IR equips staff for online learning pushOn 1 Oct 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. TheInland Revenue (IR) is implementing an online skills programme across all ofits grades. The courses, which will potentially be taken up by 70,000 membersof staff at various UK locations, are being provided by UK eUniversities(UKeU). This is the government-backed company specifically set up in 2001 to provideonline learning from UK universities to students and businesses. “Wesee this partnership with UKeU as a key part of our goal to make all of ourstaff e-learning enabled within the next few years,” said Lin Hinnigan,director of learning at the IR. “We firmly believe e-learning skills will helpus to become an even more responsive organisation.”Theprogramme will be based on existing student support materials developed forUKeU’s Learning Environment, created in partnership with Sun Microsystems. The moduleswill include ‘What is e-learning?’, ‘Drive your own learning’, and ‘Onlinediscussion’ – all designed to help staff learn the necessary skills forstudying online.Itis hoped that following completion of these courses, staff willhave acquired a positive attitude towards e-learning andshould learn quickly and confidently from an e-learning package.JohnBeaumont, chief executive officer at UKeU, described the programme as animportant milestone for UKeU. “Working closely with the IR to understand itsrequirements, we can develop a high-quality, bespoke programme to help peopleto achieve e-learning skills that can further their careers,” he said. “Theflexibility of online learning has enormous potential for such organisations.”–Recent online courses set up by UKeU include a BA Enterprise with theUniversity of Glamorgan, for those wanting to develop their entrepreneurialskills, and a new foundation degree in hospitality management with theUniversity of Derby. Thefoundation degree forms part of UKeU’s remit from the Government to widenaccess to higher education.www.ukeu.com Comments are closed.