CALP Portal Project Evaluation - Have Your Say!

Odette Lloyd, Community Learning Network

1 2 15 December 2016

It’s hard to believe it has been almost two years since CLN started working on the development of the CALP Portal! In February of 2015, CLN received funding through eCampusAlberta to support the development of an online “one-stop-shop” for all things CALP. Leading this project has been an exhilarating and inspiring journey for me, and I personally feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to learn so much along the way.

The CALP Portal went live at at the end of October 2015, and since the site’s launch, it has been so exciting to watch the CALP online community really take off!

In the first six weeks or so that the site was online, there were just over 3,000 content views. If you compare that to the same six weeks in 2016, from November 1st to December 14th, there have been a whopping 50,714 content views!

That means that the CALP community is most definitely online - logging in and checking out the resources, events, blogs, documents and discussions. So far, there have been over 21,000 logins to the CALP Portal.

Curious about what everybody’s been looking at? Here is some of our most viewed content:

If You Think Your Community is Remote…. Blog Post by Tanis Harms, with great photos from a road trip all the way up to Alberta's most northern CALP

Building Your CALP Budget – Module 2 of the “CALP Financial Management” microlearning workshop (member login is required to access the Microlearning section of the site, where you will find custom online training content that has been developed specifically for Alberta CALPs)

Introduction to the Community Adult Learning Program – Video posted in the Resource Collection

And not only are you looking at content, you are sharing with the community. More than 600 people have been actively engaged on the Portal – posting discussions, adding replies, uploading resources to share, and adding thoughts, opinions and wisdom in the comments.

On a personal note, one of the things I have enjoyed the most about this project has been the truly collaborative spirit and generosity of all the partners who have been a part of this process.

  • CALP staff have been instrumental from the very beginning, and in the continued development and enhancement of the Portal. CALP staff and board members from every region of the province have contributed by taking time to participate in face-to-face meetings, to answer surveys and questionnaires, and to provide direct feedback to the CLN about how we could ensure the CALP Portal was meeting your needs.

  • Of course, the CALP Grant Management team from Alberta Advanced Education has been part of the process too; it was the CALP Team who brought forward the idea for the CALP FAQs section of the site. (If you haven’t had a chance to check it out yet, be sure to log in and go to to find answers to some the most common questions the grant managers get about the CALP Grant.)

  • I’d also be remiss if I didn’t say a very special thank you to the CALP staff that helped in the development, design, beta-testing and bug-finding for the CALP Database. (You know who you are, you troopers!)

So as we prepare to close out this project, we will invite you to share your feedback once again. In January, we will send out a survey to help us with the evaluation of this project. We want to know how you have been using the Portal and the Database, what features have been most helpful, what you think we may have missed, and what kind of impact you think this project has made.

Watch your inbox for the CALP Portal Project survey in January. We look forward to hearing what you have to say!

Odette Lloyd
Communications Specialist
Community Learning Network


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