded the resources available on the NetRegs website, positively impacting visitor numbers. Developing the tool using adaptive assessment enables businesses to pinpoint the areas where they need to do more and allows NetRegs to provide the most relevant guidance.