This rethink involved creating an experience for students that was as good as – if not better than – what they would have found at a physical Digital Explorers event.
TCS’ experience in virtual education and its iON Digital Glass Room collaborative learning platform, which had been made freely available to schools during lockdowns, provided a solid base to work from. But many of the live events and activities still had to be rebuilt from scratch and it was unclear how the pressures and disruption of COVID-19 on work and family life would affect this.
It was all made possible by an agile approach and willing volunteers.
“We had around 100 TCS volunteers in the UK alone,” says Camilla Carlslund, Corporate Sustainability Manager at TCS, who has overseen the Virtual Digital Explorers events. “We made it easier for them at a busy time by enabling them to help a little bit whenever they could − not necessarily by taking a full day out of their calendars.”
Flexible and inspiring
This flexible approach was also built into the schedules of the students, who were encouraged to prepare tasks and content before the events, and able to catch up on modules at a convenient time afterwards.
“I had feedback from a number of families with only one laptop in the house,” Carlslund says. “They said the flexibility was so helpful because they could take it in turns to catch up on the programmes. One mother said she did the modules herself once her son had gone to bed. She said he had talked about the videos inspiring him.”