The APT Methodology

Catalysed's overall approach is driven by the APT methodology , where APT is shorthand for the Alignment of Pedagogy and Technology. This methodology was developed through extensive educational research in both secondary and higher education contexts by the founder of Catalysed, Dr Richard Osborne. It is designed to align the needs of teachers and learners with the affordance of digital technologies within a specific educational context.

ADDIE model

From a practical perspective, Catalysed broadly follows the ADDIE model external link icon - a proven, rigorous technique that aims to build "effective training and performance support". The objective is to create a designed solution that matches both school and individual teacher needs. Recognising that different schools have different levels of digital literacy, the "Catalyst" programme has been created to match each school with the most relevant stage for their needs.

The "Catalyst" programme

The "Catalyst" programme is a modular set of services to help schools make effective use of digital technologies for teaching and learning. It is based on a four tier system of digital literacy: Emerging, Developing, Proficient and Exemplary. Different elements of the programme are aimed at schools at different levels of literacy, as detailed below:

Analyse

For schools at an Emerging level of digital literacy; ensures that a strong digital foundation is in place.

The Analysis phase is a diagnosis of where a particular school stands in terms of their use of digital technologies to enhance learning. This combines a practical assessment of physical ICT, the use of surveys to ascertain the level of digital literacy of staff and students, and an analysis of existing policies and practices and how these support the use of ICT.

Design / Develop

For schools at an Emerging / Developing level of digital literacy; designs changes to pedagogy and develops digital capability

Design and Development tends to combine into an iterative cycle, working closely with school senior leadership, heads of department, teachers and other key stakeholders. AIM models, based around the UK Government Teachers' Standards, are used to design changes to practice. Specific digital technologies are identified, using the Tech Trumps®, that have the capacity to support these changes.

Implement

For schools at a Developing / Proficient level of digital literacy; supports individual teachers in the use of digital technologies

Implementation is based on workshops and 1:1 support, with the precise structure dependent upon the outcomes of the analysis and design/development phases. Various tools are used to simplify and support this process, including the SAMR external link icon and RAT external link icon models for understanding technology integration, and the TPACK (Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge) Framework external link icon.

Evaluate

For schools at a Proficient / Exemplary level of digital literacy; examines current practices to suggest improvements

Multiple evaluation processes are used alongside the other four phases to ensure that what is being created and delivered is in line with school needs. A five level research based evaluation framework is used to measure: participants reaction, participants learning, organisational impact, participants use of the new knowledge and student outcomes.

Timescales & pricing

The Catalyst programme can take as little as a few hours commitment from staff for simple developmental workshops, up to thirty days or more for a full ADDIE cycle, all dependent upon which stages of the programme a school feels are most appropriate for their needs. Likewise the length of time can vary from a few hours to many months working together. Costs range from as little as £100 + £10 per person for simple workshops, to £3,000+ for more complex integrated projects. A PDF with a full breakdown of example prices is available on request.