Gloucestershire County Council has commissioned e-learning Programmes for Adult Social Care and Support Services within Gloucestershire. E-learning provides modern, flexible and easily accessible learning; it allows anyone in Gloucestershire e.g. paid staff, unpaid carers and people who access social care services, to gain upto- date knowledge on a range of topics.
E-learning can give you the freedom to learn when and where you want and at your own pace. You can study a wide range of subjects which can be used as part of a blended approach with other learning methods.
Benefits of e-learning include:
• Up to date online resources;
• Learning can fit around personal commitments and professional work;
• Can be useful if you have mobility or health problems that make travel to, or attendance at, training sessions difficult;
• Can be useful for staff who work irregular hours.
Who can access?
These programmes can be used free of charge by anyone in Gloucestershire and may be useful for carers, volunteers and the wider community – in fact, anyone who works with, or comes into contact with, adults with care and support needs.
Kwango E-learning Programmes
A user name and password are required for any of the Kwango E-learning programmes
To access email: firstname.lastname@example.org for a copy of our e-learning brochure and details of the user name and password.
Courses available from Kwango: Kwango CoursesOpens new window
The following programmes are available through Kwango:
- Safeguarding Adults at Risk
- Safeguarding Leadership
- Safeguarding Children
- Direct payments
- Mental Capacity Act
- Personal Assistant Induction
- Self Directed Support
- Stroke awareness
- Better Health/Better Lives (Learning Disabilities)
- Person Centred Thinking
- Understanding Autism
- Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards
Social Care Information & Learning Services (Scils)
For the password for Social Care Information and Learning Services (SCILs) please email: email@example.com
Individual Learning Sessions - a wide range of learning sessions (up to on and a half hours in length) covering a wide of topics for individual staff at all levels in the organisation. Two versions of each session are available - one designed to support learning on-line and one plain version that is easy to print out and copy.
Group Learning Sessions - Training sessions designed for managers or those with training responsibilities to download and run with their staff. Most provide an hour-long training session, others are to design to last for up to half a day. All come with handouts ready for copying, guidance about running the session and clear learning objectives.
Newsdesk - Twice weekly key issues are identified relating to changes and developments in policy, legislation and other key social documents and email the new information directly to subscribers. The website provides a summary of the information and a link into the main document/website.
E-Learning top Tips
How to use e learning
- As an individual learning tool
- A team development tool
- Facilitated standardised group learning
- As part of a blended learning approach
- A motivator for further learning
- To update a permanent resource
Top Tips for making e-learning work (for learners)
- With your supervisor or line manager, identify what it is that you need to learn about, and how the e-learning programme will help you do this;
- If you are not comfortable using a computer, ask if you can work with someone else who is confident of their computer skills;
- Set aside some time to complete the programme.Most programmes are completed within 60 – 90 minutes;
- If you are going to undertake the e-learning programme where other people are working, you might want to think about using headphones to block out distractions;
- Take time to follow the on-line instructions;
- If you want to, you can make notes as you go along;
Top tips for making e learning work (for managers)
- Always consider available e learning alongside other training and development opportunities as part of a blended learning pathway
- Link to supervision - ask to see e learning certificates to assess knowledge and understanding/performance management
- Use e learning for team development/team learning
Top tips for making e learning work (for training providers)
- Include e-learning information in all your training literature (course flyers, registration and evaluation forms)
- Show e-learning clips on training courses
- Encourage course members to complete e-learning prior to attending training programme, where appropriate, in order to improve understanding prior to training, equalise knowledge base and thus use training time more effectively
- Structure training sessions around e-learning programme, pausing it for group discussion, interactive case studies / Q&A
- Encourage course participants to use e-learning as a refresher