The METaL Project Goes Online
8 June 2020
The METaL Project started working on an online version of its popular ‘Corrosion and Coatings Technology’ course in 2019. The idea was to develop a fully online course with web-based assessments and tests to enable all participants to access the course no matter where they lived in Wales.
The project employed Dr Tom Lewis to convert the existing course to an online format, with the help and support of the project’s online learning team. Within just three months they had developed the course and tested it on a small group of Swansea University researchers and doctoral students.
But then COVID-19 outbreak began, and normal life was put on hold. The project began looking at ways to support industry through the pandemic, and decided to offer the online course for free to a limited number of people, in return for their feedback.
Our marketing team shared the offer on social media and the response was overwhelming, the project was inundated with enquires from people from all different sectors wishing to partake in the trial.
As the weeks have gone by more and more people have completed the course, and we have been given lots of feedback, the majority of which has been very positive, with participants saying:
“Just completed section 1 and it was a good recap. A nice introductory to someone who hasn't done any modules in corrosion.”
“Thanks for offering this course, which I found generally interesting.”
“Overall, the course was good and interesting. It filled some gaps in my knowledge on the subject and helped me understand some of the corrosion mechanism I encountered in my job.”
Our funders, the European Social Fund through Welsh Government, have now relaxed the rules around industrial contribution for courses, so our modules are now freely available to anyone.
We are working hard to move some of our other courses online, and hope to have more content available soon - so please visit our website regularly or sign up to our mailing list to be kept up to date.