Free books to help develop key L&D skills

The Charity Learning Consortium has created a growing range of little books, filled with top tips, hints, exercises, case studies and action points to support good practice in learning and development.


A wide range of subject matter specialists have distilled their wisdom, to help the Charity Learning Consortium create a growing library of little books. These books may be small, but they sure are mighty! They’re crammed with top tips, hints, exercises, case studies and action points to support good practice in learning and development. Available as printed books exclusively for members of the Consortium, they’re also available as free eBooks for anyone to download

The current list of titles includes:

The little book of Induction
Packed with examples of how charities are approaching induction, Gill Chester encourages you to think differently, and focus on your peoples’ needs first. Includes some fantastic examples at charities like World Vision UK.

The little book of Webinars
A great little book – not just for L&D practitioners, but for anyone who hosts and leads webinars. Author Martin Couzins focuses on the five key skills you need to facilitate webinars and shares his tips for success. Includes examples, tips and hints from learning practitioners at The Orders of St John Care Trust, National Autistic Society and Leeds University Union.

The little book of Virtual Classrooms
A handy guide to help you get started and perfect running virtual classrooms. Gaëlle Delmas-Watson covers all bases, from choosing a platform to the toolkit that you need. Includes a checklist and troubleshooting.Gives a great example of the RSPB, where using virtual classrooms plays a big part in the overall training approach.


The little book of In-House Coaching
Jo Wright explains the key steps to take to create, launch and sustain an in-house coaching programme. Puts the spotlight on great coaching programmes at Scope, Diabetes UK and Sport England. 

 The little book of Learning Strategy
The result of a collaboration between Harri Candy, Susie Finch, Laura Overton and Sukh Pabial, this book sets out a four-step approach to help you create a learning strategy in manageable chunks. Charities like Shelter and St Monica Trust feature.

The little book of Performance Consulting
Experienced learning practitioner Andrew Jacobs explains why and how you can move from being a training provider to a problem solver. Packed with exercises to make you stop and think about your everyday working practices. Features examples of work being done at Royal Voluntary Service and Shelter to make the shift from transactional training.

The little book of Video Learning
Niki Hobson has distilled her experience and wisdom into this practical guide, to support video learning success. Includes compelling evidence of the money saved by using video learning effectively at the British Pregnancy Advisory Service.

The little book of Blended Learning
Harri Candy explains the key things to think about before, during and after creating and launching blended learning. includes a focus on RSPCA, where a successful blended programme keeps staff current. 

The little book of Digital Learning
Author Andy Lancaster gives a great overview of learning technologies, and some vital things to consider when using them. Includes mini case studies with St John Ambulance and The Prince’s Trust. 

Martin Baker, founder and CEO of the Charity Learning Consortium commented: 

“These little books are the result of a wonderful collaborative effort. I’m incredibly grateful to all the specialists that have authored books, as well as members who have shared their stories, tips and hints. Their collective wisdom and advice has been distilled to create a growing range of fantastic little books. They may be small, but they contain a huge amount of knowledge and expertise to help drive L&D success.” 


About the Charity Learning Consortium

The Charity Learning Consortium (CLC) is a one-stop shop dedicated to providing affordable and effective learning solutions for charitable organisations. Membership includes a suite of elearning, charity-specific video content, a learning management system and access to a vibrant community for members to connect and share best practice. Members also get a whole host of other goodies as part of an annual subscription.

Hundreds of charitable organisations benefit from collaborating with the Consortium. Bringing them together enables the Consortium to offer cost-effective, quality eLearning to more than a million people across the UK. Its collaborative approach paves the way for learning and development success, with ongoing support, fantastic networking opportunities, relevant work

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Top tips for delivering great virtual learning

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Ten tips for modern learning practitioners

Have you resolved to be even more effective as a learning practitioner, but are not sure where to start? Gary Cookson has some top tips to help practitioners focus on what’s essential in the modern, hectic world.

Storytelling tips to create great eLearning

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The evolution of online learning at ENABLE Scotland

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