It’s a teacher (faculty) training and development app. Essentially our customers use it for instructional coaching and other professional learning activities to improve learning through better teaching. Our customers use the HOW2 web app to train new and reinvigorate experienced, full time, adjunct and sessional educators in the craft of teaching online, in the lab, workshop, and in the classroom.
The app contains >150 visual explanations of evidence-informed teaching techniques. The combination of still visuals and words makes it quick and easy for educators to learn new methods. The content is regularly updated. For example, in response to C19, we added a new collection of techniques to support our customers with their online teaching.
A suite of social learning tools makes it a cinch for educators to ask for or offer support to colleagues or for quality managers and coaches to push support to the teachers they are supporting. A purpose-built Skills Exchange makes sharing and evidencing best practice across your entire organisation, very, very easy, encouraging collaboration and allowing, for example, a minimal number of coaches to quickly personalise the CPD for a very large number of users.
The HOW2 web app offers a radical new approach to professional learning in general and Instructional Coaching in particular. By using step-by-step graphics to show teachers precisely what an instructional coach, literally has in mind. So, whether faculty are straight from industry or university with no teaching qualifications, newly qualified, or an experienced teacher, there are a plethora of techniques for any subject and any level. They can access the expertise of an instructional coach instantly and share their learning with each other across their professional learning community.
With HOW2s at the centre, instructional coaching, along with every other professional learning activity starts with the 150 blueprints of quality teaching. And establish a shared understanding of the mechanics of excellence from the very start.