Distance & E-learning Materials


'The response from students has been very favourable.'

Case studies of distance and e-learning projects we have carried out include:

Distance learning materials for professional body

When the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) – the international examining and professional body for purchasing and supply chain management – introduced a new qualification scheme, it required a complete set of supporting course materials for students.


Following a long tendering process – as thorough and rigorous as you would expect from purchasing and supply professionals – Wordhouse was appointed to develop and produce a new programme of learning materials.


In total, CIPS commissioned 17 course books, each 350 pages long. Academically, the level of study ranged from the equivalent of A-level through to postgraduate.


Over 18 months, the Wordhouse publishing team produced all 17 course books in both print and web-enabled formats.


Wordhouse proposed and agreed the overall structure, approach and instructional design with the client, including a comprehensive house style, then commissioned and managed a team of authors and technical reviewers through to project completion. Management of the production process at all stages – including instructional editing, copy-editing, design and layout, proofreading and indexing right through to press-optimised PDFs – was tightly controlled to ensure on-time, on-budget delivery.

Future-proof production

To ensure the longevity of the materials, Wordhouse created them using a sophisticated content management system. Materials were stored in XML, ready to be adapted, revised or updated and published to the web as required.


Why Wordhouse?

Robert Vine, who oversaw the project for CIPS, found Wordhouse’s approach thorough and responsive. He says: 'The Wordhouse team was very methodical, and always extremely helpful. Overall, the project management was most impressive. This was the first time the CIPS had attempted to produce a complete set of course materials at one time. The response from students has been very favourable.'


‘Very methodical and always extremely helpful…the project management was most impressive.’

Robert Vine, CIPS

Image of a coursebook produced for the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply


Eight e-learning modules were produced over an intensive eighteen month period.

Instructional design and e-learning content for global publisher

One of the world's largest publishers of unversity textbooks asked Wordhouse to help design and develop its new e-learning courses aimed at degree-level students in business and management. Wordhouse advised and contributed to the instructional design of the courses, and subsequently commissioned, managed and edited the material ready for handover to the publisher's e-learning production vendor. Eight e-learning modules, comprising well over a million words of text, were produced over an intensive eighteen month period.