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The QIA Excellence Gateway offers the further education system a number of key features to encourage self-improvement for all those involved in further education. The Towards Maturity Project supports the service by sharing good practice to ensure success of e-learning in the work place.(More )
There’s been a surge of interest recently in podcasting among learning and development professionals. Behind the hype, though, hard information seems hard to find. Donald H Taylor,one of the Towards Maturity Virtual Advisorty Members, outlines some ways to get started and make your mark with podcasting on TrainingZone.
The Towards Maturity e-learning project is interested in improving the effectiveness of e-learning in the workplace. But it is not just about supporting those who are implementing e-learning in their place of work but also those who are providing work based learning programmes to employers from both the commercial and public sector.
The Department for Work and Pensions has been undergoing a wide ranging modernisation programme aiming to produce over 100 hours of online content.
Download this case study to see how the Student Loans company have supported learners and managers with new ways of learning.
e-learn2work is a research project funded by the European Union. Focusing on small and micro businesses, the project aims to:
Lessons for Educators from Towards Maturity research.
Welcome to the new site for the work of the e-skills uk e-learning project.
There are many broad interpretations about what e-learning is and isn’t. In this project we are keen to uncover all of the opportunities that technology provides to assist learning in any form.
Virgin Atlantic Airways ( together with partner EBC) are the winners of the e-learning award 2006 for a project delivering the most tangible return on investment.
A new online portal which is set to become the leading service for people working within all aspects of further education will be launched this week by the Quality Improvement Agency (QIA).
This good practice guide on learner support is produced by Kineo in collaboration with Ufi.
UKI Partnerships, part of RBS Insurance is an extraordinary business. From its inception in 2000, it has grown rapidly to become one of the country’s leading general insurance and motoring assistance partnership providers, serving millions of customers in partnership with brand leaders across all the major sectors.
Kineo and Ufi, have produced a free guide for those new to podcasting that explores the potential of podcasting. It covers:
Getting started with e-learning can be daunting – there are many tools and services available with costs ranging from through the roof to free!
A new benchmark study into current and future trends in organisational learning has revealed that self-directed learning is the route preferred by the majority of employees and that the role of managers in facilitating this is critical to success.
There are many providers of e-learning products, services and expertise who specialise in delivering learning in the workplace. But when you are new to e-learning, finding them is another matter.
Find out about Informal learning on You Tube
Over the past 2 years, the Crown Prosecution Service has embarked on a rigorous and radical course of modernisation to unlock its employees’ potential and transform both the reality and perception of the CPS by moving away from traditional classroom teaching towards a blended approach to learning and education. In particular, the potential of technology has been harnessed through the development of online learning, and the introduction of the Prosecution College.
This case study looks at how BT addressed the challenges of providing and monitoring learning for 30,000 field engineers. It looks at the challenges that were addressed in meeting the needs of a dispersed audience and outlines the practicalities of using the mobile phone to provide and assess learning. BT were shortlisted in the e-learning awards 2006 for this implementation
Three out of four employers who use e-learning for staff training plan to significantly increase their use of informal networks over the next three years, according to e-skills UK research into e-based learning published today. The research was undertaken on behalf of the Skills for Business network of 25 Sector Skills Councils.
The Priory Group and their partner Information Transfer were the winners of the ‘Widening participation in e-learning’ e-learning award (Nov 2006) and the winners of ‘elearning project of the Year’ from the Institute of IT training (Feb 2007).
Controlled vocabularies – the secret of getting your content found on the web
Strategy is a key element in any successful learning and performance improvement programme. The Towards Maturity research highlighted that mature users of e-learning in the workplace are more likely to have a learning strategy aligned to business goals and will have a range of plans in place to encourage adoption and sustainability.
Change Management and e-learning
Rapid e-learning – what is it all about?
Kineo – 50 ideas for free e-learning
The ICCA (Increasing Citizens Choice & Access) project is about helping organisations harness the potential of technology in the learning process and overcome barriers to change.
Following the introduction of the National Certificate for Licences, this innovative programme, using the el-box tablet PC developed by Creative Learning Media for Brewers Fayre pubs in the Whitbread Group, reflects a high level of audience sensitivity with 86% out of 9,600 staff now preferring this method of learning.
In 2001, Safeway Stores identified £100m revenue as “lost” or unaccounted. The business set a target to reduce this figure by £40m in the following year, by improving stock management skills in stores.
This genuinely pioneering development, developed over a number of years, exploring the use of online learning in a factory-floor environment combined with online assessment leading to recognised qualifications, makes for an insightful case study.
When ntl, the UK’s leading broadband company, wanted to update its online induction programme in line with its professional, progressive, innovative image, it opted for TATA Interactive Systems’ revolutionary, intuitive interface approach which not only caters for individuals’ preferred learning styles but also gives them the responsibility and motivation for succeeding in their learning task. More details….
In common with many manufacturing sectors, the ceramic industry is undergoing significant restructuring to adapt to the challenges of modern global competition.
Learning Light, a member of the work based e-learning project advisory network has completed a systematic literature review of the research that has been conducted in the use of learning technologies in the workplace. Their aim is to identify any gaps for future research. In particular they are trying to answer the following questions:
Measuring the Business Impact of Learning
This report was published to present the findings of the first DTI Global Watch Mission to the USA on eLearning.
Open source for e-learning: Moodle LMS overview
RBS: Impact of new technologies on staff training, learning and development – Interview with Jim McLaughlin
This interview investigates how Jim McLaughlin (Head of Learning for the Royal Bank of Scotland Group) is using technologies and how they are impacting both training and development, staff and learners within the group. He outlines how they are exploring new technologies such as blogs, virtual classrooms, Ipods etc to address different needs via an approach of trial and experimentation.
Cable & Wireless Cable & Wireless is one of the world’s leading international communications companies operating in 33 countries.
Datmedia and Ambient Performance have provide a free online and mobile briefing on the use of ‘Podcasts, wikis and blogs’ for knowledge sharing at the BBC, featuring Head of BBC Training and Development, Nigel Paine.
e-learning in SMEs: Challenges and Opportunities
Alpha Airports group is a global provider of in-flight catering and airport retailing and need to ensure that all staff are aware of stringent security requirements and can follow operational procedures effectively.
This study shows how, by utilising the online Corporate Learning Service (GlobalEnglish), the hotel chain significantly improved employees ability to communicate in English (reading, writing, listening and speaking).
The aim of the Virtual Centre of Learning Excellence (VCLE) is to provide flexible learning opportunities for employees and students in technology related industries and to facilitate the exchange of information, resources and best practice between learning providers and industry employers
BMW have applied learning technologies across to provide personalised learning from NVQ and technical certificates for in house apprenticeship programmes to new product updates for sales and technical staff across their dealership.
Whilst we completed this study in 2006, I have still not seen very many programmes that compare with the Frontline blended learning approach which includes in the innovative use of mixed media in a learning programme specifically designed to address behavioural change. Many say that online media are just not suitable for encouraging new attitudes and behaviours but this study proves them wrong!
Detailed case study covering 60,000 staff who accessed the NHS portal for basic IT ECDL skills training with an increase in staff morale, confidence and capability. Saving time, with 66% transfer of benefits to patients and an overall ROI improvement of 251%.
Winner of achieving inclusivity for learners of all aptitudes and abilities. E-Learning Awards 2005
Winner in the tutoring and coaching category. Elearning Awards 2005
Shortlisted in the widespread adoption category. E-Learning Awards 2005.
Special Mention in best use of an LCMS category. E-Learning Awards 2005
Charles Jennings, Global Head of Learning at Reuters, is transforming the way that Reuters looks at learning. The following items review the move to a process based learning that focuses on performance and capability rather than the delivery of learning events.
Assessment systems drive the education system and whilst technology was touching many aspects of learning, it seems that the assessment system still is fixed by pen and paper.
This is one of the original reports on successful e-learning implementation that contributed to the development of the Towards Maturity research findings. It explored the common business factors that contribute to e-learning success within european organisations. 15 successful organisations took part from diverse sectors and feedback was gathered from over 2000 learners within those businesses