December News Splash

christmas-puddingDecember is the month of mistletoe, Christmas pudding and a few days off (if you’re lucky).  

From everyone at Learning Pool we wish you a very Happy Christmas and a successful New Year.

In this issue:

That was the Year that was

Basildon’s Management Development Programme enhanced with new e-learning blend

Share at Christmas (and win!)

Environment and Climate change courses shared by LB Brent

Introducing LPTV – free hosted online video storage

That was the Year that was
We’ve had a busy year which is the way we like it! It’s been a year of growth, not just within team Learning Pool (there are now 28 of us) but within the Learning Pool community too. Here are a few of our highlights of the year; why not add yours?  

We’re all looking forward to working with you in 2009.

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Basildon’s Management Development Programme enhanced with new e-learning blend
Learning Pool’s content development team, headed up by Deborah Limb, has just delivered six e-learning modules on six separate topics to Basildon Council in just six weeks.

Aimed at Basildon’s managers, each e-learning module is 30 minutes long and covers a different people management policy.  Subjects range from capability procedure and absence management to the authority’s dispute resolution procedure. 

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Share at Christmas (and win!)
Christmas is almost upon us, and the holiday can mean different things to different people but at Learning Pool we feel Christmas’s main appeal is sharing. 

This can be done by sharing gifts with friends and loved ones, sharing Christmas dinner around the table and maybe even kisses under the mistletoe.  But why not try something different this year and share the e-learning courses you’ve created with the Learning Pool community?

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Environment and Climate change courses shared by LB Brent
LB Brent has recently updated its six Environment and Climate Change e-learning courses to reflect feedback from learners and colleagues. 

The courses have been authored by the Environmental Policy and Projects team within the council using the Learning Pool authority tool and include an interactive game.

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Introducing LPTV – free hosted online video storage
January 2009 will see the launch of an exciting new feature developed by Learning Pool called Learning Pool TV (LPTV).

This new service will give you access to an online video storage and sharing space where you can post files and make them available, only to your organisation or more widely across the Learning Pool community.  These videos can then be linked to your DLE or included in any authored course.

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In brief…

It’s a steal…
Have you heard about our latest e-learning deal with DeltaNet?  We’ve done a recession busting deal on their Information Governance e-learning pack. 
Containing over 3 hours of e-learning the pack features 4 separate e-learning courses on Information Security Assurance, Data Protection, Freedom of Information and Records Management. 

Prices start at £2,000 for an annual subscription to the generic content for up to 2,500 employees.

See DeltaNet’s Darren Hockley explain further and read more

Bury’s theme
Bury Council has just uploaded its fourth seasonal theme onto its DLE. 

The snowy winter theme is one of four reflecting each season that Bury commissioned Learning Pool to create to enhance the look and feel of the DLE for its learners.  Take a look at Bury’s site.

Ian Liggett said ” We feel that each of our four DLE themes emphasises the anytime, anywhere, advantage of online learning, and we wanted to make the site feel dynamic and alive in the same way that Google’s regular logo changes or the DLE’s RSS feeds feature do.  With online learning environments and authoring, it can be easy to neglect the little touches which make a difference to users.  

We believe that taking the time to create a pleasant, visually stimulating online learning environment for these learners is as important as our provision of suitably heated training rooms with comfortable chairs is to our tutor-led course participants.”

Aachoo!  Want to collaborate?
Devon County Council is looking for information and possibly collaboration to produce e-learning about what to do in the event of a flu pandemic.

The council needs to create a suite of training in readiness for any eventual outbreak.  We’re happy to author a course for Devon and would like to know if anyone wants to collaborate.  

Visit our discussion forum and leave your input.

New Podcasts
This month we have added a new range of podcasts to our existing library.  In addition to Deltanet, watch and hear what some of our customers have to say about Learning Pool or and find out how to create the perfect e-learning course.

Information Governance e-learning by Darren Hockley, DeltaNet

Authoring an e-learning module by Lucy Smethurst, LB Bexley.

Why I like working with Learning Pool by Naureen Wilson, LB Lambeth

Creating an e-learning course by Michelle Gallen, Learning Pool

Picture this
Here at Learning Pool we continue to strive for improvement, this month is no different.  We’ve now added a download option to our online Picture Library.  Just right click on any photo you want, click download and you have instant access to the perfect picture.  It really is that easy!

Why not visit our picture library and take a look at over 1000 carefully selected pictures to freshen up your e-learning?

Latest courses added
Equality Impact Assesments by Bury MBC
Safeguarding Adults – Basic Awareness by Rotherham MBC
Using the Intranet, Internet and getting help by Plymouth Council
Using email and calendar by Plymouth Council
Saving, Finding and Sharing Documents by Plymouth Council

Welcome on board to…
Maldon District Council
Castlepoint District Council
London Borough of Sutton
Wolverhampton Homes

Welcome on board to Worcestershire County Council who’ve just purchased our Safeguarding Adults e-learning.

Dates for your diary

Wed 21st                 Birmingham, Breakfast Meeting

Tue 27th & Wed 28thLeeds, Authoring Tool Workshop

Wed 21st & Thu 22ndLondon, Authoring Tool Workshop

Tue 3rd & Wed 4th  Birmingham, Authoring Tool Workshop

Wed 4th                   Bristol, Breakfast Meeting

Thu 5th                     Birmingham, DLE Workshop

Wed 11th & Thu 12thLondon, Authoring Tool Workshop

Fri 13th                    London, DLE workshop


Tue 3rd & Wed 4th   Bristol, Authoring Tool Workshop

Thu 5th                     Bristol, DLE workshop

Latest blog entries
What is it with women and shoes?
So, did the best team win?
Tempting Fate
Christmas has come early

Mind the gap

And finally … 

What do you call people who are afraid of Santa?

Where do pirates do their Christmas shopping?


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