t HowToo, we care about people and the world around us - we want to make a difference. Whether that means looking out for employees’ mental health, reducing our environmental footprint or making content accessible for all, HowToo is determined to make the world a better place and our greatest contribution is within our domain of expertise - eLearning design. We continue to fight for equality by placing learners at the heart of all our learning solutions... so read on to find out how to maximise learning of your learners.
Why focus on the learner?
We believe every person has a right to access high-quality eLearning so we make sure that our solutions are fully accessible, cater to the needs and abilities of all learners and ultimately maximise learning. We know that this learner-centric approach, in addition to improving knowledge retention, is a means to break down barriers and tackle social inequality.
People with disabilities often encounter a minefield of challenges when completing eLearning courses. Unfortunately, many modules don’t account for the diverse motor, intellectual and processing abilities of all their participants. For those with diverse needs, it is difficult and tiring, and frequently impossible, to even participate in many courses.
At HowToo we go above and beyond to make our eLearning modules as equitable as possible for all learners by implementing accessible design practices according to the international WCAG 2.1 standards. But we don’t do it for the pat on the back, we do it because we’re passionate about equality.
And the best part? When we create learning solutions that focus on what learners can do, rather than what they can’t, we create a superior learning experience for all.
But back in 2018, the problem was that very few authoring tools made it easy, let alone possible, to create accessible content. So we decided to change that.
Never one to shy away from a challenge, Jenny and Lisa, Savv-e and HowToo’s co-founders, began to create a learner-centric online learning development software that would allow anyone to create professional and accessible eLearning, regardless of their background or experience. This software evolved to become HowToo.
Work on HowToo began in early 2018, and by June of 2018 we had acquired our first paying customer. In 2019 it was recognised as a finalist in the MPowered Pitch Competition and was a winner of the HR/L&D Tech Fest Start-Up Clash. One year later, after extensive user experience testing and tweaking, we were thrilled to launch HowToo!
Since then, HowToo has hit goal after goal, bringing on high-profile customers and winning not one, not two, but three grants in it's first year live, including the Accelerating Commercialisation and Boosting Female Founders grants. These grants have enabled HowToo to further expand it's vision towards building an AI-powered marketplace for customers to distribute their learning.
What makes How Too so special?
As Jenny shares, “there are plenty of tools out there that help you create nice looking content and interactivity, but if that content doesn’t hit the mark in terms of what the learner really needs to think, feel and do to get their job done, there’s really no point.”
HowToo offers a blend of convenience, intuition and accessibility that is currently unparalleled by any other online learning development software. At the heart of HowToo, is a growing library of pre-designed learning experience templates and assessment functionalities which are based on cognitive science and adult learning principles. As a user, you also have access to the ever-growing, full HowToo media library. That’s a huge range of videos, images and interactivity. But if you want something more specific, you’ve also got the freedom to incorporate your own multimedia. In other words, HowToo allows you to create eLearning that is personalised, powerful and up-to-date.
One of the most exciting features of HowToo is that it is the only online learning development software that has built-in accessibility that meets WCAG 2.1 Level AA standards, the mandatory accessibility standard for government agencies and many large corporations. With HowToo, you can rest assured that your content exceeds mandatory accessibility requirements and enables equal access to eLearning for all.
We are incredibly excited about the possibilities for learning that HowToo holds. But most of all we are proud. We are proud of the hard work and expertise that has gone into developing such a pioneering eLearning software.
As Lisa summarised, “We are proud to have created a tool that looks out for everyone and makes sure they have equal access to learning.”