eXact learning solutions & e-Learning for Healthcare: Health Education England’s award winning e-learning programme
What is e-Learning for Healthcare and what is your role?
e-Learning for Healthcare (e-LfH) is an award winning e-learning programme based in the UK that provides national, quality assured online training content for the healthcare profession. We are funded by Health Education England, so we develop and deliver e-learning content free of charge to the healthcare workforce in the UK. Outside the NHS, we sell the content through our not-for-profit sister company eIntegrity and any revenue goes back into content development and updating.
I joined e-LfH in 2005 and I am the Technical Manager, so I look after all the technology in the organisation.
Can you give us some numbers to better understand the sizing and the impacts of the e-LfH initiative?
e-LfH includes 139 programmes covering all aspects of healthcare. The programmes vary in size from a single learning object to nearly two thousand learning objects in our e-Learning Anaesthesia programme.
In total there are 7.148 unique learning objects on our Learning Management System (LMS) for about 270.629 users whose visit lasts on average 20.43 minutes. Talking of time spent, our learners have collectively accumulated 1,799,263:59:21 hours of learning or if you prefer 205 years or 107,955,840 minutes.
We think that the eXact learning LCMS deployment at e-LfH is one of the world’s largest LCMS implementations so far.
We have also has won 23 national and international awards to date.
How would you judge your relationship with ELS?
ELS have been more than just a supplier, we regard them a true partner of ours. We have had an extremely positive professional relationship across the last 9 years. Its technology has allowed us to develop enormous amounts of content while keeping up with the ever-changing technology landscape.
Can you please highlight what you like most about the eXact learning Suite?
We have adopted eXact learning LCMS and eXact learning Packager. The former allows collaboration between distributed teams of Instructional Designers and Content Authors/Reviewers and has a highly customisable workflows and metadata. This is vital for us as we have a comprehensive numbering system to organise and catalogue our content, which we could implement in the LCMS thanks to its the customisable nature.
eXact learning Packager is a template-driven professional content development tool with consistent look and feel and a quick development timelines. What I like most about the eXact learning Suite is the robustness, the flexibility and the openness. We’ve been allowed to take a crucial, strategic decision many years ago: to develop our own learning templates. Developing our own templates in house we can react quickly if we need to add new functionality to our templates while avoiding recurring supplier costs – all this is done with ELS’s blessing as well. Additionally, we retain the IPR on them, allowing us to resell the templates to eXact’s existing and new clients.