Springboard helps 1,000 women employees of Rolls-Royce plc

Some 1,000 women employed by Rolls-Royce plc, have completed the Springboard Women’s Development programme.

 

Rolls-Royce plc, a global company providing highly-efficient integrated power and propulsion solutions and one of the world’s most famous brands, began implementing the Springboard programmes in 1997.

 

In the late 1990s, there was no mechanism in Rolls-Royce for single gender learning and development programmes for women but a group of female managers – together with some male advocates – had a vision to change things. Among this group was Eleanor Radbourne, who’s currently the company’s Head of Global Talent Management & Diversity and Inclusion.

 

“The Springboard programme is a good fit for Rolls-Royce,” said Eleanor. “It was originally pitched at non-management women whose careers had stalled and women who wanted development opportunities. The ability to run the programmes with up to 30 women means that large numbers of women have access to good quality development in a highly cost-effective way.

 

“The Springboard networking approach, in a confidential uplifting environment, means that Rolls-Royce’s women employees benefit from the experiences of other women and, in particular, the guest speakers,” she added.

 

Developed by The Springboard Consultancy, a UK-based international training company specialising in addressing women’s development issues, the Springboard Women’s Development programme enables women to identify the clear, practical and realistic steps that they want to take to make a better world for themselves at work and home, while building the practical skills and confidence to take these steps. The programme is delivered – currently in 45 countries – over a three month period, through an extensive network of licensed local trainers and, so far, has been used by over 240,000 women around the world.

 

“Women from any of the company’s sites can attend and there are no restrictions or qualifying criteria other than self-nomination – and support from line management,” said Jan Morris, of Ruby Tuesday Training, an experienced freelance – and licensed Springboard – trainer who has delivered over 40 Springboard programmes for Rolls-Royce plc since 1997. “Rolls-Royce works around the world, so we’ve had women attend Springboard programmes from countries including France, Portugal and Canada.

 

“There’s now a great deal of diversity represented among Springboard participants – in terms of jobs performed, areas of the company represented, staff grades, nationalities and ethnicity,” continued Jan. “Today’s ‘Springboarders’ accept accountability, take control of their career progression and are much more empowered. They believe that they can influence change.”

 

To find out more about Rolls-Royce and its ‘Springboard experience’, visit the Springboard Consultancy website: http://www.springboardconsultancy.com/training-case-studies/rolls-royce/

Delegates on a recent Springboard programme, held at Rolls-Royce in Bristol.

eXact learning solutions reveals new content model skins

The global learning company, eXact learning solutions, has recently updated the ‘HM’ content model associated with its learning content management system (LCMS).

 

Now in its third version, the content model – known as ‘HM’ – is intended to help users create engaging learning materials which are delivered online.

 

Fabrizio Giorgini, eXact learning solutions’ R&D Manager, said, “HM3.0 lets users choose and personalize each learning package’s ‘skin’. Indeed, we’ve introduced two new skins in addition to the standard – ‘classic’ – skin.

 

“There’s a business skin, for use with content that targets a corporate audience,” he added. “It includes all the tools present in eXact’s classic skin, including navigation, resources, glossary, help section and print.

 

“There’s also a ‘kids’ skin, which is appropriate for those – notably in the education sector – who create content for pupils and younger students. The skin incorporates commands in a control panel and can be used by learners ranging from toddlers to adults, scaling according to awareness and skills.”

 

Fabrizio Giorgini, of eXact learning solutions.

 

In addition, HM3.0’s grid and panel allow users – with one click of a mouse – to modify the colours and any logo displayed on screen. HM operates seamlessly with the other products in eXact learning solutions’ suite – notably the eXact learning Packager authoring tool and its online counterpart, Online Editor.

 

To help explain this technology – along with other aspects of authoring on the eXact learning solutions’ platform – to users and potential users, the Italy-based eXact learning solutions is staging a webinar on 27th July. The webinar is another in the company’s summer series, called ‘eXactly on Wednesdays’.

 

Federico Dondero, of eXact learning solutions, said: “While the focus of the session is on HM 3.0, the webinar – eXactly on Wednesdays: HM 3.0 – will also explain some of the contemporary features of eXact learning solutions’ authoring tools and LCMS.”

 

Federico Dondero, of eXact learning solutions.

 

Those wanting to know more about HM3.0 can attend the webinar, being held on Wednesday 27th July at 17.00 to 17.45 CET (16.00 – 16.45 BST, 11.00 – 11.45 EDT and 08.00 – 08.45 PDT). To register for this event, visit: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1943464143618412801

The Sepsis Trust can save more lives with help from Create eLearning

Create eLearning’s mobile-friendly e-learning portal is helping The UK Sepsis Trust to achieve its aim of saving at least 13,500 lives every year in the UK.

 

The UK Sepsis Trust (UKST) is committed to changing the way the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) deals with sepsis, as well as increasing public awareness and supporting those affected by sepsis.

 

Georgina McNamara, the UKST’s Executive Lead Nurse for Education and one of the Trust’s founders, conducts in-house training sessions on recognising the signs and symptoms of sepsis, principally for groups of health professionals. She explained, “The problem that I and my UKST colleagues face is that an increasing number of people want you to tell them about sepsis and how to combat it effectively – but we all have full-time jobs in the health service. So, to meet this growing need, we realised that we needed to produce e-learning materials that deal with sepsis and the issues that it raises.”

 

Knowing that e-learning materials need a platform – or a learning management system (LMS) – to contain, distribute and manage them, as well as monitor their usage, Georgina chose the Create eLearning mobile-friendly e-learning portal that allows users to build, host, deliver and track e-learning, as well as unite all their online training and coaching. Create eLearning’s LMS can be accessed in the Cloud, offline and off-grid – and it’s SCORM compliant.

 

“While it’s taken us a while to produce the e-learning materials themselves, Carol-Ann Stevenson and her team at Create eLearning have always been extremely supportive and helpful,” said Georgina. “They’ve done everything we’ve asked of them – often going above and beyond the requirements of our contract.”

 

Currently, there is a ‘major’ e-learning programme on sepsis available for health professionals, and a series of short modules for both the public and health professionals, known as ‘Sepsis Savvy’. These Sepsis Savvy modules were launched to an audience including members of both Houses of the UK Parliament, in April 2016, at an event in Portcullis House, in London.

 

Many centres throughout the world have now adopted the Sepsis Six, which has been associated with decreased mortality, decreased length of stay in hospital, and fewer intensive care bed days.

 

Georgina revealed that the UKST plans to produce e-learning materials covering all medical aspects of sepsis – as it affects gynaecology, obstetrics, paediatrics, emergency medicine, critical care, community care, pre-hospital care, walk-in clinics, paramedics and general practitioners.

 

Georgina continued, “At the moment we have capacity to cater for 500 users on the Create eLearning platform – and these places are being rapidly taken up. Of course, these are very early days and, given the increasing demand for UKST’s services, especially from healthcare professionals around the country, we’ve already put in place options to grow that capacity in increments of 500 users.

 

“We expect the demand for our online learning materials to grow – for example, from nurses who need to revalidate, who will therefore need to update their competency in such issues as sepsis. Ultimately we’d like to see recognition of sepsis become part of mandatory training for all health professionals.

 

“Moreover, by making these learning materials available online – via any delivery device – it means that they can be accessed at any time of the day or night. This should help health professionals who may have time to study at any time during their shifts.”

 

To read the Sepsis Trust’s story, visit the Create eLearning website.

Badging and transitioning from e-Reading to e-Everything – a look into the future of e-learning

Bryan Eldridge, Senior Business Consultant with the global learning company, eXact learning solutions, is speaking at EDULEARN16, in Spain, in July.

 

Looking critically into the future of e-learning, the titles of Bryan’s two sessions are: ‘E-learning 2.0: is your organization ready to transition from e-Reading to e-Everything?’ and ‘lessons learned for creating an organizational digital badging strategy’.

 

Bryan advocates that organizations develop a Model of Instruction (MOI) – the conceptual representation, via templates and activities, of an instructional strategy intended to effectively support a given learning outcome or competency within a specific context across both formal and formal contexts.

 

“An MOI approach provides a systematic strategy to ensure that the organizations’ overarching learning and training goals are integrated regardless of the components,” said Bryan. “It helps the organization to move from an ‘e-Reading’ to an ‘e-Everything’ model – and provides a framework for incorporating and supporting both formal and informal activities.”

 

Bryan’s second presentation focuses on the importance of badges within e-learning paths and processes.

 

EDULEARN, the eighth annual International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies, is being held in Barcelona, Spain, from 4th to 6th July. Those unable to be present at EDULEARN to hear Bryan’s radical and forward-looking views on the future of online learning, can obtain a precis of his views by contacting eXact learning solutions.

 

EDULEARN is one of the largest international education conferences for lecturers, researchers, technologists and professionals from the educational sector. After eight years, it has become a reference event where more than 700 experts from 80 countries gather to present their projects and share their knowledge on teaching and learning methodologies, as well as educational innovations.

eXact learning solutions releases the latest version of its LCMS

The global learning company, eXact learning solutions, is releasing a new version of its learning content management system (LCMS).

 

This new version – known as ‘M16’ – includes some major upgrades and brings important changes to the Project Management area of the platform. The new version of the LCMS includes fully interactive Gantt chart software, enabling project managers to manage a project directly from the dashboard – including assigning tasks, setting deadlines and so on.

 

M16 also features major updates to the LCMS’s Online Editor. These bring the Online Editor closer the company’s authoring tool, eXact learning Packager, by offering, among other things, full support for interactions, along with theme personalization.

 

eXact learning Packager offers users HTML5 templates to make creating screens and courses merely a matter of dragging and dropping raw assets (audio, images, video and so on) into a visual tree structure representing the template.

 

“M16 also offers users enhanced graphics, including a new set of icons for greater usability, as well as the relocation of some buttons and panels for easier navigation,” commented Fabrizio Giorgini, eXact learning solutions’ R&D Manager.

 

Fabrizio Giorgini, of eXact learning solutions.

 

To help explain the new technology involved in M16 to users and potential users of its LCMS, eXact learning solutions is staging a webinar on 29th June. The webinar is the first of the company’s summer series, called ‘eXactly on Wednesdays’.

 

Federico Dondero, of eXact learning solutions, said: “While the focus of the session is on M16, the webinar – eXactly on Wednesdays: M16 – will also explain some of the contemporary features of eXact learning solutions’ authoring tools.”

 

Those wanting to know more about M16 can attend the webinar, being held on Wednesday 29th June at 17.00 to 17.45 CET (16.00 – 16.45 BST, 11.00 – 11.45 EDT and 08.00 – 08.45 PDT). To register for this event, visit: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1248446350037060098

E-learning is key to the future of education and learning, claims Create eLearning

The mobile-friendly e-learning portal producer, Create eLearning, has published an e-book outlining, ‘12 Reasons why the future of education and learning rests with eLearning’.

 

Citing research that states that 54 per cent of employees now consider L&D programmes to be of greater importance than annual salary when it comes to choosing a job, the e-book acknowledges that, ‘education and learning have become the cornerstone of any successful career’. It adds that, ‘as technology moves forward and the world shrinks, education becomes more and more global’.

 

Arguing that education and learning need to make use of the technology that is increasingly pervading every aspect of everybody’s lives, the e-book’s authors put forward 12 reasons for the continued rise of e-learning. These include that e-learning:

  • Is affordable
  • Content is easy to create and deliver
  • Content can be distributed to almost anyone, almost anywhere at almost anytime
  • Encourages user-generated content
  • Is ‘more informal’ and certainly encourages informal learning

 

The book also points out that:

  • Mobile learning is becoming popular,
  • Social learning is here to stay and
  • More learning is needed more frequently by workers in today’s fast-paced workplace

 

The e-book is available – free – from https://create-elearning.com/12-reasons-why-the-future-of-education-and-learning-rests-with-elearning-2/

 

“Moreover, the ability to track learning activities with experience API (xAPI) features is a game changer,” said Mark Taggart, Create eLearning’s CEO. “xAPIs are e-learning software features that allow learning content and learning management systems (LCMSs/ LMSs) to communicate with each other in such a way that helps record and track all kinds of learning experiences.

 

Mark Taggart.

 

“This quantifiable, sharable and trackable information helps you know whether or not the learning was effective – and that makes LMSs the best friend of e-learning.”

 

Mark added, “The sheer number of LMSs currently on the market – there are some 700 of them – can confuse buyers.

 

“However, the Create eLearning system supports many API standards and can integrate with many HR, ERP, CRM platforms via Single Sign On, Active Directory, LDAP, SAML, web services and so on. This enables the automated sending of user and training metadata to third party systems.”

 

Create eLearning ensures that its platform is HTML5 compliant. It’s built with PHP on a Zend Framework and hosted by Amazon Web Services in the US, EU and Asia Regions.

 

Mark formulated the concept for Create eLearning’s multi-layered training platform having worked in the heavily-regulated Clinical Trials industry, where his clients needed to train thousands of patients, doctors and nurses, via some 67 languages, across all time zones.

 

A fan of Apple and Netflix, Mark feels that the Create eLearning platform is like Netflix for training, with the added advantage of allowing working offline on low-cost devices. He commented, “This is an important consideration, particularly for the developing world where affordable education and training is needed.”

Create eLearning is re-confirmed as meeting the ISO 9001 quality standard

The mobile-friendly e-learning portal producer, Create eLearning, has passed its ISO 9001 surveillance audit. ISO 9001 is a quality management standard that helps organisations demonstrate that they deliver a consistent high level of service.

 

In addition, Create eLearning has Investors in People (IIP) Silver Standard. It also adheres to IT security standards ISO2701, 21 CFR Part 11, HIPAA, EU Privacy Directive and Safe Harbor.

 

Carol-Ann Stevenson, Head of the Customer Success Team at Create eLearning, commented, “The recent ISO 9001 audit checked that the company is still complaint with the standard, following its initial accreditation was issued last year. The auditor was more than happy with our internal processes and decided that we are adhering fully to the standard.”

 

Carol-Ann Stevenson, of Create eLearning.

 

In addition to meeting these standards as a company, Create eLearning ensures that its platform is HTML5 compliant. It’s built with PHP on a Zend Framework and hosted by Amazon Web Services in the US, EU and Asia Regions.

 

Its AWS, Elasti-Cloud, media management, storage buckets, automated load balancing, mirroring and auto-failover ensure:

  • Rapid server response times
  • The intelligent compression of content makes playback on poor connections or going offline possible
  • Increased redundancy, scalability, security, and ability to invoke Disaster Recovery automatically

 

Create eLearning’s managing director, Mark Taggart, said, “The system supports many API standards and can integrate with many HR, ERP, CRM platforms via Single Sign On, Active Directory, LDAP, SAML, web services and so on. This enables the automated sending of user and training metadata to third party systems.”

 

Mark formulated the concept for Create eLearning’s multi-layered training platform having worked for many years in the heavily-regulated Clinical Trials industry. His clients needed to train thousands of patients, doctors and nurses, in as many as 67 languages, across all time zones, on how to use data capture and patient compliance technologies to remain Good Clinical Practice Compliant (GCP).

 

Mark’s problem was that the existing LMS and eLearning Course building tools:

  • Were unaffordable and/or hard to use/deploy
  • Did not support the many time-zones, languages or fonts that clients needed
  • Would not work on mobile devices or offline where internet connectivity was slow or non-existent
  • Would not integrate with the master system to give users a single sign on, and/or
  • Were unable to meet the stringent security needs of the FDA and EMA for standards, such as HIPAA, 21 CFR Part 11, EU Privacy Directive and Safe Harbor

 

So, in 2010, he raised capital to build what became Create eLearning – an intuitive, easy, fast, multi-cultural platform designed to make training technology available for all, in a number of languages.

 

A fan of Apple and Netflix, Mark feels that the Create eLearning platform is like Netflix for training, with the added obvious advantage of allowing working offline on low- cost devices. He added, “This is an important consideration, particularly for the developing world where affordable education and training is needed.”

Sepsis eLearning materials showcased to Britain’s legislators at Westminster

The mobile-friendly e-learning portal producer, Create eLearning, has created e-learning materials – including a ‘Sepsis Savvy’ course – for The UK Sepsis Trust.

 

The UK Sepsis Trust, which also uses the Create eLearning learning management system (LMS) to manage and monitor its courses, is making these e-learning materials available to help educate healthcare professionals, as well as members of the public.

 

In particular, at the end of April, The UK Sepsis Trust launched the Sepsis Savvy e-learning materials at an event in the Palace of Westminster. The audience included members of both Houses of Parliament, including the international businessman and former Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party, Lord Ashcroft.

 

Founded in 2012 by a world leader in Sepsis, NHS consultant Dr Ron Daniels, The UK Sepsis Trust seeks to save lives and improve outcomes for survivors of Sepsis by instigating political change, educating healthcare professionals, raising public awareness and providing support for those affected by this devastating condition. The UK Sepsis Trust‘s expertise is based in the charity’s grassroots origins – its doctors and nurses have frontline, first-hand experience of the Sepsis problem and their passion is born of a comprehensive understanding of what needs to be done.

 

Create eLearning’s managing director, Mark Taggart, commented, “The Sepsis Trust does some really important work – and it’s gratifying that, to help it achieve its goals, the Trust has chosen to use Create eLearning’s expertise, both to produce its e-learning materials and to manage and monitor the materials’ use, via the Create eLearning platform.”

 

Incorporating a number of state-of-the-art advances in LMS technology, Create eLearning’s LMS is a hybrid platform that caters for coaching, mentoring, online and face-to-face training/ learning. Moreover, users can configure it to deliver learning materials anywhere in the world, in any language and on any delivery device.

 

“The platform’s offline, off-grid e-learning capabilities enables users to learn anywhere at any time – on trains and planes among other things – without the need for an internet connection or even a corporate email account,” said Mark Taggart. “The results of their learning activities can be uploaded to the LMS the next time they log on to the internet.”

Karen Daly-Gherabi becomes Managing Director of The Springboard Consultancy

Karen Daly-Gherabi has become Managing Director of The Springboard Consultancy, a UK-based international training company specialising in women’s development issues.

 

Karen Daly-Gherabi.

 

After a successful career as a senior officer in the British Army, promoting excellence, development, achievement, and diversity, Karen spent 12 years working  for The British Council, creating international opportunities, building trust and engagement through education, training and cultural relations. She succeeds the company’s founding joint CEOs, Liz Willis OBE and Jenny Daisley OBE.

 

Liz Willis commented, “Jenny and I are delighted with Karen’s appointment and wish her every success. She’s already familiar with the company and, as a client, has been an enthusiastic advocate of our programmes.”

 

Through the British Council, Karen introduced the award-winning Springboard Women’s Development Programme into the Middle East. Indeed, Karen has first-hand experience of the positive impact the Springboard programme has had on more than 17,000 women, along with the network of trainers, across the Middle East and North Africa.

 

The Springboard Consultancy’s Springboard Women’s Development programme enables women to identify the clear, practical and realistic steps that they want to take to make a better world for themselves at work and home, while building the practical skills and confidence to take these steps. The programme is delivered – currently in 45 countries – over a three month period, through an extensive network of licensed local trainers and, so far, has been used by over 240,000 women around the world.

 

According to Karen, who took up her new post on 3rd May, “The Springboard Consultancy is a fantastic company which promotes diversity in personal development – especially for women but including both genders – with a range of products that covers the complete work lifecycle, from pre-work to the end of working life. It’s wonderful to be part of such transformational development, which enables people to take control of their own futures.”

 

The Springboard Consultancy (SBC) is an international training company, with a proven track record in work and personal development training, particularly addressing women’s development issues. Its core business is training and licensing trainers to deliver award-winning development courses – to people of all genders and all ages – via an international network of professional licensed trainers in locations around the world.

 

SBC has developed a reputation for creativity, innovation and quality, balanced with down-to-earth pragmatism and good value. It believes that everyone is ‘born to shine’ and that life circumstances and lack of skills and opportunities often prevent that happening, to the detriment of all. It uses training to enable everyone, especially women, to develop themselves further – benefitting the person, their employer, family and wider community.

Latest version of Create eLearning LMS on show at CIPD’s Olympia event

Visitors to the CIPD Learning and Development Show can find the latest advances in learning management system (LMS) technology at the Create eLearning stand.

 

The latest version of the Create eLearning platform will be available on the Create eLearning stand – number 522. According to Mark Taggart, Create eLearning’s managing director, this version – version 5 – incorporates a number of state-of-the-art advances in LMS technology.

 

Create eLearning’s LMS is a hybrid platform that caters for coaching, mentoring, online and face-to-face training/ learning. Moreover, users can configure it to deliver learning materials anywhere in the world, in any language and on any delivery device.

 

The Create eLearning platform can deliver learning in any language, including Arabic.

 

“At the show, we’ll also be demonstrating the platform’s offline, off-grid e-learning capabilities,” he added.

 

“This means that users can learn anywhere at any time – on trains and planes among other things –without the need for an internet connection or even a corporate email account. The results of their learning activities can be uploaded to the LMS the next time they log on to the internet.”

 

Create eLearning will also be showing its continuing support for the UK Sepsis Trust by continuing to give away a copy of its platform to winners of its quarterly Prize Draws.

 

The platform that Create eLearning is donating is worth £25,000 and includes a fully implemented e-learning solution and a custom-designed Oculus Rift training pack. The winners receive all of this completely free of charge but, in return, they are expected to donate between £5,000 and £25,000 to the Sepsis Trust.

 

Mark Taggart, Create eLearning’s managing director, explained, “This should help raise £100,000 for charity in 2016 – as part of this company’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) commitment.

 

Mark Taggart, of Create eLearning.

 

“The Sepsis Trust does some important work – as has been highlighted recentlyand it uses the Create eLearning platform in its training programmes,” said Mark. “Every penny donated to the Trust is valuable in helping it achieve its goals.”

 

Covering topics such as learning and talent management, leadership and coaching, training and technology, the CIPD event – being held at London’s Olympia, on May 11 and 12 – incorporates a conference and exhibition. In addition, exhibition visitors can also attend over 50 free learning sessions being run in the exhibition area – amid the 125 or so suppliers that are exhibiting there.

 

Visitors to the Create eLearning stand can also get free coffees, individually handmade especially for them by a top class Barista.

 

To take part in the Create eLearning quarterly Prize Draws – whether you are visiting the CIPD Learning and Development Show or not – visit https://create-elearning.com/win-free-lms-elearning-software/ or email: win@create-elearning.com