April News Splash

April brought the budget and, with it, more spending cuts for local government.  With the relentless emphasis on efficiency savings it’s good to see how some Learning Pool customers can demonstrate strong return on investment cases for their e-learning. 

Some of these customers will be showcasing their e-learning activity at the Public Sector Learning conference on Wednesday 20th May.  We’re also announcing the arrival of our new Return on Investment calculator.

Public  Sector Learning Conference – Fresh Ideas for Tomorrow’s People
Plans are being finalised for the conference on Wednesday 20th May and the event promises to deliver some sparkling speaker performances, magnificent Masterclasses and stunning e-learning showcases.

We still have some room for extra delegates so book your place now.  See the full agenda here.

Five reasons why you should attend:

1.  Be enthused by how Web2.0 can help you make more efficiencies and service improvements
2.  Take part in Master classes to learn tools and techniques to take home with you
3.  Be inspired by local authorities who are using social media and making a difference
4.  Learn how Web2.0 technologies can help to build an engaged, diverse and modern workforce
5.  Network with over 100 like-minded public sector colleagues; swap stories, issues and business cards

We’re hosting a Learning Pool Eve of Conference party on Tuesday 19th May with an Irish theme.  We’d love to see you there so please RSVP to breda@learningpool.com.

E-learning on National Learn at Work day 2009
This year’s National Learn at Work day on Thursday 14th May, part of the Adult Learners’ week, will see the promotion of e-learning within two public sector organisations.

Norfolk County Council and Tower Hamlet Homes are using the day to launch their brand new e-learning programmes.  Jonathan Newcombe from Norfolk says ”

Jonathan says “We’ve got some great events and activities planned to launch our corporate e-learning programme, starting with our Welcome to Norfolk Induction course.

“We’re fortunate to have a solid learning culture here at Norfolk CC.  Learning is valued and we get high profile support from our CE and Chief Officers’ Group who recently took part in an hour long Skills for Life test on English and Maths to demonstrate their commitment to our Skills Pledge.”

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Return on Investment calculator
Our return on investment calculator will give you a quick idea of the relative costs of e-learning versus other training methods.  Visit www.learningpool.com/resources/roi to calculate your savings and create statistics to use in your business cases.

Want to feature in one of our ROI case studies?  Please get in touch.

How To guides
We’re currently planning a series of e-learning courses designed to help you get the most out of your Learning Pool subscription.  The courses will be launched at our Public Sector Learning Conference and will cover:

How to get the best out of Learning Pool
How to roll out your e-learning
How to project manage your e-learning
How to engage others
How To take your first steps

Sign up to be the first to know when the courses are released by emailing janet@learningpool.com.

A word on Sharing courses
Thank you to all the Learning Pool members who have recently shared their authored courses; it’s great to see the modules coming through, especially on new topics like Child Protection.

Please follow these steps to share your authored course:
1.  When ready to publish from the Authoring Tool save your course by clicking file/publish project/Learning Pool upload output
2. Upload your Zip file output via the Share Tool .

If you have any questions about how to save, publish or share your authored course please email support@learningpool.com or call 0845 174 1101.

New customers
Hello and welcome to the following brand new public sector organisations who’ve joined Learning Pool this month:
• Southend-on-Sea Borough Council
• Tower Hamlets Homes

Courses shared this month
• How to create an online support area on a Learning Pool DLE, Bury Metropolitian Borough Council
• Managing Attendance 2009, Learning Pool
• Investigation Skills, Learning Pool
• Information security – Vanilla, Plymouth City Council and Essex Online Partnership
• Government Connect – Vanilla version, Plymouth City Council and Essex Online Partnership
• Manage your priorities, Birmingham City Council
• What to do in a Flu Pandemic, Dorset County Council
• Child Development, Westminster City Council

Dates for your diary
Wed 6th & Thu 7th AT Workshop, London
Tue 12th & Wed 13th, AT Workshop, Manchester
Wed 20th LP Conference, London

Tue 2nd & Wed 3rd AT Workshop, London
Thu 4th DLE Workshop, London

And finally
‘Wear your learning like your watch, in a private pocket; and do not pull it out and strike it, merely to show that you have one.’
Lord Chesterfield


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