We’ve trawled the newspapers around Australia over the last three months to bring you the latest developments and news in the e-learning space. Here is a quick snapshot for your information:
Over the last few months, there have been a number of new industries embracing the benefits of online learning and development, particular in regional areas.
The Bureau of Meteorology, for example, has started using an online tutorial to show country farmers how to use their website to track weather patterns and prepare for predicted forecasts.
The Governments have also embraced the benefits of e-learning through the following initiatives:
- A small business owner learning program – Only a very small percentage of small business owners in Australia survive their first year of trade. Local councils have recognised this problem and have begun to offer these business owners online tools to help them grow their business and keep it fresh and relevant. The e-learning program also provides businesses with the relevant knowledge and consumer trend information to keep them up-to-date with the industry.
- In-house staff online courses — Regional councils around Australia are rolling out courses around self-development and training with broad scopes that make them relevant to everyone in the business, at all levels and in all departments. Although councils are a major player in these types of roll-outs, a number of larger industries are starting to use these tools to overcome geographical and time constraints.
- The Narrogin Observer reported that its local council is rolling out a Leadership and Community Development Program for their Indigenous youth aimed to provide them with the foundations to become leaders.
The travel and finance industries are also using online courses to speed up the qualification period for their employees which have proven to be effective in their industries where they struggle to fill positions.
Finally, if you haven’t yet had a chance to have a read of the 2010 Learning and Development Index, jointly produced by the Australian Human Resources Institute, the Australian Institute of Training and Development and Learning Seat.