Yes, Online/ blended learning qualifies for levy funding as per the ESFA 'Apprenticeship off-the-job training policy and examples' (Sept 2019 version; Page 8).
In addition, time spent providing learning support and writing assignments and assessments also qualify as '20% off-the-job'. The worksheets and assessments covered in Pearson's LearningHub all qualify as being covered under the 20% off-the-job criteria.
Digital learning ‘qualifies’ for 20% off-the-job requirement as per ESFA guidelines and the details of the modules including the indicative ‘seat time’ can be populated onto the ‘ESFA Apprenticeship Commitment Statement’ or any equivalent template as used by the training provider.
The Digital content from Pearson will not cover ALL of the 20% off-the-job, but can cover a significant part of this. We will provide an ‘indicative’ seat time for learners highlighting the time an average learner will need to read through the content thoroughly.
Time spent on assignments / worksheet completion etc would be in addition to this. The assignment / worksheets are contextualised to the learner / role / organisation, hence it is difficult to put a timeline on this.
The Digital content for the standards cover the knowledge and behaviour elements. The Behaviour modules, obviously only cover the behaviour elements. Majority of the behaviours across the most popular standards should be covered within the 13 x behaviour modules.
We will be getting a detailed content breakdown for the behaviour modules available for customers during the launch phase. We will also be adding more behaviour modules in 2020.
When a learner submits the assignments, the tutor / staff has the option to grade it. You need to have staff access to grade the assignments. This functionality demonstration / detail can be covered during the customer on-boarding process and/ or during the Instructor webinars which will start from December 2019 onwards.
Reporting is a work in progress. For the launch, we will have very basic enrolment and grade reports. I would say that we will release the reporting details that will be available on the platform in a phased manner with timelines from Feb 2020. If customers need any specific reports, they can request this.
However, we will prioritise the requirements based on the criticality and demand and introduce these from time to time.
Currently, we have no plans to embed these digital products into any external third party systems. Embedding the ‘digital assets’ such as the videos, infographics and comic strips would disaggregate the ‘online course experience’ for the learners. Hence, the decision NOT to embed these cuurently. If more customers request this, we can re-evaluate this decision next year. However, any integration with customers’ existing systems will come with an additional price (yet to be decided).