The Ontario Alliance of Christian Schools (OACS) launched an online resource for its member schools to post and share information. The OACS Member ShareSite is a password-protected website available to OACS stakeholders. Members have access to an OACS resource library, which includes shared school resources. These postings are submitted from other member schools.
“We felt that given technology these days, this kind of a resource bank would be very helpful for those schools to place as much of this information in one location as possible,” says John Vanasselt, OACS director of communications.
There are variety of resources schools may choose to share, including letters to parents, forms, surveys and job descriptions. OACS will post certain resources and newsletters, such as workshop presentations and the board report.
OACS staff can also utilize the site in different ways. For example, curriculum writers will be able to easily collaborate on their projects through use of the site.
The concept for ShareSite came from member schools requests. The schools often wanted to know what other people were doing. Vanasselt says the site will allow schools to use resources that another has developed.
“They can look at them and determine whether they are useful in one or another location,” he says.
Tena Boven, assistant to the director of communications, hopes all schools will start to access the site. “Things like this take a little while to build up,” she says. The site will expand over time, as more people add content.
Boven helped to develop the site. She says they ran tests to see what they could change to make it user-friendly. “I would suggest people go there and take a look.”
The ShareSite will be useful for boards when developing policies. “It’s a way of gathering resources and not re-inventing the wheel,” says Boven.
“It is to create both efficiency and the sense of togetherness,” says Vanasselt.