Macmillan adopts e-learning for ‘anytime, anywhere’ training
The Video Arts courses are easy and convenient to use, extremely well produced and their use of humour makes the learning engaging, memorable and fun.
Lesley Maguire, Learning Technology Manager at Macmillan
Macmillan Cancer Support is using Video Arts courses to provide soft skills and leadership training for its 500 staff and ‘added-value’ learning for its 4,000 health and social care professionals throughout the UK.
Covering subjects such as appraisals, assertiveness, coaching, interviewing, managing change, managing stress, teamwork and time management, the courses can be used on all devices.
“The mobile courses will benefit our staff and they’ll add value to the quality of the service that our professionals provide to cancer sufferers” said Lesley Maguire, Learning Technology Manager at Macmillan. “Smartphones and tablet computers are everywhere now and most people are comfortable using them for a variety of applications. Mobile learning takes advantage of this technology and enables people to learn whenever and wherever they want. The mobile courses will benefit our staff and they’ll add value to the quality of the service that our professionals provide to cancer sufferers.”
Designed for mobile devices and for on-the-move training, Video Arts courses bring key messages to life using ‘micro-learning’ video clips, featuring famous faces such as, Dawn French, Hugh Laurie, James Nesbitt and Jamie Oliver. Each course includes around 30 minutes of training video clips, supported by practical tips, but learners can dip in and out for just-in-time learning. The video clips include ‘wrong-way, right-way’ scenarios that demonstrate different behaviours, skills and techniques. The courses can either be used as standalone learning resources or to reinforce the messages from classroom training or e-learning.
Lesley McGuire added: “The Video Arts courses are easy and convenient to use, extremely well produced and their use of humour makes the learning engaging, memorable and fun. You can work through each section in a couple of minutes, tick it off and move onto the next one. They provide condensed, effective learning points that can be put into practice immediately and the fact that you can even use them while sitting on a bus or train makes them even more compelling.”
Macmillan will track and monitor all usage of the courses and use social media channels to promote their availability.
Based throughout the UK, Macmillan’s health and social care professionals include counsellors, nurses, doctors, social workers, physiotherapists, pharmacists, benefits advisers and information centre staff.