CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development. It is the intentional maintenance and development of knowledge and skills which are needed to perform your job successfully. This might mean brushing up on current skills, or increasing the knowledge you have, or even learning new skills which will allow you to progress up the career ladder.
Most professions require their employees to take part in CPD courses to ensure their staff are fully trained in the necessary skills they require.
A good CDP structure gives employees a clear path to success with their current role and shows the potential progression to future jobs. If you work in a regulated industry such as the healthcare, accountancy or legal industries, employers can get in a lot of trouble if they do not keep their staff up with their CPD!
CPD activities could include formal educational activities like instructor led training courses, workshops and seminars, or CPD could include self directed learning through online courses and structured reading.
Good E-Learning usually features at least some of the below items, demonstrating it’s awesomeness!
It grabs your attention – a good course will let you know what you’ll be doing and what you’ll get out of it, to inspire you to take the course
It makes you think – a good course will get you to really think properly and feature interesting questions
It is presented in small chunks – if you’ve done online courses before, you’ll know that a large block of text just turns you off! A good course will be broken down into bite sized chunks for you to read easily.
It frequently checks your knowledge – this could be through little questions or quizzes, but a good course will periodically check you understand what you’ve just learnt, that way you know you’ve got it!
It tells stories – everyone loves a good story, and a great e-learning course will deliver information through relatable stories
They summarise information clearly and show you where to look for more information – being able to clearly sum up the key points is a great e-learning tool, and even better if they point you in the direction of further reading on the topic!
The world of learning is so vast these days. No longer do we just go through juior then senior school and if we’re very bright, get a place at University. Everyone has the opportunity to study at university and get that batchelors or masters degree in almost any subject we care to study. However it is not always necessary, in fact, rarely absolutely necessary, for the student to up sticks to move right away to study. There are so many absolutely fantastic onlune learinng resources. Almost every university of note will have a massive online presence these days. They offer everything that lecture room based learning offers but with no need to travel and a chance to learn in your own time, at your own pace. The online learning tools are vast now. They have been developed to enhance the learning experience and to ensure you benefit from the craft of the course designers. Video conference gives distance learning students equal high quality tutoring, connecting staff and students at any and all of their campuses or elsewhere – worldwide.
The autumn tide is here – we’ve had those wonderful long summer holidays. . . . welll several thousand harrassed families have endured them. Now the students are safely back at work and the real business of learning can begin again. I do know several families who are feeling that uiversity may not necesssarily be the only course for their youngster. Many young people baulk at the prospect of yet more learning having to be undertaken. A lot of chaps feel once they’ve done the obligatory GCSEs that time should be taken to do other things. They never then return to the fold. Going for online courses and all sorts of fantastic software education resources is a really good way of keeping in the loop and also finding what they want to finally start working on or with. Many a very bright lad slips through the education net because of the formality of schooling. An online e-learning course would probably be exactly what they seek and desire. A lad we know is taking a course in business marketing simply through his work experience being properly focused and him being placed in the right arena.
Oh how I remember the days of the typing lessons in school. Way before anyone had produced the exciting e-learning and online training courses we can all take part in these days. No, back then it was a case of listening to the tutor and then carrying out her instructions with her marching up and down the lines of typists. We did not have the benefit of software – VLE or otherwise. The only soft thing in that room was the cushion we popped on our rock hard chairs to soften the otherwise numbing effect of the hard wood. Those lessons come flooding back to me with joy. Rossini’s William Tell Overture floods to mind and of course, every time I hear that music, I am transported back to those halcyon days. Just the start of it reminds me of a, s, d, f, g, f etc. etc. Ah where would all the wonderful programmers and software folk be without the genius of a well trained keyboard operator. Online courses with typing keypads involved are still the bet way to get accurate and well constructed pieces of work out there for all to learn from!
Distance learning brings such a choice to just about everybody in this country – should we choose that route. Studying for recognised qualifications without having to comply with the restrictions of attending a physical school or college seems a divine choice and way out of reach for many – but with careful selection of e-learning and online educational suppliers, these dreams and aspirations can be available much more easily. Enrolling with an open study college is much easier these days. It offers the chance to select a career focused course that will be available for study at the student’s own time and pace. The tutors are generally award winning and will be utterly dedicated to their craft. The materials are fully tested to suit the ability of the student and some distance learning providers can help with the finding the right route into the career being trained for and assistance with the cv writing is an important additional benefit. Having a wide choice of careers out there and the ability to carry out preparatory online learning for the student’s future prosperity has to be a top advtange offered by suppliers.
For any student having to chose those all important GCSE subjects, it helps if they have some idea of a career they may want to follow once they’ve got those in the bag. Making thses choices as a teenager seems very daunting but in the grand scheme of things, getting the right exams early on can save time later. Supposing for arguments sake that Jenny wants to go into law – not sure that she wants to go the whole hog and become a solicitor or barrister. She may however fancy doing one of the many activities surrounding the solving of crimes, bringing the bad guys to prosecution etc. There are many different career streams. All of these have associated e-learning courses that can help with the initial training and formulating ideas. Online courses are a brilliant way to get the gist of what would be involved and of course, will help when the itme comes to apply to uni for just such a career focused degree course.
When you have been working for a few years and then have to take maternity leave, this is often brings big changes t the way we look at our working priorities. Lots of women think thye’ll just take a couple of weeks off, have baby, get a few sleepless nights and then whoo, back to work after 29 weeks. It often does not work like that. Once that bundle of joy has arrived, there is more to contend with than sleepless nights. It’s a whole sunami of emotions and exhausting factors. Not everyone can go back to work or even want to. Many decide that a high flying career is not now for them and baby rearing is the thing – but with the need to have some earnings. Other women find that the caring side of their nature needs more nurturing and that a career as a teaching assistant would suit them down to the ground. There are many e-learning courses available to aid the process. Teaching Assistant levels 2, 3, 4 can be bought in a bundle – to be completed in your own time within broad timescales. Maybe you’ve had a career with special needs in a very hands on way before – how about taking a course on SEN within schools – this is becoming a vital role that schools need to fill and will be totally rewarding with the right course under your belt.
I had the somewhat dubious task of entertaining three youngsters for a couple of hours whilst their parents took part in a charity walk – I thought this was going to be a real challenge for me. But no, the three bandidoes were an asolute delight and we spend the entire morning finding our way around their school online homework courses. This was quite a eye opener for me. I’ve not undertaken any course work, online or otherwise, for some time now. The youngsters were so full of enthusiasm to show me their maths, English, Humaities and Sciences, we looked at all sorts of revision guides and each had little tests to have a go at. By the time our final checks were completed, after the rather harder science, I was all for signing up for more – it really fired my brain and I felt superbly equipped to babysit three youngsters again – Or become a school teacher, if it’s really that much fun!
In this very electronically based world of leisure, business, health, banking etc. it does seem extremely odd to hear about a legal company who do not support any electronic transfer of documentation in any shape or form. This is most unusual in this day and age. They don’t use DX postal services either. That’s the special business direct post system that doesn’t go through post office services. Years ago when working for the courts and tribunal service, I came across lots of folk who were not yet computer savvy and would baulk at the very suggestion of sending an email on any given subject All they needed was a simple training course to introduce the concept of electronic communications. There were many solicitors companies who were flatly refusing to accept service via electronic means – everything had to be by hand or posted in. It probably only needed a dedicated e-learning package to bring them to the light and see how scanning and circulating documentation via pdfs is a secure and speedy way to process business matters instead of relying on snail mail!