Timmus Limited can assist you and your company by:
- Designing, building and analysing web surveys
- Completing independent impact evaluation, research and literature reviews
- Carrying out qualitative and quantitative data analysis on your data
- Providing strategic e-learning consultancy
- Writing and designing e-learning modules or communications materials (manuals, “How-to” guides, user-centred website text)
- Project managing / overseeing e-learning development
- Working within an organisation to identify blockers and drivers to implementation, and positively manage change
At Timmus we believe that:
- Reliable data comes from sound experimental design, use of qualitative and quantitative approaches, and valid statistical analysis.
- Understanding people and context is the key to collecting powerful data, and producing successful e-learning and communication materials.
- Effective e-learning is driven by sound strategy. This includes collecting data about learner needs, identifying organisational change management issues, considering development as a cyclical process, and planning development and delivery with realistic goals.
- Effective communication doesn’t require big-budget spend, it requires a bit of thought.
Projects have included:
- The creation and/or analysis of web surveys for Higher Education establishments, using software such as SurveyMonkey or BOS, and targeted analysis of the results. A recent testimonial is provided on the BOS website.
- A literature review on the issues surrounding information, digital and media literacy, leading to a presentation at Oxford University’s ‘Shock of the Old’ conference (over 8,500 viewers to date) and an invitation to act as a named expert as part of the EU’s Digital Competence project.
- A two-year Government research project to investigate the effects of e-learning on student attainment and motivation. Final reports available online for year 1 and year 2.
- The design, construction and authoring of over 30 e-learning modules about Lean and Six Sigma process management techniques for Process Management International Ltd.
- An evaluation of e-learning authoring software tools, resulting in a report and easy-to-use fact sheets for teachers.
Timmus Limited was set up in 2003 and is run by Dr Tabetha Newman. Tabetha’s qualifications include a degree in Zoology and a Ph.D. in Animal Behaviour.
In 2000 she moved into the field of science communication and e-learning when she joined Information Transfer in Cambridge. During this period she produced e-learning solutions for clients such as GlaxoSmithKline, the NHS, and KPMG, and specialised in keeping up-to-date with standards issues, particularly SCORM (the sharable content object reference model). In 2002 she wrote a successful article about SCORM (PDF, 1.05MB) that was published in E-learning Age Magazine, and subsequently re-published in a number of other industry magazines and online forums. In 2003 Tabetha decided that she wanted to better incorporate her research skills together with independent e-learning consultancy, and so founded Timmus Limited.
Previous clients include: Learning & Skills Improvement Service, Process Management International Ltd, Cardiff University, The Institute for Learning and Research Technologies, Futurelab, Becta, Learning and Skills Council, CUREE, Hefce, Pure Usability Ltd, and JISC.
Whilst working at Information Transfer I worked on projects for GlaxoSmithKline, the NHS, KPMG, World Rally Championships and Novartis.
“This is an excellent piece of work – exemplary in my view – and I require no substantive changes. The work more than meets my expectations. Many thanks for your efforts.” Bob Powell, Programme Development Manager, Learning & Skills Improvement Service (2013)
“In 2011 we used the BOS survey tool for our Information Services student satisfaction survey. We then asked BOS to analyse the results on our behalf. Their analyst, Dr Tabetha Newman, helped us to identify our priorities and mapped a cost-effective way for us to get the answers we needed. She spent time getting to understand our context before creating a targeted plan for analysis, and a focused (rather than voluminous!) report that was easy to scan and read.
We really appreciated the on-going dialogue throughout the project, which allowed us some flexibility to respond to results as they came in. We have since asked BOS and Tabetha to analyse our 2012 staff and postgraduate survey, and have again been pleased with the results. We are very happy to recommend their services!” Dr Alison Weightman, Director, Support Unit for Research Evidence, Cardiff University
“Tabetha was tasked with finding and summarising an enormous range of viewpoints and models describing the development of digital media literacy amongst school learners. She conducted a thorough review of the literature with great efficiency and a highly organised approach and was able to extract robust evidence, making insightful recommendations. Tabetha has an exceptional ability to present complex ideas in an engaging and digestible form. In the presentation of the findings, her enthusiasm and in depth knowledge made her an excellent spokesperson for the project.” Andrea Shirley, Manager of Online Learning, Becta
“Tabetha was concerned to extract accurate and detailed analysis based on robust data. Her work was efficient and thorough and her style approachable and fair minded. Work was always delivered to time and to a very high standard. It was a pleasure working with her.”
Sue Butler, Senior e-learning Policy Manager, LSC.
“Just a quick note to say how much I like the modules coming through… they look really nice and you continue to have some great additional ideas. Hope we can do lots more.” Jan Gillet, Director, Process Management International Ltd
“We gave Tabetha the challenge to gather a mass of evidence from discrete sources and analyse it to produce a concise report which highlighted the salient points. This was successfully achieved as a result of her meticulous approach. A thorough understanding of the requirements of Becta has been key to her success, and passionately engaging with the objectives has provided some insightful analysis. Her forward thinking and visionary skills have also been an asset to Becta.”
David Prescod, Manager for Access and Provision, Becta.