Online learning guide

Why take part in online learning?

Engaging with some of the many learning resources available online will enable you to take greater control of your learning by giving you access to courses that are aligned with your interests, requirements and existing skills and knowledge. See our recommended online resources as a starting point

Another benefit is the wealth of materials to choose from.  In addition, many online course providers are producing very well thought out and engaging learning materials.  The most common delivery methods are video and interactive web pages but you will often find sites offering a combination of approaches.

Hints and tips

Here are some of our tips to make sure you get the most out of online learning:

  • Agree some broad learning objectives and discuss time requirements with your manager.  An ideal time to do this would be during your Staff Review.
  • Be clear what your specific learning objectives are.  You are unlikely to progress significantly, or feel you have accomplished much, unless you set yourself some clear goals.
  • Set aside some "protected time" each month in order to complete your online learning.  Block the time out in your diary, turn the phone off, mention to your colleagues that you will be unavailable for that time and you’ll be well on your way.
  • Practise and revise what you learn.  This is perhaps even more important with online learning than with other forms of educational instruction since there is often little or no interaction.  This is particularly the case with video instruction.   Unless you practise the skills you’ve learnt you may find it difficult to retain much of what you’ve studied.  Some online courses encourage this by providing practise files and reminders.  Most will leave it to you to take the initiative.
  • Use our recommended online resources as a starting point - we have spent some time going through the materials and have provided some guidance about who, and what, they may be suitable for.
  • Buy yourself some comfortable headphones.  In-ear “buds” offer the best ambient noise reduction and leak very little sound externally, but a good pair of over-ear headphones will also do the trick.