Further Information: Organisation wide guidelines for all staff

Who should complete this category?

If you are responsible for the development of e-Learning within your organisation and have a strategic role, then this category is for you to complete.

Why do you need organisation wide guidelines?

The existing use of e-Learning across the NHS generally is uneven. Some Trusts and health communities have sophisticated and comprehensive provision, while others have not yet ventured far down the e-Learning route. Even when individual organisations have embraced e-Learning, they have often developed local solutions and programmes, which lead to duplication, redundancy and waste of resources.

Following the publication of the National Workforce Group’s Road Map for Elearning (Modernising Healthcare Training: Elearning in Healthcare Services, April 2006), a National Alliance on e-Learning in Health has been established. This means that there is now a national strategy which can be a key reference point for local and regional developments.

Sometimes e-Learning develops in an ad hoc kind of way in an organisation with people doing things in different ways and at different levels depending on their ability and enthusiasm for e-Learning.

It is important that the introduction and development of e-Learning happens in a co-ordinated way. This can be called a Whole Organisation Approach. A whole organisation approach is about all parts of an organisation working together to develop e-Learning guidelines.

If this approach is taken then the development of e-Learning becomes part of the ethos of the organisation and everyone gets involved.

Checklist for the development of organisation wide guidelines

  • Have you looked at what is being recommended nationally in relation to e-Learning?
  • Have you looked at what other people are doing?
  • Do your e-Learning guidelines link to other organisational strategies?
  • Are your e-Learning guidelines based on an analysis of the learners and staff needs in your organisation?
  • Are your guidelines for e-Learning communicated to and understood by staff?
  • Are there clear roles and responsibilities at all levels for the management, development , coordination and implementation of e-Learning?
  • Do the guidelines explain how the development and implementation of e-Learning will be monitored.

If this approach is taken then the development of e-Learning becomes part of the ethos of the organisation, everyone gets involved and quality and coherence are assured.