“With the wide range of off-the-shelf courses we have from the Charity Learning Consortium, we’re in a great position to respond to a wide variety of urgent training needs.” Louisa Antoine, SSAFA
Organisations of all types move at a rapid pace, in response to changing conditions as well as the needs of their customers and supporters. Never has this been more true for charitable organisations.
Increasingly, the lifespan of these needs can be quite short. Traditional methods of creating training solutions – of scoping, designing, developing and deploying learning – just take too long. It’s not uncommon to find that training is delivered when the need has just about passed, or that resources keep needing to be tweaked due to constantly changing circumstances.
Having a broad range of eLearning increases your chances of being able to respond quickly to any urgent organisational need, such as meeting the requirements of legislation like GDPR and the Charities Act. If required, you can quickly create additional supporting resources to fine-tune eLearning, but you won’t lose valuable time creating content from scratch.
If you have access to a rapid eLearning development tool, you’re in a good position to be able to quickly develop content in-house, at almost no cost. And if you have access to webinar or virtual classroom software, you could also work with your subject matter experts to create timely, live online learning.
Find out more about using webinars for learning at clc.link/webinars
Case study: Louisa Antoine, eLearning Business Partner, SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity
With the wide range of off-the-shelf courses we have from the Charity Learning Consortium, we’re in a great position to respond to a wide variety of urgent training needs.
The beauty of eLearning SCORM packages [the common format that eLearning courses are built to] means that if you don’t have something available, you can quickly go out and find it – often in just a few hours.
For example, we needed something quite specific that wasn’t in the existing content we had. With two hours of research, I’d found a possible solution and had access to a demo, which I shared with our internal subject matter expert. Within six hours overall, we’d decided that was the right course for us and had it ready to launch.
We’ve also been able to quickly contact other charities in the Consortium, and have been able to use the content they’ve created for themselves. Charities are great at supporting one another. Being able to do this is really important for us, as there are some charity specific eLearning topics that are hard to find otherwise.
Find out how SSAFA used eLearning to meet looming GDPR training deadlines at clc.link/SSAFA
Louisa’s eLearning top tip: Make sure you speak to other charities that use eLearning
Why reinvent the wheel? Make sure you speak to other charities that use eLearning, so that you have a network that you can tap into when you have an urgent learning requirement. We all have common challenges and using existing content is a fast way to deliver the learning you need. The community at the Charity Learning Consortium has been invaluable in helping us make these connections, so we can share best practice as well as resources.