I'm looking for the best online platform to deliver educational content. It should incorporate content delivery, goal setting and tracking, collaboration tools, and community engagement. Cost is not an issue.
I work for a company that provides professional development education. Formerly done largely with workshops, seminars, etc, we have been moving towards delivering more and more content online, and promoting the community engagement.
As this has evolved over the last three or four years, it has been a rather ad-hoc development resulting in a messy mix of many different products - Kajabi for content delivery, Ning for community, and currently the accountability is simply a planning spreadsheet emailed from student to mentor. Wed like to consolidate our entire operation into a single hub, if possible, and we want to avoid bespoke code development as much as we can.
- video (we use Wistia), text, various file downloads. Preferably this would allow "staged release" of content over the duration of a course (a capability of Kajabi).
Goal setting and tracking
- Our students track their progress over 90 day blocks. At the beginning of the 90 days, they commit to a major project, then set milestones and sub-tasks that will contribute to achieving that major goal by the end of the 90 days. This is a key component, and needs to be configurable (IE, the student logs in and sees that Major Project A requires Spreadsheet X, Timeline Y, and Task List Z to be completed in order to proceed).
- Each student is assigned a mentor who closely monitors their progress, and has access to all of their goal tracking data. The faculty members also need access to the data of the cohort. We want all of this to be displayed in a dashboard-style interface (ie, progress meters to show how far along the student has progressed in the project).
- Every 90 days, the entire faculty meets in person for a seminar/workshop, where a really good community atmosphere is generated. We want to carry that atmosphere into the online platform as much as possible. IE, people congratulating each other for reaching key milestones, etc. This currently happens on Ning, but is not driven by any automated system (IE, it's driven entirely by people publicly posting the successes - usually the mentor celebrating their student).
I was advised to look into Bloomfire, and subsequently found this page
which demonstrates that there are a lot
of potential packages available. If anyone can help me narrow down the options, I'd really appreciate it. Cost is, for the most part, not an issue.