We live in a world where the need, and the demand, for lifelong learning and continuous professional development are ever increasing. With the training and learning needs of organisations threatening to outstrip budgets, and nurses requiring greater flexibility in their working conditions, e-learning can offer sensible, workable solutions to a range of key needs for learners and organisations alike.
Nurse Learning have a deep and broad experience of developing online learning for a range of different learners and contexts. If you are nurse looking for good online educational material, then Nurse Learning aims to develop free, online resources to support you. Alternatively, you may be an organisation looking for smart high quality solutions to a number of training and learning challenges. For example, you may be looking for an introductory set of interactive, online training materials which learners can engage with at their own pace, in order to increase their understanding of an issue or process. Or you may wish your learners to participate in online, collaborative discussion to share and enrich their professional knowledge. Whatever is the case, Nurse Learning can guide you towards the effective implementation of a range of different forms of e-learning.
e-learning is not about automating learning, or being 'taught' by the computer. Like all good education, good quality e-learning provides learners with some or all of the following:
- the opportunity to learn about a particular topic in a variety of ways using a variety of media;
- the opportunity to test their knowledge;
- the opportunity to receive feedback upon their understanding;
- the opportunity to ask questions of experts;
- the opportunity to share and develop their understanding with other learners;
- the opportunity to engage in rich discussion and collaboration with their peers.
e-learning allows organisations to offer cost-effective training to a local, national or global community. e-learning allows individuals to participate in learning flexibly, at times and from places of their choosing.
Try to calculate how much it costs organisations to bring together ten participants for a one day training session (including the cost of the trainer, travel, accommodation and catering costs and the opportunity cost of losing ten days' staff time). e-learning can overcome many of these barriers to learning, for learners and organisations alike.
Are there any disadvantages to e-learning?
The barriers to successful online training and learning are more cultural than anything else. e-learning requires detailed planning and management, perhaps more so than a face-to-face training day. For many participants and trainers, it represents a new way of learning and delivering learning, and this can cause problems if it is not tackled in the development of the course and its structure.
Nurse Learning aims to make learning accessible and pleasurable on the Internet, by ensuring that the learner is able to concentrate on learning rather than technology. For organisations, Nurse Learning will provide a complete service when developing e-learning solutions, taking the partner from initial course plans, through course development and online publishing, recruitment and induction, to delivery and evaluation. We will always be realistic when developing online training solutions for organisations by emphasising that implementing online learning may involve some radical cultural change. However, we exist to help make those changes happen.