An online learning academy run by Teignbridge District Council is going from strength to strength to offer more learning opportunities for public sector employees.

Teignbridge District Council's e-Academy has seen Exeter City Council joined its ranks, less than six months after welcoming Exmoor National Park Authority and Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority onboard.

Teignbridge leads the e-Academy, an online learning programme of more than 200 courses, covering topics including business skills, customer skills, management skills and information management.

The courses give local authority staff the skills they need to provide even higher standards of customer service to residents while remaining cost-effective and efficient.

The e-Academy was launched by Teignbridge in October 2011 together with eLearning provider Learning Nexus. Since then Dartmoor National Park Authority, East Devon District Council, Mid Devon District Council, South Hams District Council, South Somerset District Council, Teign Housing and West Devon District Council have signed up and benefit from the courses on offer.

Cllr Mike Walters, Teignbridge District Council's Executive Spokesman for Corporate Services, said:

"We're delighted to welcome Exeter City Council on board. The e-Academy is a great success story because it gives staff the chance to develop their skills, provide even higher standards of customer service ultimately saving each organisation time and money.

“This collaborative training model means each public sector organisation can focus their efforts on equipping staff with the right skills to help give their customers or residents the things they want most in the best, most cost-effective way possible.”

Aurion Learning’s Masterclass; E-Learning Made Easy series, visited Dublin, Belfast and Edinburgh throughout September and October with HR, Learning and Development and digital professionals from over 150 organisations attending the free events.

Expertise, advice and tips were on offer that enabled attendees get a better insight into what’s happening in digital learning and how it can help improve performance throughout their organisations.

Run by digital learning experts; Aurion Learning, the half-day sessions also included presentations from client organisations who have ‘walked the talk’ of digital learning. Representatives from Food Safety Authority Ireland, Family Planning Association, Border Lives, Action for Children and Scottish Bakers, who presented at all 3 masterclass events shared their experiences and lessons learnt along the way.

Delegate Helen Bowman from Business in the Community said: “I found the session full of information, the presentations were fantastic and there was plenty of time for people to ask questions. It was also great for networking, meeting new and familiar faces and learning from the experts as well as each other.”

Dr. Maureen Murphy, Managing Director at Aurion Learning said: “It’s been great to see so many organisations come together and hear how other organisations have introduced digital learning as well as learn new ways of doing things that will help improve quality, enhance performance, standardise training, cut delivery costs and make it easier for learners to participate in learning and development.”

She added:
“Feedback from our masterclass series has been extremely positive and our team are already underway to plan a new series of events that will take place throughout Ireland and the UK in 2015.”

Our annual survey shows that one of the things you like about the eLearning Alliance are the opportunities to share experiences and to help one another with issues which arise in our everyday work.

Many of the events we run are set in a formal environment where you can learn from experts from across our community, but we also recognise that a great deal of learning comes from the informal discussions that takes place at these events.

So with this in mind, we're looking to develop the idea of “Blether Sessions” at our Learning Essentials Conference on 31st October. 

We are scheduling our “Blether Sessions” in to the natural breaks which occur during the day, and we hope that if you let us know of any e-learning issues you have, then we can connect you up with some of the other delegates who may be able to offer some advice or ideas.

There will still be the usual networking during coffee and lunch breaks, but we hope that if you have something specific you need help with, then a “Blether Session” might give us all an opportunity to create a bit more value from the day.

So, if you have an e-learning issue that's troubling you, or need a different perspective on a topic, or you're looking for a new idea, let us know what it is, and we'll try to link you with other delegates at Learning Essentials who can possibly offer some help.

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Kenny Henderson will be joining us at Learning Essentials Conference on 31st October which we're holding at West Lothian College.  During his session, Kenny will look at what's happening across the elearning industry and how we can ensure that elearning remains relevant.

Many of you will know Kenny from his time with BSkyB, where he led the design and delivery of creative learning solutions, before becoming Head of Talent Development Operations.  Now running his own consultancy, Kenny is helping organisations such as Credit Suisse and The Scottish Government understand how their learning & development strategy can deliver improved individual, team and business performance.

In his session at Learning Essentials, Kenny will talk about the work going on across the elearning industry in organisations using learning technology as part of their learning & development strategy. With 8 years experience of working in partnership with some of the UK's leading suppliers, Kenny will also give an insight into what's being done across the wider external supplier market.

Learning Essentials 2014 takes place at West Lothian College on 31st October.  The cost for Alliance Members to attend the days event is only £99 - it's not too late to book your place.


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Aurion Learning has announced that learning and development professionals from some of Scotland’s leading organisations will be among the speakers at its forthcoming Masterclass: E-Learning Made Easy, which takes place on Thursday 23 October, 2014 at The MEWS, NASWUT in Edinburgh.

Chief Executive of Scottish Bakers, Alan Clarke, Programme Manager from Scottish Prison Service, Joe Sture and Learning and Development Consultant, Andy Napier from Action for Children will discuss the E-Learning journeys within their organisations and lessons learnt along the way.

The free-to-attend, half day masterclass will help Learning and Development Managers, Learning Consultants, Trainers and Facilitators who want a better insight into what's happening in digital learning get the most out of learning and development in their organisations.

Speaking about the event, Dr. Maureen Murphy, Managing Director at Aurion Learning said: “Edinburgh is the last port of call in our extremely successful masterclass series this year and I really appreciate our client speakers taking time out of their busy schedules to speak to our registered attendees about their E-Learning experiences. Alan, Joe and Andy will collectively add an important and highly informed perspective to the masterclass.”

She added: “The feedback from attendees at our previous masterclass events in Dublin and Belfast has been extremely positive and with just over a week to go until the final masterclass event takes place, I’d encourage those interested in finding out more about E-Learning or how they can develop it further in their organisation to sign up and save their seat.”

Spaces are still available, to sign up for free and further information on the E-Learning Masterclass, visit