November News Splash

egg-timerWelcome 
 
In just a few short weeks Christmas will be upon us – a scary thought if you’ve got deadlines to meet and targets to achieve before the end of the calendar year (not to mention presents to buy!).
 
Good luck!

In this issue:

• Will job cuts undermine services?
• Information Governance e-learning offer
• Share your e-learning and win a DS Lite
• LP’s Customer Service team is on call

Will job cuts undermine services?
With the recession tightening and news headlines delivering more talk of the worsening downturn in the economy every day the spectre of job cuts in the public sector has raised its head again this month. 

We asked visitors to the Learning Pool website to vote on whether such council job cuts can be made without undermining services and the results were very interesting.  
 
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Information Governance e-learning offer
We’ve teamed up with DeltaNet International to bring you 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.
 
DeltaNet International is no stranger to the public sector and boasts South Yorkshire Police, Sandwell MBC and Sandwell Homes, Kirklees Council and Rhondda Cynon Taf amongst its customers.
 
Prices start at £2,000 for an annual subscription to the generic content for up to 2,500 employees.
 
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Share your e-learning and win a DS Lite
When asked what it is about Learning Pool that’s most useful many people say it is the ability to re-purpose an existing course created by another public sector organisation. 
 
We love it too, especially when we see the myriad of different subjects that are covered. 
 
To encourage those of you who may be a little shy or like to hide your light under a bushel we’re launching a competition to find the best course shared back to the Learning Pool catalogue between now and Friday 23rd January 2009 (5.30pm sharp!).
 
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LP’s Customer Service team is on call
Find out more about Ben, Aine and Maeve – the full Customer Support team – and how the operation has grown since those early days of 2 years ago.
 
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Latest courses added
• Recruitment and Selection by Blaenau Gwent
• Performance Coaching Scheme by Blaenau Gwent
• 360 Performance Coaching guide by Blaenau Gwent
• Dignity at Work by Carmarthenshire

Welcome on board to…
• Lichfield Council
• Stratford on Avon District Council
• Norwich City Council
• Tendring District Council
• Scarborough Borough Council

Dates for your diary
January 2009
Wed 21st   Birmingham, Breakfast Meeting
Tue 27th & Wed 28th  Kirklees, Authoring Tool Workshop
Wed 21st & Thu 22nd  London, Authoring Tool Workshop

February
Tue 3rd & Wed 4th   Birmingham, Authoring Tool Workshop
Wed 4th    Bristol, Breakfast Meeting
Thu 5th    Birmingham, DLE Workshop
Wed 11th & Thu 12th  London, Authoring Tool Workshop
Fri 13th    London, DLE workshop

March
Tue 3rd & Wed 4th  Bristol, Authoring Tool Workshop
Thu 5th   Bristol, DLE workshop

Latest blog entries
• Making an impact in SW England
• How to be an informed SCORM buyer
• Web 2.0 for life, not just an election campaign
• Interesting things to do with balloons
• And the winner is …

Fancy breakfast with us?
Our Breakfast Meetings give you the chance to see and hear what your neighbours are doing with e-learning, and hear how to create efficiency savings using e-learning.  You’re encouraged to share your own thoughts and ideas.

One of the other aims of the meeting is to identify opportunities for collaborative work among the group around e-learning and see how Learning Pool can facilitate that.

Our next breakfast meeting is in Birmingham on Wednesday 21st January 2009.  For more detailsand to reserve your place visit the Events page on our website.

And finally …
“Belief gets in the way of learning.”
Robert Heinlein

“Betrayal is about learning not to idealise external sources.”
Linda Talley

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