“To maximise the educational potential of space in typical schools, the burdens on school teachers must be minimised. Our prime aim, therefore, is to provide a comprehensive range of space-related learning resources and support service on-line which, when used by school teachers, will significantly enhance their teaching STEM subjects – science, technology, engineering and mathematics – by motivating students to study them..”
The Spacelink Learning Service is the brand name chosen for the array of learning materials and support services that will be made available to schools. Based on considerable educational and technical research, undertaken by itself and partners since the mid-1990s, the Foundation is very confident that its one-stop, on-line service will be cost effective, affordable by most schools, and easy to use by both teachers and students alike.
The materials, available on line, will be ready for teachers to use in the classroom and will not require teachers to spend precious time on preparing and researching materials, thus helping them to be more effective in the teaching situation.
A key requirement allowed for in the design of the Service is that, as teachers gain experience of the Service, their needs will probably change and most likely become more demanding. Hence the Service is modular in configuration to provide the flexibility for new needs to be readily accommodated, either in existing modules or by launching new modules. The outputs from the various modules will be delivered as a seamless service on the internet.
This is a key facility within the Spacelink Learning Service. It will provide or procure a range of services to enable teachers and members of the public to make effective use of the various parts of the Spacelink Service:-
TS1 – Registration of Customers (including payment of fees)
TS2 – Customer Help Service to assist members of the public and registered customers who seek advice, information and other support from the Foundation
TS3 – Teachers’ Exchange covering case studies of use of space-related teaching and learning materials in schools submitted by teachers
TS4 – Teachers’ Chat Room to enable teachers to feedback to Spacelink their comments on the Services and to submit suggestions and proposals for new resources
TS5 – The provision of easily-navigable links through to other websites seen to have value in supporting Spacelink-based learning
TS6 – The “How Do I Get?” Programme to meet the needs of teachers for an easy-to-use source of where they can find, and then get, the education space and satellite information that they need most often.
TS7 – Spacelink Mail Order Shop which will stock or procure, take orders for and mail items out to customers
TS8 – All essential systems needed to support the Spacelink website and its related services, e.g. user registration, user helplines and mail order shop for teachers, to be accessed via the website.
It also has a key co-ordinating role which includes providing the general-purpose software needed for customers’ PCs and any other ancillary work and equipment which may be needed to bring Spacelink learning resources into full operational service.