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Proposal Response to the             Mythica Education Consortium     Mythica First – English SecondEnglish as a Second La...
MYTHICA FIRST – ENGLISH SECOND                                                            APRIL 11, 2009ESL DEP           ...
MYTHICA FIRST – ENGLISH SECOND                                                                                           A...
MYTHICA FIRST – ENGLISH SECOND                                                                                            ...
MYTHICA FIRST – ENGLISH SECOND                                                                                            ...
MYTHICA FIRST – ENGLISH SECOND                                                                                            ...
MYTHICA FIRST – ENGLISH SECOND                                                                                           A...
MYTHICA FIRST – ENGLISH SECOND                                                                         APRIL 11, 2009ESL D...
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Mythica Proposal Gold Team Review

  1. 1. Proposal Response to the Mythica Education Consortium Mythica First – English SecondEnglish as a Second Language Distance Education Program April 11, 2009 Submitted By Knowledge Tree Consulting, Inc. 1000 Garden Lane College Station, Texas 77840
  2. 2. MYTHICA FIRST – ENGLISH SECOND APRIL 11, 2009ESL DEP CONTENTSSection Page1 TECHNICAL APPROACH ........................................................................... 1 1.1 SUMMARY ...................................................................................... 1 1.2 ASSUMPTIONS............................................................................... 1 1.3 RAPID PROTOTYPING DESIGN PROCESS ................................. 1 1.4 BASE OPERATING SYSTEM ......................................................... 1 1.5 ESL DEP MODULES ....................................................................... 2 1.6 SCHEDULE ..................................................................................... 22 MANAGEMENT APPROACH ...................................................................... 4 2.1 ORGANIZATIONAL AND STAFFING APPROACH ......................... 4 2.2 SKILLS RETENTION ....................................................................... 4 2.3 PHASE-IN PLAN................................................................................ 43 PAST PERFORMANCE ............................................................................... 4 3.1 RUSSIAN SPACE AGENGY ............................................................... 5 3.2 HALLIBURTON OIL AND GAS ........................................................ 54 COST / PRICE.............................................................................................. 5
  3. 3. MYTHICA FIRST – ENGLISH SECOND APRIL 11, 2009ESL DEP1 TECHNICAL APPROACH Central Station: The University of Mythica will serve as the Central Station for theKnowledge Tree Consulting, Inc. has a Central Servers Room and for the Office ofproven record of producing high-quality Operations and Support.Distance Education Programs (DEPs) forteaching English as a Second Language Network: Mythica’s established infrastructure(ESL). This experience provides an of digital networks and Internet will be utilizedunequaled foundation for contributing to for this ESL DEP. No additional infrastructureMythica’s continued educational development will be developed.and success. Design Resources: Four (4) educated, English-speaking Mythican Curriculum1.1 SUMMARY Specialists will be available, dedicated resources to work with the KTCI designers inKnowledge Tree Consulting, Inc. (KTCI) development of the curriculum modules.supports the belief that knowledge is acquiredthrough experience or experiential activities 1.3 RAPID PROTOTYPING DESIGNand that the learner is actively seeking tomake sense of the world. With this in mind, PROCESSKTCI proposes an adaptive ESL DEP Over our 15-year history, the rapidcomprised of entirely web-based resources, prototyping processes employed by KTCIwith an emphasis on computer delivery to have matured and become ingrained in thetarget the majority of the Mythican population. day-to-day activities, becoming secondOur expertise in using rapid prototyping to nature to those executing the processes. Ourdevelop effective learner-centered designs in proven rapid prototyping approach willcomplex settings that simulate real-world accelerate the design process substantiallysituations is the cornerstone of our success. and facilitate cost avoidance. This will alsoWe have the experience and the industry give us a 1st and 2nd prototype for approvalconnections to develop systems based on the and testing of you, the Mythicans. We arelatest research being developed by experts in dedicated to a high-quality, well-documentedthe fields of science, technology, medicine, processes and have a proven track record forand business. With specific emphasis placed documenting and communicating adherenceon developing adaptive modules in these to defined processes. We will bring the samedisciplines, KTCI will address on the short level of emphasis to the Mythica First –and long-term needs of the Mythican people. English Second ESL DEP.Mythica can be assured that KTCI will be It is this rigor and dedication that will allowready Day-1 to support this new venture. We our designers to work hand-in-hand with theare pleased to propose Mythica First – Mythican Curriculum Specialists to developEnglish Second, a customized ESL DEP, relevant modules in the science, technology,designed specifically to meet the needs of the medicine and business arenas for theMythican people in the present and well into Mythican people.the future. 1.4 BASE OPERATING SYSTEM1.2 ASSUMPTIONS KTCI has developed a base operating systemKTCI has agreed to the following from which all DEPs are built. This state-of-assumptions: the system improves performance and minimizes cost. This along with the rapidPeriod of Performance: The period of prototyping design is the main foundation orperformance for this ESL DEP is our program. Our base system is an onlineApril 15, 2009 to April 15, 2014. system that is accessible through a standard KTCI PROPRIETARY INFORMATION Use or disclosure of the data contained on this sheet is subject to the restriction on the title page of this document. 1
  4. 4. MYTHICA FIRST – ENGLISH SECOND APRIL 11, 2009ESL DEPweb-browser application. It includes sequential accomplishments enables thecomputer collaboration tools to promote student to effectively meet the courseteam environments and online interaction objectives. The student’s enthusiasm forbetween learners and instructors. This learning will be fueled by their ability tosupports our vision of creating “communities measure their own progress as theseof inquiry.” solutions are developed using the English language.Our base operating system is how the ESLmodules will be made available to users of The elements of English speech will bethe DEPs. Our base operating system presented by continuous audio interactionincludes computer-aided communications with the student through the interactive websuch as Email, Bulletin Boards, News workstations. Students will explore the audioGroups, etc. and online methods of course narratives by replaying the audio, reading adelivery. In addition, it includes a streaming written version of the audio and the context-server as a central repository of multimedia sensitive application tools for inquiry andfiles. This repository facilitates reusability for exploration. The rich graphics environmentfuture students and classes and provides will provide clues to the student throughcontinued support to the development of symbols, icons and pictures, among otheronline communities of inquiry. graphical elements. English narratives, student’s voice recordings, and wordsAt KTCI, our talented designers then develop entered through a keyboard will becustomized ESL DEP modules (starting with continuously recorded into the system.our standard module design) that ultimately Audio, video, and written summaries of theintegrate with our base operating system. student’s interaction with the system will be generated automatically for the instructor’s1.5 ESL DEP MODULES review. The DEP is adaptable for individual orOur ESL DEP modules are designed to group study. Study may work from home orimmerse students into a specific area of study in collaboration with other students remotelybeginning with the first lesson. Four different or in the classroom. The system will supportmodules will be available in the fields of different communication channels forscience, medicine, technology, and business. interaction and communication with studentsEach module will provide unique real-life and instructors.learning environments. These learningenvironments will be developed with the Features Benefitsassistance of Mythican Curriculum Specialists  Web-based Application  Accessible from Anywho will be focused on developing curriculum Computer with Internet Accessthat is of particular interest to the Mythican  Customized Modules Developed with  Quick Adoption bypeople. For example, a business module Mythicans Mythican Eldersmight guide a student through the  User-friendlydevelopment of a business plan. As Collaboration Tools  Facilitates Groupmentioned above, these modules will Learningimmerse students into the curriculum and Environmentstherefore immerse such said students into theEnglish language. These modules will vary in 1.6 SCHEDULEcomplexity and offer basic, intermediate andadvanced learning scenarios. The Our efficient project management model willinteractive, web-based multimedia motivates facilitate a 4-month implementation schedule.the student to actively pursue problem solving Table 1-1 provides the major milestonesby providing opportunities for them to develop associated with the design, Phase-In, andtheir own solutions. A clear definition of KTCI PROPRIETARY INFORMATION Use or disclosure of the data contained on this sheet is subject to the restriction on the title page of this document. 2
  5. 5. MYTHICA FIRST – ENGLISH SECOND APRIL 11, 2009ESL DEPImplementation of the Mythica First – EnglishSecond ESL DEP. Table 1-1. Major Milestones Milestone Completion Date  Design Phase  07/15/2009  Including 1st, 2nd, and Final prototypes  Phase-In Period  08/15/2009  Implementation  08/31/2009  Maintenance( begins  08/31/2009 to work out bugs if necessary upon implementation)  Maintenance  8/31/2010 (including updates and addition of modules if necessary) KTCI PROPRIETARY INFORMATION Use or disclosure of the data contained on this sheet is subject to the restriction on the title page of this document. 3
  6. 6. MYTHICA FIRST – ENGLISH SECOND APRIL 11, 2009ESL DEP2 MANAGEMENT APPROACH curriculum modules and will require full-time support from our Network Engineer.The comprehensive management andstaffing approach, and realistic Phase-In plan 2.2 SKILLS RETENTIONoffered by KTCI will facilitate a successful Retention of skilled personnel will be keepsimplementation and provide efficient, cost down and contribute to successfulresponsive support to the Mythica First – contract performance. To aid in retention ofEnglish Second ESL DEP. employees, KTCI reviews compensationOur management approach will address levels periodically and adjusts them to ensurepertinent aspects of this ESL DEP, such as equity and to retain and motivate thestaffing and skills retention. KTCI’s project workforce. Another important tool in retainingmanagement approach is efficient and skilled employees is the ability to recognizecomprehensive, providing a dedicated Project employee growth and allow for careerManager that is accessible and responsive to advancement. We are committed toMythica’s needs. administering employment and personnel practices and programs fairly and equitably,2.1 ORGANIZATIONAL AND without discrimination. STAFFING APPROACH 2.3 PHASE-IN PLANAs a recognized leader in the design andimplementation of DEPs, our strength lies in We have long-standing demonstratedour skills, experience, and passion for rapid performance of effective utilization of aprototyping design. KTCI is able to efficiently 30-day Phase-In period on previous andaccess the company-wide resources current major contracts implementing on-linenecessary to successfully fulfill the DEPs. Our approach provides the thoroughrequirements of this contract. We have over preparation needed to ensure high-maturity of15 years experience developing and the system and seamless integration with theimplementing ESL DEPs. This far-reaching existing network architecture in use at theexperience includes a unique understanding University of Mythica.of modules developed for science,technology, medicine, and business. Features Benefits  Dedicated Project  Accessible andWe have selected outstanding key design Manager Responsive to Needs ofpersonnel to provide the required technical Mythicaleadership, skills and experience to begin therapid prototyping design process. This is  Key Personnel have  Cost Effective, Rapidnecessary for the effective design and Extensive ESL DEP Design Phaseimplementation of the program. Each module Experiencewill have a designated Instructional Designer,Mythican Curriculum Specialist, and SoftwareEngineer. A Language Acquisition Specialist 3 PAST PERFORMANCEwill support each of the four modules. Inaddition, the Documentation/Training KTCI has proven rapid prototyping designCoordinator will formalize the documentation experience with ESL DEPs to supportand generate detailed training manuals. successful design and implementation of theEvery member of the team will be cognizant Mythica First – English Second ESL DEP.of their task requirements and the customer’s KTCI understands the significant challengesquality goals, through the setting of personal of implementing a DEP focused on teachingperformance objectives. ESL. It requires experienced instructionalDevelopment of the system architecture will designers, systematic rapid prototypingoccur in parallel with the development of the processes, and the highest level of attention KTCI PROPRIETARY INFORMATION Use or disclosure of the data contained on this sheet is subject to the restriction on the title page of this document. 4
  7. 7. MYTHICA FIRST – ENGLISH SECOND APRIL 11, 2009ESL DEPto detail. For more than 15 years of Proven 15-Year Proven Track Recordexperience, the dedicated designers at KTCI Designing DEPShave been pioneers in developing DEPs that  Designed and implemented 57 DEPs onexceed our customer expectations. schedule and within budgetSections 3.1 and 3.2 provide two examples of  35 ESL DEPs have been designed forESL DEPs designed, implemented, and scientific, medical, technological and businesscurrently maintained by KTCI and will industry leaderssubstantiate our relevant experience and Our existing 12-year contract with Halliburtoncapabilities in rapid prototyping design of ESL allows us to continuously enhance this DEPDEPs. by adding new ESL modules that reflect3.1 RUSSIAN SPACE AGENGY Halliburton’s evolving work environments. Halliburton recognized our excellentAs one of NASA’s contracts for the performance and contribution with an AwardInternational Space Station (ISS); KTCI has Fee score of 97.significant and relevant experience with theESL DEP for the Russian Space Agency 4 COST / PRICE(RSA). KTCI is the original developer and KTCI is pleased to submit our Cost/Price forcurrent contractor for this on-line DEP. We the Mythica First – English Second ESL DEP.are successfully managing our second 5-year This price remains firm for one hundred andcontract. The heavy emphasis on modules twenty (120) days from submission of thedeveloped for science, medicine, technology proposal. Our cost proposal was developedand business will be of particular benefit to using our approved estimating, pricing andthe Mythica First – English Second contract. accounting systems, and is consistent withThe RSA program supported the first our disclosed accounting practices.cosmonauts to inhabit the ISS in 2000 andhas been used to successfully teach English To perform the design and implementationto all cosmonauts and their families. Using tasks, KTCI will provide 14 key personnelour systematic rapid prototyping design with extensive experience in generating rapidprocesses we were able to work hand-in- prototyping ESL DEP requirements. Ourhand with experienced cosmonauts that rates for these skill sets are clearly stated inspoke English to develop and implement Table 2-1 and are competitive within ourrelevant modules within a 6-month timeframe. industry.KTCI completed this project on schedule and This design and implementation phase of thiswithin budget. DEP will be performed on site at Mythica3.2 HALLIBURTON OIL AND GAS University, located in Grand Mythica. Our 14 key personnel will travel to Mythica andKTCI applied our tested and proven rapid remain for the duration of their assignedprototyping design processes in the tasks. The University of Mythica hasdevelopment of an ESL module for graciously supplied housing and office spaceHalliburton. This particular module at no cost to KTCI.emphasizes relevant terminology for the oil The proposed material and equipment costsand gas industry and was designed for (including maintenance) required for period ofindividual and/or group participation. This 6- performance associated with this DEP aremonth rapid prototyping effort worked with detailed in Table 2-1.geologists, engineers and project managersto implement an effective on-line program KTCI employs a 15 percent annualthat could be accessed from Halliburton’s Management fee consistent with industrynumerous operating sites. practices. KTCI PROPRIETARY INFORMATION Use or disclosure of the data contained on this sheet is subject to the restriction on the title page of this document. 5
  8. 8. MYTHICA FIRST – ENGLISH SECOND APRIL 11, 2009ESL DEP Table 2.1 Detailed Pricing Sheet for Mythica First – English Second ESL DEP KTCI PROPRIETARY INFORMATION Use or disclosure of the data contained on this sheet is subject to the restriction on the title page of this document. 1

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