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The Charity Learning Consortium: eLearning encourages self-directed learning

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ELEANOR MacKenzie explains how eLearning has helped encourage a more self-reliant learning culture at The Church of Scotland.

Learners increasingly want and expect personalised learning experiences, tailored to their precise needs. Whether that’s because they want to become more proficient in their current roles or to help them progress in their careers. Traditional learning approaches don’t easily meet this expectation: they’re too rigid and tend to tackle the subject matter at a ‘macro’, rather than a personal level. 

Offering a wide selection of eLearning gives staff and volunteers the chance to mix and match. They can hone in on just the knowledge they need to acquire, or the micro-skills they want to master. This helps encourage a self-directed learning culture. 

Line managers can also use eLearning as part of their employee development toolkit. Rather than referring all learning-related requests to their L&D team, they can reflect on what individual employees need, and look for suitable eLearning to recommend. This is a great way to empower line managers to take more of a role in employee development.

Case study: Eleanor MacKenzie, Learning and Engagement Officer, The Church of England:

At the Church of Scotland, we’ve made it as easy as possible for our people to create learning experiences that work the best for them. This has gone hand-in-hand with keeping our audience informed about what is available. We look for every available opportunity to include hyperlinks to eLearning in the various communications we send out, personalising the learning offering. 

“We still see the remains of a culture where everyone expected their learning to be face-to-face. So now, when someone goes to book themselves onto a course, they’re also presented with a suite of relevant eLearning and asked to complete those first, before attending the classroom. In some cases, completing eLearning has been sufficient to meet their needs. This has huge benefits for everyone involved and has also encouraged them to look for what else is available. 

“In a similar vein, when we put our annual performance and development review form online, onto the learning management system, we also included links to our eLearning programmes. This actively encourages managers and learners to think about what eLearning modules they could take to address their own development needs. This is backed-up with a course catalogue – with the all-important module durations – so managers can quickly review what’s on offer when discussing learning with their teams.

Eleanor’s eLearning top tip: Make eLearning highly visible in your organisation

Use every tool in your arsenal to remind your learners, and their managers, about what is available. And keep highlighting what is new or topical, so that your messages don’t become stale. 

This short case study is just one of ten included in a white paper from the Charity Learning Consortium: 10 reasons why charities should use eLearning. Whether you’re making the case to start your eLearning journey or are looking to enhance the investment you’ve already made, download the white paper to find out how eLearning delivers results.

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