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Online learning coming soon to Women’s College

from the April 18, 2011 issue of Connect

Online learning coming soon to Women’s College

Staff, physicians and volunteers at Women’s College Hospital will soon have a new resource for developing on-the-job training – online. Through a new, state-of-the-art e-learning program, courses that have previously been offered exclusively through live sessions will now be available through just the click of a mouse.

The e-learning system, made possible through a grant from RBC, will be a multi-year, multi-phase program that will be launched this spring/summer. While the long-term goal of the program will be to establish greater accessibility for training among clinical nursing professionals, the first phase of the program will focus on core competency training – such as fire safety training and hand hygiene practices – that is required for all staff, physicians and volunteers.

The program – which will be available wherever there is internet access, allowing staff to log on from work or home – will be an easy-to-use and cost-effective way of ensuring staff are able to meet mandatory requirements. It will also provide support for professional growth and development for those wanting to enroll in optional courses.

All employees will be given a username and password, and will be able to track items such as the courses they’ve completed, courses that are available to take (tailored to the nature of their role – whether clinical or non-clinical) and the grades they’ve received for courses completed – all online. Managers will also be notified when mandatory courses are completed successfully by their staff, so progress can be easily tracked.

Over the first six months of the initial phase, there will be opportunities for users to provide input on the program and on what courses they would like to see offered. If clinical professionals want to improve best practices in caring for patients in the after-care breast centre, for example, a learning module could be custom-designed around that specific focus.

The e-learning courses will not replace live training sessions, but are intended to add to and complement them by providing an alternative method of learning.

More information on the e-learning program will become available over the next few weeks.

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