Here is the first of our guest posts from #blueLightCamp Sponsors and, first up, it’s Learning Pool:
Learning Pool is pleased to be sponsoring the inaugural BlueLightCamp unconference2012.
We wanted to show our support for the event given it’s aimed at people working in and around Blue Light Emergency Services; a sector whose work we much admire and one where we feel there is scope for online technologies to be utilised, particularly in terms of staff training.
Learning Pool is the only online learning community dedicated exclusively to the public sector and e-learning and the flexibility it offers for rolling out training is something of particular benefit to emergency services.
Alongside the cost advantages, there are many more specific benefits offered by e-learning to train members this sector, such as:
- The 24hour nature of emergency services means that workers may find it difficult to complete traditional face to face training during normal office hours. With e-learning, training is available at anytime and in anyplace as long as there is an internet connection.
- Good e-learning incorporates role-playing and asks questions of the learner a more interactive and engaging way to train people working in emergency services where circumstances and the ability to assess a situation are of vital importance.
- The use of media such as images, videos and audio can bring to life the real situations Blue Light Emergency Services workers have to deal with.
- Using authoring software such as Learning Pool’s authoring tool, training can be up-dated and new on demand training rolled out, without significant strain on time or resources.
- Training can be revisited as and when needed or as legislation changes.
Learning Pool’s online learning community promotes collaborative learning and sharing of resources throughout the public sector which ties in with the unconference format of BlueLightCamp in which people are encouraged to share their own experiences and there is a strong focus on attendee participation. Our e-learning catalogue is made-up of over 250 modules created by Learning Pool and members of our community and includes topics like, Health & Safety, Safeguarding Adults & Children, Flexible Working, Equality & Diversity and Social Media.
We’re keen to hear the thoughts of BlueLightCamp attendees on the use of open source software in the emergency services sector. Learning Pool’s DLE and Totara services are based on Moodle, the leading open source learning platform. We love open source because it’s low cost, user-friendly and future-proof. You can find out more about the use of open source in the public sector by visiting the Learning Pool blog.
If you’re at the event, ensure you say hello to Learning Pool’s Mary McKenna and Eddie Ryce.