E-learning portal to go live with BLF cash

A new online learning portal for people working in the voluntary and community sector is to be launched with £2m of Big Lottery Fund money.

The Cass Business School’s Centre for Charity Effectiveness will run the three-year project, which will begin with a pilot later this year.

The project, which will be called the e-Learning Net, will have three zones, one for information on existing learning resources, one for problem solving, which will include online interaction, and another for study, which will include more formal learning such as e-learning and workshops. The site should become fully operational in 2009.

Professor Ian Bruce, director of the Centre for Charity Effectiveness, said the aim of the portal was to reduce a chronic learning deficit in the sector, which spends only 1 per cent of its wage bill on training and developing talent, compared with 3 per cent in the commercial and public sectors.

“This will provide staff with a low-cost learning opportunity”, he said. “It will help people become more effective.”

Bruce added that the portal would not be looking to “reinvent the wheel” with regard to training and would provide links to existing learning resources.

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