Get connected to e-learning - for social care providers
The strengths of e-learning
Some of the staff can’t get in for training events if they work flexi-time around their children. I can arrange a day and time to do the e-learning and it can be done from home.Patricia at Chatham House
Unlike traditional group learning, you don’t need to get a large number of learners in the same place at the same time. You can use this to your advantage when:
- people are on different shifts
- you have starters at different times
- only one, or a few people, need to be trained in a particular topic
- you have a number of different worksites, or staff working remotely
- people prefer to learn individually at their own pace.
e-Learning can be cost effective because:
- the unit cost per learning can be low
- there is no travel time or trainer’s expenses to pay
- you can reduce the amount of back filling of your staff rota compared to traditional training.
There is an increasing amount of good quality free e-learning available. We have suggested examples at the end.
It is a good idea to get a feel for what e-learning can do by using free material first, as some e-learning can be expensive to buy, particularly for smaller organisations.
Develop knowledge, test knowledge, track results
- e-Learning is particularly well suited to helping staff learn facts, and build up the essential areas of knowledge they need for their work.
- e-Learning can easily be linked to multiple choice tests, some have built-in feedback for the learner.
- Many learning management systems allow you to track time spent on the learning, and the results of tests, for each individual learner who is registered.
Learn in privacy
Not everyone feels confident admitting that they don’t know something. e-Learning is a great chance to bring their ideas up to date without embarrassment.
To combat the isolation of e-learning it is usually best used alongside other methods of learning, such as tutor-led group training, or practical hands-on training. Using e-learning in conjunction with these other learning methods is called blended learning. By having discussion groups and supervision around the areas of the e-learning, staff can access the benefits of both learning alone and learning together.
A pace that suits
eLearners go at their own pace. This can be good for motivated learners who benefit from working at their own pace.