Setting up up an e-Learning network?

First of all you need to decide the focus of the network. Is it the development of resources, is it training staff, is it about the infrastructure, or all of these? If it is everything, then it might be better to split into smaller sub groups.

Face-to-face meetings are a good way to get the network started, but some of the networking can be done using technology. There is no standard way of doing this and each network can work out its own methods. Also, it is important to remember that in order to be effective, but it’s worth remembering that virtual support networks can be equally as effective in providing support and encouragement to colleagues.

For example for remote communications you could use Microsoft SharePoint. Some people use Huddle to talk to each other, to pose questions and develop the agenda. It provides a mechanism to put up Word documents and share, edit and track, it’s like a Virtual Learning Environment [VLE]. The beauty of Huddle is that all developing providers share it so you can see what everyone else is doing. Or you could also just set up an e-mail group or a blog.

Channels of communications should always be open and meetings should be used to set milestones for what you are all trying to achieve. That way, you give people something to aim for, to believe in.

You might also decide to have a publication to share with others the work you are doing in the network. For example, there is an NHS Yorkshire and the Humber’s e-Learning newsletter. There is a link to this below.

You also need to think about the following:

  • Where will you meet?
  • Who will be part of the network?
  • Who will have the responsibility for co-ordinating it?
  • How often will you meet?
  • Will you organise workshops and events where you invite people who aren’t members of the network?

What to include in e-Learning network meetings?

Back to the Networks page

Related Resources

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    NHS Yorkshire and the Humber e-Learning newsletter 1

    Newsletter of Yorkshire and Humber SHA showing case studies, advice and news

    Download file (892.2 KB pdf)

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    NHS Yorkshire and the Humber e-Learning newsletter 2

    Newsletter of Yorkshire and Humber SHA showing case studies, advice and news

    Download file (727.9 KB pdf)