In the last few years, eLearning has really taken off, giving people the freedom and flexibility to learn when and where they want and at their own pace.
Recognising the importance this learning opportunity is to many, we have included some links to websites hosting eLearning opportunities that may be of interest to you and your organisation.
This e-course is primarily designed for voluntary organisations and funders working or based in Scotland who are considering employing an external evaluation consultant.
The course is designed to help you consider your options and to gain greater understanding of the process required to commission and work with an external consultant, including considering challenges and benefits.
Further information and registration is available on the Evaluation Support Scotland website.
Getting it Right for Every Child is the foundation for work with all children and young people, including adult services where parents are involved. It builds on universal health and education services, and is embedded in the developing early years and youth frameworks. Developments in the universal services of health and education, such as Better Health Better Care and Curriculum for Excellence, are identifying what needs to be done in those particular areas to improve outcomes for children.
GIRFEC is a national approach to supporting and working with all children and young people in Scotland.
This site provides training, guidance and information for professionals working with GIRIF.
The modules of the new PVG Scheme eLearning package, to help stakeholders have a better understanding of the Scheme, are available on Disclosure Scotland's Website. These eLearning materials are again structured under the same 9 chapter headings as the Guidance Document and Overview Presentation for consistency and ease of use. The eLearning package is designed to lead people through to the parts of the PVG Scheme that they feel are most relevant to them, enabling them to take as much, or as little, information as they need for their own situation. There will be relevant information within each chapter, followed by a set of questions to test the user's understanding of the content of that section.
The Scottish Human Rights Commission has developed training and awareness raising resources relating to the care and support of older people.
This project aims to empower people to understand their human rights, and increase the ability and accountability of those who have the duties to respect, protect and fulfil rights.
In Scotland the population is ageing - there will be choices about how resources are spent by different public authorities, and in the services offered by public, private and voluntary groups. The Commission would like to see a commitment to human rights becoming central in everyday practice and policy in the care and support of older people.
Who is Care about Rights for?
The training materials are a useful resource for older people, carers, care workers, managers, Care Commission Officers, policy makers and commissioners of care.
Care about Rights explains the benefits of applying human rights principles to everyday situations. The training is designed to increase awareness and knowledge of human rights issues, and give practical advice about how to apply human rights principles in the delivery of care.
The interactive resources help to increase understanding and awareness about:
This ecourse 'Winning the Contract' is designed to help businesses improve their knowledge of public sector procurement and was developed on behalf of BERR and Business Link. It provides an introduction to the public sector and the different types of contract, offering practical advice to help you identify new business opportunities.
Who is the course for?
This course is for people with responsibility for developing their business, such as business owners, managers and business development managers. It is aimed at growing businesses in all sectors.
Winning the Contract will be useful to businesses who want to access public sector contracts, but are confused by the processes involved.
No prior knowledge or experience is needed and there are no formal entry requirements. Learndirect Business is offering Winning the Contract free of charge. To get access to this course, you just need to register. Details on how to register/access the course:
Fife Domestic and Sexual Abuse Partnership has developed an e-learning module to raise awareness and understanding of gender based violence. This is an issue that is widespread in our society and you will encounter people who have experienced abuse in both your professional and personal life.
Last year in Fife there were:
This module discusses domestic abuse, sexual violence, childhood sexual abuse, harmful traditional practices, stalking and harassment and commercial sexual exploitation.
These issues cut across all boundaries of age, class, religion, ethnicity, ability and sexuality. The physical and psychological consequences of abuse can be profound, long term and damaging. This e-learning course will raise your awareness of abuse and look at how you within your professional role you can offer support, including signposting to specialist agencies.
The benefits of completing this e-learning module are you will:
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Digital Fife is part of Fife Council's Community Learning and Development and is committed to raising awareness and skill levels to help people and communities make the most of digital technology.
Digital Fife has a wide range of online learning modules for community groups. There are also modules for individuals on computing and getting the most out of the internet. Click "Online learning" to try a module out, register and get some free learning with a certificate at the end.
There are modules on:
Nowadays it is rare to find a printed manual included with software. Instead, most software companies provide online support, documentation and training via their websites. Adobe and Microsoft both have highly developed "community" sites for their products, including video tutorials, workable exercises, templates, clip art and more.
Microsoft provide a large amount of training/support on its website for Office versions 2003, 2007 and 2010. All of the applications within the Office Suites are covered. It is a mix of video, audio and text presentations. There is a lot of useful information available - but you may have to browse through the lists to find what would be most helpful to you.
There are many videos for Office 2010 - if you have an earlier version of Office you can use the search option to check for videos but there are fewer available for the older versions.
The Adobe Community website has many options for training and support, including links to external (paid) sites where you can access training.
There is also the Adobe TV section where you can watch free training videos for all of the Adobe products: InDesign; Dreamweaver; Photoshop; Acrobat 9 Pro; Photoshop Elements; Illustrator etc.
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Lynda.com offers a large range of online courses on a variety of IT related topics including: MS Office; Desktop Publishing; Photoshop and photo editing; Web design; Dreamweaver; Graphics Design; Video editing etc.
The courses are not free - you can sign up for a months full access to ALL of their training courses for approx £16 or take out a year's subscription for £160. Multi-user accounts can also be purchased. Every course has a number of chapters/videos that you can view for free and you can pick up valuable information from the free videos themselves, eg. the free videos for Office 2007 cover how to use the Ribbon Bar and navigation systems.
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The courses can also be purchased on CD/DVD.
Tip: it is worth doing a google search for "lynda.com free pass" as there are often free 24 hour passes to be had!
Another major supplier of online IT training, VTC has more than 90,000 video tutorials on Office Applications, Web Design, Project Management, Networking and Security, Databases and much more.
Training is not free but the first three chapters of each course is free to view and will give you an indication of the depth/usefulness/quality of the training materials - in many cases you may find much of the information that you need is covered by the free chapters!
The VTC Online University gives unlimited access to over 98,729 tutorial videos (more than 909 courses) in the library. You are billed according to your renewal selection - monthly £18.50, three months £55.53, six month £111, or yearly £154. For monthly subscription you will be billed every 30 days until you cancel. The terms of service state that you must cancel a monthly subscription at least two business days before your renewal date. These two days give enough time to ensure that you will not be charged again.
The figures mentioned above are for individuals but it is possible to purchase multi-user accounts. The courses can also be purchased on CD/DVD