Our first year at Moderation Gateway has been very busy and rewarding. We’ve tested, launched and watched as our students have progressed through the training and become Moderation Gateway certified moderators.
We’ve been really encouraged by the response since our launch in June and are very grateful to the companies who have stood by us and championed the cause for raising moderation standards. We now know there are many others who want to help drive this new and important industry benchmark for competent moderation: individuals, high profile companies and organisations whose focus is to keep the Internet a safe and healthy space.
We are particularly grateful for the expertise and guidance from eModeration, whose experience and advice has been second to none. Their own moderators have also been very enthusiastic about the training and the opportunity to gain a professional certificate in moderation.
Let’s take a look at our 2013 milestones:
We spent the first half of the year piloting the training with many different volunteers. We listened to their feedback and made improvements to the system.
Moderation Gateway launched!
After much anticipation, we officially launched Moderation Gateway in June. All of our hard work and focus was rewarded with great interest from a wide range of companies and individuals from the start.
A busy summer…
The summer of 2013 was particularly memorable as we enrolled our first paying student and signed up our first high profile corporate account – Mind Candy. We also found our stride with our social media channels, sharing and engaging industry news through Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+.
UK Register of Learning Practitioners
Moderation Gateway was then accepted on the UK Register of Learning Practitioners. The UKRLP shares information on registered training providers across agencies such as the Learning and Skills Council, the National Learning Directory, the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).
In October, Moderation Gateway’s membership to the IWF was officially publicised via their social media channels and website. Moderation Gateway becomes the 113th company to join forces with the IWF and, through this organisation, we strengthened our commitment to the shared vision of an Internet free of child sexual abuse content. Susie Hargreaves, IWF Chief Executive commented: “Our partnership with Moderation Gateway ensures that training includes information of what and when to report to the IWF; empowering moderators to do the right thing and react appropriately to online criminal content.”
The first edition of the Register of Trained Moderators (RTM) newsletter is published
A great landmark for the team at Moderation Gateway was achieved in November as we sent out our first newsletter to the exclusive register of trained and certified moderators. The first of many more to come…
Year end round up
An increased number of students and corporate clients signed up for our moderation foundation training towards the end of the year. We were particularly encouraged by the variety and high profiles of the organisations interested in our training course, from NGOs to world famous global brands, all looking to support and be part of this industry first.
We are encouraged about the results achieved this year and, looking ahead, we are very positive about the forthcoming year. As the year draws to a close, we remain committed in our continued efforts to build on the solid foundations already laid in 2013.
All the very best for 2014 from the team at Moderation Gateway.
Moderation Gateway – raising standards through training.