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User Guide to using SESBA Platform

 

The eLearning Platform

The eLearning Platform is built using an open source Learning Management System named Course Press, which is an extensive and widely use framework of the Content Management System, WordPress.
The platform is accessible from courses.sesbaproject.eu and can be accessed from any computer or mobile device. The template chosen is a modern and with a clean approach to ensure that the focus is on the course content whilst making sure the user gets the best learning experience.

Figure 1: SESBA eLearning Platform

As featured in Figure 1, the homepage compromises of a short introduction, the course list and 2 buttons, one linking to the Sign up page and the other linking to the full course details.

At the top menu of the website, one can find the following links:

  • Home: Takes the user to the home page.
  • Project Website: Links the user to the main website of the project www.sesbaproject.eu.
  • Course List: Lists the 12 modules that users can undertake.
  • Language: Allows the learner to change the platform language. Languages: English, Greek, Bulgarian, Italian and Estonian.
  • Login: Link to the login page to give access to the user on the platform.
  • Dashboard: This dropdown menu is visible only after the user is logged in to the eLearning Portal. This menu contains «My Courses» page and «My Profile» page. These pages display the courses the learner have taken and the user profile, allowing the learner to change any personal information such as name, surname, email or password.

Signing up for an Account

The sign up process is rather an easy one, where the user needs to proceed and give the below information. The sign up is done from this page: courses.sesbaproject.eu/courses-signup and can be access by the learner from the home page «FREE SIGN UP!». Figure 2 illustrates the sign up page.

Figure 2: SESBA Sign Up Page

In the sign up page, users are required to insert the below details:

  • First Name
  • Last Name
  • Username
  • Email
  • Password
  • Password Confirmation

Once the form available is filled and submitted by the user, the user can start proceeding to enrol in different units available as part of the SESBA Curriculum.

Forgetting your Password

Shall in the event that a user forgets his/her password to the portal, they can easily retrieve it by pressing on the «Forget Password» link. This will send the user an email with a link to set up a new password. This page is accessible from here: courses.sesbaproject.eu/reset-password/. Figure 3 below illustrates this function.

Figure 3: Reset Password Functionality

 

Security and Privacy Policy

The SESBA project partners believe that security and privacy is very important for our users. Therefore it is of utmost importance to ensure that learners who will be undertaken any of our units, feel that their data and information is stored in a safe place and that a privacy policy is in place.

  • The SESBA project made on both the website and eLearning platform a privacy policy which is:
  • concise, transparent, intelligible and easily accessible;
  • written in clear and plain language;

In Annex A, a copy of the privacy policy is made available. The very same privacy policy can be found online:

Course List

Figure 4: SESBA Course List

 In the course list the learner can see the full list of the 12 modules being available for the learner. This list can be accessed from here: courses.sesbaproject.eu/course-list/ and is also illustrated in figure 4. 

The below is a list of modules available. 

  1.    Module 1: Understanding Social Entrepreneurship
  2.    Module 2: Role of Business Advisors
  3.    Module 3: Structures for the Development of Social Enterprises
  4.    Module 4: Operational Requirements for A Social Enterprise
  5.    Module 5: Social Enterprise Sustainability
  6.    Module 6: Managing and Governing Social Enterprises
  7.    Module 7: Financing and Accounting Social Enterprises
  8.    Module 8: Business Advisor Professional and Personal Development
  9.    Module 9: Business Advocacy and Counseling Social Enterprises
  10.    Module 10: Communication with Social Entrepreneurs
  11.    Module 11: Business Advising Tools, Equipment and Material
  12.    Module 12: Consulting Toolkit

 This list allows the learner to also quickly see the learning outcomes for each of the modules, before undertaking that particular unit.

 

Accessing the Modules

To Enroll in a module (start a course), the user need to follow the below steps:

  • Register an account on courses.sesbaproject.eu
  • Select the language you want to view your modules in
  • Click on Course List
  • Click on the Title of the Module or click on the button «START MODULE»
  • When going on the module first page as illustrated in Figure 5, the learner has the ability to see the following details
    • Sharing functionality of the course to social media
    • «Enroll Now!» Button: This should be pressed by the learner to start the module.
    • About the course
    • Course Structure

 

Figure 5: Module View

Shall the user presses on «Enroll Now!» and he/she is not logged in to the eLearning platform, the user will be instructed to log in using the previously created account.

Once logged in, the course structure will be active and the learner can start pressing on the Units to undertake as featured in figure 6.

Figure 6: Course Structure after Login

 

Modules Outlook Features

On each module page, the learner sees information related to the 6 sections as shown in figure 7. Each section is described in detail hereunder.

Figure 7: SESBA Module
  • Units
  • Notifications
  • Discussions
  • Workbook
  • Grades
  • Course Details

 Units

In the tab «Units» the learner can see:

  • The instructor
  • The introduction and motivation for each unit
  • The progress for each unit

Notifications

In the notification area, the user will see any notification which is left by the instructor/tutor.

Discussion

As one can see in Figure 8, in the discussion, the learner can see and start any discussion within that particular module.

 Workbook

In the workbook section as illustrated in figure 9, the learner will have the ability to view the grade received from any activity undertaken

 

Figure 8: Discussions

 

Figure 9: Workbook

Grades

In the grade section, the learner can visually see the progress per unit and the percentage progress of that particular module. A screenshot of the grades section can be seen in figure 10.

Figure 10: Grades and Progress

Certificates

Once a user has successfully finished the module, they can view and download a PDF certificate of completion. A screenshot of a sample certificate can be seen in figure 11.

Figure 11: Downloading the certificate

Graphical Elements within Courses

A number of graphical elements were introduced and used throughout the whole modules. These include icons for links, reading more materials, activities. Such icons help the learner knows what to expect when they see them.

This icon shows information about the unit/module.

This icon is available next to external links

Learn More: This icon shows that there are external resources to be read to learn more about the topic.

Assessment Activity: This icon shows that there is an assessment activity to be completed by the learner.

Under each page, the user can save the progress and exit. This will make it easier for the student to start back again where they have left.

Allows student to go back to a previous page.

Allows students to go back to the next page in the unit.

Features of the eLearning Platform

CoursePress makes eLearning easy for WordPress. Learners will feel that they are navigating a normal website and not a traditional eLearning platform. Given the nature of the projects’ stakeholder the focus was more on the content and material being given. The platform features the following features:

  • Easy Navigation between pages
  • Comments 
  • File Upload and Download
  • Automated and manual assessment and reporting features – including automatic grading
  • Certification of Completation

Language Accessibility

The eLearning platform and all the content have been made available in English, Bulgarian, Estonian, Greek and Italian. Further to this, all the modules have also been localised to ensure that the learners are not only reading in their native language, but also in relation to social enterprises in their country.

 

Annex A: Privacy Policy

General

We would like to thank you for visiting this site. We are committed to protecting our visitors’ privacy and we will not collect any personal information about you as a visitor unless you provide it voluntarily. 

If you read or download information from our site, we automatically collect and store the following non-personal information: 

  • The requested web page or download;
  • Whether the request was successful or not;
  • The date and time when you accessed the site;
  • The Internet address of the web site or the domain name of the computer from which you accessed the site;
  • The operating system of the machine running your web browser and the type and version of your web browser.

Personal Information

The SESBA Project and the partners of this project respects your privacy and undertakes that your personal information will be processed for the purpose for which it was collected, for other directly related purposes supporting the efficient planning and provision of services, or for any other purpose as required by the law. The partners will take reasonable steps to ensure that personal information is kept accurate, up to date, and relevant to the purposes for which it is to be used. The partners may use this information to contact you in the future to tell you about project we believe will be of interest to you. If we do so, each communication we send you will contain instructions permitting you to “opt out” of receiving future communications. Similarly we may provide “subscription” e-mail services, which enable you to receive current news about the partners.

Your privacy rights

As an individual you may exercise your right to access the data held about you by SESBA Project. Although all reasonable efforts will be made to keep your information updated, you are kindly requested to inform us of any change referring to the personal data held by SESBA Project. In any case, if you consider that certain information about you is inaccurate, you may request rectification of such data. You also have the right to request the blocking or erasure of data which has been processed unlawfully.

All requests should be addressed to [email protected]

Links

Our site has a number of links to other local and international organisations and agencies. In some cases, we link to private organisations with their permission. It is important for you to note that upon linking to another site, you are no longer on our site and you become subject to the privacy policy of the new site.