07th September 2015

Image: e-learning awards 2015.We are delighted to announce that our e-learning has been shortlisted for ‘Excellence in the production of learning content – not for profit sector’!

The prestigious E-learning Awards 2015 are described as “The biggest and most hard-fought E-Learning Awards” receiving 400 entries across all categories.

Skills for Health entered with a submission highlighting the production of our Stand By Me e-learning course which was launched earlier this year, and the e-learning team have been on the edge of their seats waiting to hear whether we would be shortlisted! 

A high standard of production for our e-learning is of utmost importance across our whole portfolio, and we are very proud that this has been recognised by the judges.  Our development follows a nine-stage process which includes working closely with experts throughout the sector, with quality of learning and innovation in the use of technology at the centre. 

Our submission focused on how we moved away from the traditional style of dementia courses that focus on learning, recalling factual information (with little attention being paid to how learners will actually apply that information in their roles in health or social care).  We wanted to focus on the need for staff to be able to learn about caring for people with dementia in a way that allows them to see good communication and person-centred dementia care as a dynamic entity requiring continual evaluation and adaptation. 

This was achieved through focus groups, use of videos in conjunction with advanced reflective techniques and many other interactions.  Four of the course sessions are compulsory and learners then select at least one of the role-specific sessions to complete in addition. This enables a flexible structure that can be expanded with additional sessions in the future.

The next stage of the awards is to present to the judging panel at the end of the month, before they make their final decision in November.  Whatever happens, we are over the moon to be shortlisted!

Stand By Me was created in collaboration with the Association for Dementia Studies at Worcester University and other key partners. Congratulations to all those involved in the development of the course!

To find out more about our Stand by Me e-learning course, download our brochure: E-learning Brochure or visit our e-learning page.

Further information about the awards: E-Learning Awards – you can also follow @elearningawards on Twitter and join in the conversation by using the hashtag #elawards.