Consultancy Services

 Do you need support to challenge your thinking or to prompt reimagination of learning environments and learning experiences at your organisation?

Kathleen brings over 20 years of international experience and learning.

 Below is a sample of the services available from Leading Thinking International. For a full overview, or to discuss any of the areas below, please use our contact us form or email us at Kathleen@LeadingThinking.com.au

Thought Leadership

Kathleen is recognised as an authority in learning, trusted to pre-empt and inspire opportunities for learning. Her latest articles are available here.

Kathleen supports organisations through development of thought leadership to support ideation and communication stages of projects. Contact Kathleen to discuss how she can support your organisations and projects.

How can we help?

Learning Space Management and reporting

Kathleen brings her vast experience and passion to plan and manage learning space to ensure effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability through:

  • Planning for and managing learning space programs
  • Ensure seamless learning environments assembled from physical, virtual and social elements.
  • Development of analytical processes and tools to inform internal and external reporting, planning and decision making, aligning existing and alternative data sources
  • Establishing evaluation cycles

How can we help?

Learning Space Design, transition, operational readiness and post-occupancy evaluation

Kathleen brings her vast experience and passion to plan and manage learning space to ensure effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability through:

  • Planning for and managing learning space programs or one off projects
  • Educational modelling to inform design
  • Learning space design
  • Transition planning
  • Operational readiness
  • Post occupancy evaluation

How can we help?

Learning Space Standards – Development and Review

 Kathleen brings her vast experience and passion to plan and manage learning space to ensure effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability through:

  • Establishing standards and guidelines, costing methodologies and incentives to ensure equity, accessibility and sustainability
  • Planning for and undertaking stakeholder engagement and ongoing iteration cycles.Ensure seamless learning environments assembled from physical, virtual and social elements. 
  • Development of analytical processes and tools to inform internal and external reporting, planning and decision making, aligning existing and alternative data sources

How can we help?

Learning space assessment and auditing

Kathleen brings her vast experience and passion to plan and manage learning space to ensure effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability through:

  • Informing learning space programs
  • Undertaking space audits for condition and suitability, against established standards
  • Ensure , effective, efficient, seamless learning environments assembled from physical, virtual and social elements

How can we help?

Project Management

Kathleen has experience in establishing managing education projects and digital and infrastructure projects in educational environments. This has included projects >$10 million.

How can we help?

Research and Evaluation

Kathleen has experience in establishing evaluation frameworks and toolkits in K-12, tertiary and corporate environments. We can support you to develop and implement evaluation frameworks and tools using existing and personalised quantitative and qualitative methodologies.

I can undertake research to inform decision making and planning cycles for learning and development informing and informed by physical, virtual and social learning environments.

A selection of our research is available here.

How can we help?

Curriculum Transformation and Innovative Pedagogies for the 4th industrial revolution

Many organisations struggle with oversight and understanding of our complex world that is evolving exponentially and the opportunities that this brings to learning for students, staff and their community. An understanding of innovative and exemplar practice across education, industry and society is key to utilising the affordances to prepare learners for this future. Ideation is key to expanding our imaginations and to creative problem solving. Gaining an understanding of innovation inside and outside the education sector will provide attendees with a starting point for determining the relevant directions for consideration in their own context, short and long term.

Kathleen can support you to reimagining your current learning experiences, embracing pedagogy, innovation and exemplar practice from a range of industries, nationally and internationally. Ongoing support will establish a partnership with the learning and development teams to establish current challenges and opportunities and develop strategies to provide engaging, effective learning opportunities within your organisation.

How can we help?

Curriculum Design and Accreditation

Kathleen will bring her vast experience designing and accrediting learning experiences from full curriculum to planning for individual learning experiences. This design will ensure learning is the centre of all stages of design, implementation and evaluation, ensuring continual improvement. This can include programs for micro credentialing through to Masters programs.

How can we help?

Strategy Development and Implementation

Kathleen will partner with you transform your organisation and stakeholders through the identification of challenges and opportunities to build an effective, engaging learner experience through consultation, research, planning and implementation.

The design and execution will embrace the alignment of an understanding of existing organisation-wide and business unit strategies, goals and operations, with best practice and innovation in learning within and across sectors.

How can we help?

Workshops and Presentations

The Times They Are-a-Changing: Surviving emerging pedagogy, transformation, school builds or refurbishment

Audience:
This supports school leadership who are currently or in the future involved in school transformation projects refurbishments, decants or new builds.

Purpose:
Attendees will be given an oversight of the overall journey, as well as the stages throughout a project, including tips and tricks for each.

Overview:
This can consist of presentations and collaborative activities, ensuring participants leave with an understanding of the journey ahead and pro-active methodologies, tools and resources to put in place, preparing for each stage as defined below.

Informing design through learning: how to plan for and create an effective education model / rationale

Strategic planning requires information gathering, an exploration of alternatives, and an emphasis on the future implications of present decisions.

This will support the development of an education model, with a focus on:

  • What activities do we need the space to support (now? In the future?)
  • What is the relationship between those spaces? Utilising assemblage theory.
  • Who are the users? Ensuring relevance and effective stakeholder engagement
The Inevitability of Opportunities: Transitioning to Innovative Learning Environments

An often-forgotten element during the design and construction of innovative learning environments is the transition of people. Ownership of the education vision is key to the effective use of Innovative Learning Environments and is a necessary support for the social element of the learning environment. This transition planning will align to the educational vision for the school and will form an important element for operational readiness ahead of occupancy. This planning will utilise project management and change management methodologies, whilst allowing for alignment with overall project plans specific to their organisation. The elements will include pedagogical aspects as well as operational and logistical elements, considering learning space and workspace, embracing the physical, virtual and social elements.

“Success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is more important than the outcome” Arthur Ashe.

I will work with you to develop and report on the transition for a school from design stages through to occupancy.
This includes support for developing project plans for initiatives, reporting mechanism and templates for relevant governance, including Prototyping, professional learning, research / evaluation, documentation of opportunities, constraints and risks, operational elements to inform operational readiness, escalated support, commissioning, other support as required.

Operational Readiness in an educational context

Operational readiness is a necessary phase of any project to ensure the environment or organisation is prepared to effectively and efficiently support and take ownership of the new learning environment. Yet, this stage is often neglected or ineffectively undertaken due to budgetary considerations, lack of understanding of its importance, incorrect stakeholder identification or lack of knowledge of the process, roles and responsibilities. With all these issues addressed, operational readiness can align the vision and ongoing effective, efficient occupancy of the space(s).

Consultancy can continue throughout the project phases (depending on size) and can include:

  • Supporting you to identify and engage stakeholders,
  • Planning and reporting
  • Support through value engineering stages
  • Commissioning to ensure educational perspective, reflecting the defined outcomes and space intention

To ensure preparedness prior to, during and after occupancy.

Successful project management in an educational environment

Understanding the educational context is critical to the success of any project in an educational environment. Stakeholder collaboration between institutional leaders, project managers and other consultants are key to successful ongoing relationships and a valuable outcome. This 1-hour workshop will provide you with an appreciation of the role of these parties, their context and values, with tips and tricks to support this relationship and the success of the project.

Support will continue throughout the project and can include:

  • Establishing and managing governance structures
  • Project reporting
  • Communication and consultation with stakeholders
  • Planning and reporting
  • Support through value engineering stages
  • Templates for meetings, project briefs and project reporting
Love the One You’re With: Harnessing traditional classroom design into Innovative Learning Environments
A guide to learning space assessment

Traditionally, Building Condition Assessments or Facility Condition Assessments have been utilised as a qualitative approach to inspecting, reviewing and reporting on the structure and systems of a building. Spaces are inspected to assess structural components, systems and interior and exterior components, fixtures and fittings (including physical and digital).

To ensure sustainability and suitability, the role of standards and guidelines both for initial development and for ongoing review and improvement will be addressed, along with the value of quantitative approaches to determining suitability through evaluation and analytics. Opportunities for sourcing and analysing data will be presented to demonstrate the opportunities available for informing learning space provision, condition and suitability.

Assessing space: the good, the bad and the ugly

This will support School Leadership and stakeholders to recognise the power of space and embrace the influence that it has over school organizational structures and learning.

This assessment will provide an overview of a selection of spaces including their current affordances and constraints as well as current and future opportunities to inform repurposing, reimagining, refurbishment or replacement.

This assessment will utilise internationally recognised frameworks and can include a range of methodologies including Walkarounds, Online surveys (school leaders, teachers, students, others – users, support), An expert facilitated observational walkthrough (school design expert and teachers), Focus group (school leaders, teachers and Regional Managers), Interviews, Quantitative approaches: demand for space, heat sensors, people counters, logins, wifi data.

Guidelines, meet innovation

Physical, virtual and social learning environments to promote learning at the centre

The term ‘learning environment’ is regularly used to refer to the social, psychological or. conceptual environment rather than to the physical learning environment or space. (Cleveland 2009). The learning environment encompasses the physical and virtual elements of the learning space as well as the social elements and practice. These elements need to be considered by all stakeholders across all stages of learning space design, transition, occupancy and continual improvement, as well as continually by the learners and educators who will plan and undertake learning activities traversing and acknowledging spatial boundaries.

This will be contextually designed to:

  • Provide teams (of educators, infrastructure and technology SMEs) with the skills to determine categories of space and / or draft a guideline / standard for a category of learning space.
  • Provide ongoing support for the development of categories and guidelines to inform builds, ensure sustainability, whilst embracing innovation, inform financial considerations, establish evaluation cycles, determine refresh and replace cycles, inform reporting to internal and external bodies and align physical, virtual and social elements to ensure seamless learning experiences for learners and all stakeholders.
Recognising Digital Literacy

Digital Literacy is identified nationally and internationally as an essential skill:

“digital literacy is essential to ensure inclusion in the digital economy and society” (OECD, 2016)

This support will ensure development of a professional development plan to support enhanced digital literacy skills in your industry or organisation. Digital Literacy will be defined in your context through training needs analysis and alignment with your own industry as well as others. Learning and international certification plans in elements of digital literacy allowing for learning and assessment of these skills through personalised plans courses to ensure the necessary skills for team members now and for an everchanging world.

 

The elements available could include:

Base Intermediate Advanced
  • Computer Essentials
  • Online essentials
  • Word Processing
  • Spreadsheets
  • Presentation
  • Using Databases
  • IT Security
  • Online collaboration
  • Image editing
  • Web editing
  • Project Planning
  • 2D Computer Aided Design
  • ICT in Education
  • Computational Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Advanced Word Processing
  • Advanced Spreadsheets
  • Advanced Databases
  • Advanced Presentation
The role of education and educators in the workplace: Introducing the eSuite

An investigation into current job applications for learning and development specialists demonstrated the pre-dominance of HR and IT skills and capabilities. This neglects the pedagogical element of design and delivery across face to face, blended and online learning experiences.

Kathleen will support you to renew your focus on the learning experience across delivery, assessment and evaluation. Research reflecting the need for ongoing professional development for employees will be presented and implemented as well as a the ‘learning mode’ framework to assist professional learning specialists to design learning experiences recognising flexibility and engagement as key. The opportunity to improve learning experiences for employees through the utilisation of pedagogical expertise will be reimagined to ensure that the learning experience is at the centre of all learning activities.

The key takeaway will be the awareness of the benefits of incorporating pedagogical expertise and expertise in learning design to rethink the concept of professional learning.

Is Technology another gimmick in education? How do we evaluate digital integration and resources?

“Schools have yet to take advantage of the potential of technology in the classroom to tackle the digital divide and give every student the skills they need in today’s connected world, according to the first OECD PISA assessment of digital skills”.* (OECD, 2015)

Research tells us that technology has yet to prove its value in the educational context, but is this because we are expecting miraculous transformation or because we have been unsuccessful in decision making, implementation or because of our focus on the technology?  Kathleen will sup[port you to establish evaluation frameworks for your alignment between learning and digital to ensure best practice, whilst embracing existing and emerging technologies to build an effective, engaging learning ecosystem.

Establishing Partnerships

Kathleen Donohoe has a wide network of experienced, expert consultants and researchers that she will work with to pre-empt, identify and address your challenges and ensure an effective, efficient journey and outcome.

Utilising her valuable national and international networks, Kathleen will provide partner with you to:

  • assemble exemplar teams to support projects or initiatives
  • engage industry and all stages of education
  • support you in cross industry or sector initiatives
  • build valuable work integrated learning and learning integrated work
  • identify and understand partnership opportunities

helperstreet

You may also have seen my profile on the helperstreet website, or read some of our commentary lately ?

I met the helperstreet founders earlier this year, we clicked for a few reasons, and in addition to my business, I joined them as an expert.

Helperstreet is leading the way, and have built a world’s first, completely virtual, globally networked, on-demand ecosystem of advice, education and packaged solutions for businesses of all sizes.

So, as a business of any size, any budget, and at any location, myself and my expert peers have almost every facet of business covered, and if we don’t, I know the guys are recruiting fast to fill.

So just quickly, let me cover what we offer…

Expert ONE, gives businesses remote virtual access, to book one-on one, or one-on-many time with myself and any of our experts, from anywhere in the world, all of whom are international business leaders, with over 20-years of experience in their field of specialty.

Expert PAK, is totally unique, and provides packaged solutions to businesses that can be delivered quickly and cost effectively. All solutions are designed against a fixed scope and fixed price and delivered in full within a fixed time-frame, all pre-agreed at the time of booking.

Expert LAB, is our subscription service giving businesses access to all or any of our pool of experts for one cost effective monthly fee. There are 4 levels of subscription based on individual business needs and budget requirements.

The ACADEMY, provides on-demand access to business education seminars and downloadable content and offers bespoke interactive online training and consultation for organisations, in response to their individual needs.

The TOOLKIT Library is purposefully curated, to ensure businesses have access to a range of practical tools, written by our experts, that can be instantly downloaded, and implemented into the workplace.

The products are first class, but it’s the attitude of the helperstreet company that I really gravitated towards; to provide world class advice, that is accessible from anywhere, with no egos and a money back guarantee if not satisfied. That’s a first.

To see what it’s all about, visit https://www.helperstreet.com/

Are looking to improve engagement and re-imagine learning, or design and utilise physical and virtual learning environments effectively and efficiently?

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