October News Splash

gritter lorryWelcome
The gritter lorries have been out already and daylight hours are shorter but this month we bring you a new look News Splash and some interesting up dates from the e-learning world.

In this issue


Training frontline staff on migrant worker issues
Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk has commissioned Learning Pool to create an interactive learning resource that will be used to improve customer service staff awareness of a range of migrant worker issues.
 
Migrant workers form a significant proportion of queries posed to frontline customer service staff across voluntary and public sector agencies in West Norfolk. 
 
Martin Slater, Partnership Delivery Officer for the Local Strategic Partnership, explained: “The learning resource is designed to help those staff provide advice and guidance to migrant workers in a sensitive, respectful and effective way.”

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Don’t cut back on training now
In his speech to business leaders at Imperial College this week Gordon Brown urged that now is not the time to cut back on training in order to deal with the credit crunch. 

He outlined how training and investment in the work force is essential to equip the UK economy for success in the 21st century.

We asked visitors to the Learning Pool website what impact the recession will have on their e-learning.  The results were very definate.

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London Borough of Haringey switches seamlessly to a Learning Pool DLE
“It was a bit of a no-brainer, really!” said Sean Ramdin of London Borough of Haringey’s decision to move from their original LMS provider to a Learning Pool DLE. “Learning Pool’s DLE provides excellent Web 2.0 functionality and superb value for money which is difficult to match in the market place.”

Despite the obvious attractions of the DLE, the decision to move wasn’t straightforward for Haringey as they had over two years worth of learner records that they had amassed with their old LMS.

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Award winning e-learning creator joins Learning Pool
We’re pleased to have Chris Allan join us as a Regional Learning and Development Consultant from November 17th. 

Chris joins us from the multi award winning Kirklees Council where he’s been the face of L&D for a while.  We’ve known Chris for years as an avid supporter of Learning Pool, here he answers some of our questions.
 
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New Technical Trainer joins Learning Pool
It is with great pleasure that we can announce the arrival of Andy Houghton, our first ever Learning Pool Technical Trainer.
 
Andy has over twenty years experience in teaching and training both in the UK and abroad which has given him a thorough understanding of learning and how to design effective learning materials. 
 
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Latest courses added to the Learning Pool catalogue
Writing for the Web
Giving and Receiving feedback by Birmingham County Council
Passport to Procurement
 
Welcome on board to …
Gateshead Council
Essex Partnership

SeedcornLearning Pool shortlisted
We’ve been shortlisted for the All Island Seedcorn Competition 2008. Sixteen companies entered our category and we were one of three companies shortlisted for this prestigious award.
 
Fingers crossed for November!

Creative Showcase
Are you interested in developing e-learning that engages your learners, achieves your corporate objectives and uses the best technology available to make a really great learner experience?
 
If so, Learning Pool’s latest Creative Showcase could be just the thing for you.
 
Why not join us for our practical and hands on e-learning network event that will help you to create fantastic e-learning yourself?  Our interactive and stimulating showcase features industry leaders who know how to create rapid e-learning that works.
 
We’ll provide useful insights into how new technology like podcasting can add value and interactivity to your e-learning.  We’ll give you the chance to get hands on with our new authoring tool, currently used by hundreds of local authorities to develop interactive e-learning.

Join us at our London Creative Showcase on 
Tuesday 25th November
0930 to 1600
HMS President
London
 
Free procurement e-learning
We’ve developed an e-learning course on public sector procurement training for budget holders and non-procurement specialists.

All learners with a .gov.uk email address in England and Wales get FREE access until May 09.
 
Visit www.passport2procurement.com

Dates for your diary

November
Tues 4th/5th, ID workshop, London
Wed 5th, Breakfast Meeting, Cardiff
Tues 11th/12th, ID workshop, Cambridge
Tues 18th/19th, ID workshop, Newcastle
Mon 24th, Varney Conference, London
Tues 25th, Creative Showcase, London
 
December
Mon 1st, Public Sector Skills Conference, London
Tues 2nd/3rd, ID workshop, London

Annual Conference
Wednesday 20th May 2009

Book your place now at our Annual Conference showcasing the latest in rapid e-learning, serious gaming technology and collaborative authoring.

And finally
“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.”
 Sir Richard Steele

“The end of an argument or discussion should be, not victory, but enlightenment.”
 Joseph Joubert

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