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The StudyZone: anywhere anytime online learning for the third sector

Friday, March 25th, 2011

KnowHow NonProfit charity has launched the StudyZone which offers a range of low cost online training videos on subjects requested by the site’s users.

“The launch of the StudyZone creates a space where people working in the voluntary sector can take control of their own learning and development. It’s a truly user-led, democratic platform. People can request the training they need and we will user our network of experts and volunteer trainers to deliver on the most pressing topics”  Luke Chaput, Head of Content at KnowHow NonProfit

To celebrate the launch of the StudyZone free access is currently available to the training video “How to write a winning funding bid

The first eight online video sessions are topics requested by those who participated in the initial research:
*   Writing winning funding bids
*   Understanding and assessing impact
*   Essential leadership
*   Digital communications for successful campaigns
*   Make the most of your web
*   The essentials of charity
*   Five steps to building cohesive
*   Preparing project budgets

About KnowHow NonProfit: KnowHow NonProfit has been created to improve the efficiency of non profit organisations by increasing the knowledge and skills of people working in the non-profit sector

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Guest Post: Is social care now ready for the e-learning revolution?

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

Colin Paton

Yes says Colin Paton Senior E-learning Project manager at SCIE who gave a presentation at the Learning Pool London Social Care Briefing last week. The new research from Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) explores E-Readiness in the Social Care Sector and there are some fascinating findings. 

In 2006 SCIE commissioned Ipsos MORI to undertake a research programme with the following objectives:

To establish whether the social care sector in England was ready to maximise the use of e-learning in terms of technical and organisational infrastructure and in terms of the availability of e-learning content for social care

To provide an assessment of the capacity of the social care sector as a whole to  use and produce e-learning, in particular in Internet-based learning, and to  exploit its full potential in pursuit of improved services for users and carers

SCIE and Ipsos MORI ran the e-readiness survey in 2006-7 and again in 2010 that looked at the following areas across the social care sector:

 •              Access to IT

•              Usage of e-learning

•              Attitudes towards e-learning

•              Barriers to uptake of e-learning

•              What is good e-learning

•              Support for e-learning

Both surveys polled social care employers and employees from local authorities, the private sector and the voluntary/charitable sector.

From an e-learning perspective it is heartening to see that usage of e-learning as a training methodology has increased across the board since 2006-7. Attitudes from employers are much more positive towards the potential effectiveness of e-learning. They are much more aware that there is good e-learning available out there and feel more confident in supporting the take up of e-learning within their organization. It is worth noting that in both the 2006-7 and 2010 surveys employees demonstrated that they are much more willing to take e-learning training than their employers may have assumed.  There is, of course, still a lack of access to IT in the workplace (in all but local authorities). The 2010 survey reveals that personal access to IT is much higher and this may offer opportunities for e-learning undertaken at home.

The survey will be carried out again in 2011-12 and one can assume that e-learning usage to continue to increase. Key to this however will be a greater awareness of where to find good e-learning resources, greater support for both employers and employees on how to use e-learning most effectively and to select the best resources and a mature policy on home training.

The full 2010 report can be found at:

Definitely worth looking at the presentations from the Learning Pool Briefing which included Safeguarding Adults in Warwickshire (Carol Judge) From data protection to dementia (Ed Schrager), Social Care in the 21st Century (Lynn Meaden) with a mention of the Richmond Adult Social Care Workforce Strategy

About the author Colin Paton has worked with e-learning inC Latin America and the UK since 1998 and is now Senior E-learning Project manager at SCIE responsible for the development for a range of national e-learning programmes for the social care workforce.

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