Engage in Learning Managing Director, Chris Horseman, took a seat at this year's eLearning Network (eLN) Big Debate panel, where leading authorities from the world of digital learning debate the answers to your questions on a range of important topics. This year saw the panel of eLearning experts thrashing out the benefits of generic, bespoke or DIY eLearning content. Ever pragmatic and no stranger to putting his expertise to good practice, Chris was very sure of his response.
International Data Protection Day is marked on the 28th January each year on the anniversary of the Council of Europe Convention 108 for the protection of individuals with regard to automatic processing of personal data. The opening of this treaty took place in Strasbourg on the 28th January 1981 and, in a nutshell, was the first binding international instrument which protects individuals through the collection and processing of personal data and which seeks to regulate the transfrontier flow of personal data. Obviously!
Blind Veterans UK believes that no one who has served our country should have to battle blindness alone. They support anyone who has served in the Armed Forces, or who has done National Service, and is now living with significant sight loss. The charity has offered physical and emotional support to vision-impaired ex-Service men and women since 1915. Because employees are spread around the country, getting them together for face-to-face training was difficult and training had been ad-hoc over the years, their challenge was to implement an eLearning training strategy that ensured consistency and effective, measurable progress...
...adding to the growing list of accolades which demonstrate that we are a strong choice in the eLearning industry.
We are very proud to announce that Engage in Learning has been shortlisted for this year’s Learning Technologies Awards 2017 in three categories! The winners will be revealed at the spectacular gala evening on 29th November at the Park Plaza, Westminster Bridge Hotel in London.
In addition to the bank of very positive testimonials, gold awards and countless silvers already sitting in our trophy cabinet, Engage in Learning has now been shortlisted for the following competitive awards...
...opening the doors for brain-optimisation in online training
Listeners of podcasts and audiobooks have been known to use digital devices that can accelerate the speed of narration without increasing the pitch. In fact, busy listeners are speeding up podcasts and claiming full comprehension at speeds of up to five times normal. This technology is exactly what developers at Engage in Learning have now introduced into their eLearning training courses.
It's August (unless you're reading this in any other month of the year, in which case, "It was August!") which means that many educational institutions will now be thinking ahead to September and preparing themselves for the intake of new pupils or welcoming back existing ones. Along with stocking up on pillows to scream into, a part of the yearly preparations will be the safeguarding children training for the school's new and returning staff. As a parent of four boys myself (yep, four boys...it's why I spend so much time at work), I am beyond relieved that schools ensure staff training on safeguarding and child protection policies. But I was under the impression that they currently only need to do this every two years and that it isn't a requirement to cover online safety. My inquisitive switch clicked... Well, the Department for Education's inquisitive switch clicked too in 2015 and consulted on proposed changes to its statutory guidance, including ensuring that training is an annual requirement and that online safety is taught. So what happened?
Topics: safeguarding children
I was having a little chat with someone the other day about the recent pay-gap storm that erupted following a certain British broadcasting company revealing the salaries of it's high-profile presenters. Initially, the immediate backlash I recall seeing on the morning news amused me. As I sipped my early morning cup of Joe, I instinctively chuckled - "Haha, busted!". But then I realised that this isn't funny. There appears to be a significant pay gap between male and female staff, and a further division in the ethnicity of its best paid presenters. Suddenly, I wasn't so amused. If this is accurate, then we need to seriously have a little think about the equality and diversity issues that it draws attention to and about the legal obligations that companies in the UK have...
When you’re at home or at work, onshore or offshore, washing your hands, taking a shower after a lunch time session at the gym or just doing the coffee rounds (I don’t do coffee rounds, although I do moan if my workmates leave me out!), I’d risk a guess that most people don’t give a second thought to the quality of the water they’re using. I assume that most people take it for granted that the water they are using is safe. Well, I don’t want to worry you, but I do want to raise your awareness about a little something called Legionella, which is far more common than you might think...
Research frequently shows that offering the opportunity for access to training and upskill courses within a company can improve productivity and motivation amongst employees, and it's affordable too - yipee! In fact, research recently released from Groupon reveals that businesses are actively upskilling staff at an impressive rate, with nearly a third of employees in the UK taking measures to upskill through extra training and qualifications in the past five years. Wondering why? Well, more flexible working patterns and an increase in the availability of versatile online training courses means that UK employers and employees alike are seeing now as a perfect time to learn new skills, with a focus on workplace eLearning.
It seems that one of the most overlooked health and safety compliance regulations that slip through the gaping net of business negligence concerns the use of display screen equipment. In fact, in 2014 research was carried out by Specsavers Corporate Eyecare which found that a staggering 73% of businesses in the UK failed to comply with regulations and less than half of all employers (47%) even felt that they fully understand the regulations. *GASP!* The study was carried out among 138 company directors with HR or Health and Safety remits, representing a total of between 185,083 and 349,802 employees. The implications of how many employees that translates to who are at risk in the UK at any one time is gobsmacking!