Upskilling Phi Delta Theta’s online learning team
Phi Delta Theta is an international fraternity with 185 active chapters across the US and Canada and a focus on nurturing the leadership potential of its new members.
Digital learning was identified as an exciting and effective approach to delivering consistent development opportunities to every chapter, but the internal team needed help getting started.
How could they create compelling digital content, with limited budget, at scale?
The Phi Delta Theta Education team worked with Emerald Works Learning Designer Ross Garner to develop their internal capability.
This relationship started in 2017 with the production of a ‘Bystander Intervention’ module, developed by Emerald Works and focused on giving young men the courage to step in when they see something wrong.
In 2018, Ross continued to provide support through the identification of learning needs and performance outcomes, as well as managing the technical and multimedia side of production, but left content writing to the Phi Delt Education team.
Throughout 2019, the Education team took responsibility for learning design, adopting Emerald Works’ techniques and approach to developing effective content.
The outcome framework process Ross and his team provided has been a gamechanger for Phi Delta Theta. We consistently use this framework structure to develop new, engaging e-learning modules. As a result, we are much more efficient and productive with almost 30 new modules developed since we first began work with Ross.
By 2020, Emerald Works had transitioned from being an external supplier to a friend and partner.
The Phi Delta Theta Education Team continue to develop content using the approach they learned from Ross, while Emerald Works offer support and additional capacity when needed.