Originally founded as an educational charity, Eton continues to focus on outward-facing work through the Eton Connect programme, which coordinates over 1,000 cross-sector partnerships to provide extraordinary learning opportunities for young people through research, digital resources, summer schools and more.
James Stanforth, Director of Digital Education, explains how EtonX’s Altius platform will help the College fulfill key parts of its outreach programme.
A key part of our outward-facing work is the sharing of digital resources with other schools.
The goal of Eton Virtual was to provide somewhere where Eton and our partner organisations could come together to collaborate and share high-quality learning resources.
It was really important that the platform could be used by a community of teachers and students over a wide network of schools, and that it could deliver engaging online learning experiences.
One of the main challenges we faced was that existing internal platforms such as Office 365 and Microsoft Teams, didn’t lend themselves to allowing access to external pupils and teachers.
We also knew we needed flexible course authoring tools with a wide array of learning types to help us deliver top-quality learning resources, which didn’t exist in any of the systems we were already using.