The TAP Qualified Professional Newsletter
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In This Issue
Dates for your Diary
HRD Conference and Exhibition 21-22 April 2010 at Olympia, London
London HR Summit 8th July 2010 at 5* Grange St Pauls, London
World of Learning Conference & Exhibition 28-29th September 2010 at NEC, Birmingham
March Welcome from Claire Brookes
Hello, and welcome along to the March Issue of the Talking TAP Newsletter. With the snow and ice (hopefully) behind us, let us look forward to the fresh growth of spring.
After exhibiting at Learning Technologies in January we found that more and more Learning & Development departments are adopting online learning techniques because of their flexibility and cost effective savings. Therefore in this issue we are focusing on this current e-Learning trend.
Lisa Emmington, TAP Qualified Professional of the Month, explains the real benefits of having achieved the TAP Diploma in e-Learning. The TAP Partner of the Month is NHS Education South Central. This will be a useful read for those of you who are interested in identifying the benefits of a blended approach.
To continue this thought, the TAP Qualification of the Month is the TAP Certificate in Blended Learning, read on to see if you can benefit from a 25% discount off this course.
I am pleased to introduce a new article, entitled Thought of the Month. Each month we will be providing links to inspirational movie clips for you download and view.
Should you wish to share some of your training 'nightmares' please do email them to us at Info@tap-training.com to see them featured in next months issue, in the mean time do enjoy reading some of our trainers 'nightmares'!
Last month's brain teaser entitled; ‘The Hotel Detective’ certainly got those grey cells working! We had an overwhelming response and we have fully explained the solution in this month’s brainteaser, we have also included a list of those who successfully solved it. While Frances Day, our Training Director, has provided the brain teaser for this month, see how you get on!
All the best,
My Training 'Nightmares' - and How I Overcame Them
We all face stumbling blocks when training, so that you no longer feel alone we wanted to share some experiences that our own trainers have been through. We hope that you enjoy reading through these, and can perhaps empathize with some of the situations:
"The delegates and I got snowed into one of those stately homes in the country that have now been converted to training centres. We all had to sleep together in one room and I had to share all my clothes, cosmetics etc with some of the delegates. This achieved a more bonded group later on when the training was re-scheduled."
"I flew out to Nigeria to train two groups of 5 people for 2.5 days each, but with a mix-up of communication I ended up with 10 delegates for the whole week! Resources were pushed and the training room was a little tight to fit us all in, but the course worked out better with 10 delegates as there was more delegate interaction for the learning activities!"
"I travelled to Rome to deliver a TAP course, but sadly on the way my luggage got lost! This meant that I had to train in casual clothes, my jeans and jumper etc. Although at the time I didn’t feel professional at all I tried to make the best of it and it became a talking point that bonded me with the delegates and the company who have since attended many more TAP courses, but rest assured I was wearing the correct attire!"
Should you wish to share some of your training 'nightmares' please do email them to us at email@example.com to see them featured in next months issue.
Thought of the Month
To add a little variety we are introducing a thought for the month video link - to watch this months thought provoking message please do follow this short video link:
TAP Qualified Professional of the Month, Lisa Emmington
My name is Lisa Emmington and I am a freelance TAP® e-Learning Specialist. I can call myself this now as I have just achieved my TAP Diploma in e-learning with The Training Foundation and haven’t stopped smiling yet.
I originally started out in secretarial work at The Open University in the late 1980s when one day we all had Apple Macs put on our desks and were asked to produce the course material on these from now on! As you can imagine, this was a huge learning curve but I managed to pick up the skills I needed quickly and ended being the one who went round helping everyone else. As part of my career development there it was suggested that maybe I could use the skills I had learnt to move into training. There were no vacancies at the OU so I made the difficult decision to leave a very comfortable job and have a go at training. I’ve never looked back!
In 1995, after six years training full time for companies as well as converting to PCs I took another decision that would change everything and went freelance. Things changed again in 2001 when I was seriously ill and unsure whether I would ever be able to go back to training. I saw an advert from Learn Direct who were recruiting online tutors and offering training to successful candidates. It seemed the perfect solution and in 2002 I qualified as an online tutor and mentor with Learn Direct and I also worked for 2 years for colleges involved in the Vision2Learn programme.
In 2004 I met up with a colleague from a company that I used to train for and he told me about the online development he had begun to get involved in and that was the start of another new career! I worked for Research International as a freelance e-learning developer for four years until finally deciding to see if I could make it on my own. My first contract was terrifying and I got away with it by the skin of my teeth and there was the Prospectus from The Training Foundation again....
I originally signed up for just the TAP Certificate in e-Learning Design but once I started I was hooked and decided to go for the TAP Diploma in e-Learning by achieving the TAP Certificate in Blended Learning, TAP Certificate in e-Learning Implementation and the TAP Certificate in e-Learning Facilitation together with a work based project that bound all of the skills together. As I’m sure others have found, the training industry was very quiet in 2009 which gave me time to complete the TAP Diploma in e-Learning quite quickly, with the help of the excellent trainers and staff at The Training Foundation. Their support has been invaluable.
The TAP Diploma in e-Learning is definitely opening doors for me. At the Learning Technologies exhibition in January 2010 I spoke to a number of e-learning companies and six asked for my CV. I also have a new contract with a local company to write instructional designs scripts for their 3D developers. They have said that if the first job goes well I’ll be a very busy lady – so what’s new?
When you’re freelance, it often seems difficult to spend the money on training yourself but I would say it’s definitely worth it. This new contract will almost cover the cost of the TAP Diploma but the learning will go on for quite some time, especially now there’s the Foundation Degree in Learning and Development Practice that is awarded by The University of Chester. I have a feeling I will be back in Coventry to visit The Training Foundation at some point in the near future.
I just wanted to thank Gemma Godfrey at the Open University who was my sponsor throughout my project and send her best wishes for her new baby which is due in April. Finally, I’d like to thank all the staff at The Training Foundation but particular thanks to Louise Talbot, Laura Layton-James, Laura Crank and Mark Johnson who all seem to have the knack of making you feel like you are the only student they have to deal with today.
TAP Hits the Road Again
We are offering a variety of TAP courses around the UK at our TAP Partner's premises namely:
If you are interested in attending one of these regional events please do call us on 02476 411 288 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
TAP Partner of the Month, NHS Education South Central
As the training and education arm of South Central Strategic Health Authority, NHS Education South Central (NESC) is responsible for ensuring that health service staff across the region's 24 NHS and Primary Care Trusts have the continually updated and improved skills to deliver the highest standards of patient care.
Another great selling point was that The Training Foundation offered a 'season ticket' facility, which effectively allowed a large cohort of individuals with widely varying roles from disparate locations to undertake the certificate any time, any place, anywhere - online or in the classroom - within a 12 month period.
Our congratulations go out to the following Learning and Development Professionals who have achieved a TAP Diploma:
We hope that you all enjoy proudly displaying your TAP Diploma Certificate on your office wall.
This month we are also pleased to announce two of our TAP Partners who have upgraded from Silver to a Gold TAP Partner status they are:
Fidessa and Brewin Dolphin
Both of these organisations have now committed that all of their training is both designed and delivered by TAP qualified individuals. Well done!
TAP Qualification of the Month, TAP Certificate in Blended Learning
To contunue our focus on E-Learning our TAP Qualification of the Month is the TAP Certificate in Blended Learning. As achived by the TAP Qualified Professional of the Month, Lisa Emmington and the TAP Partner of the Month, NHS Education South Central.
Blended solutions combine different learning media to allow organisations to provide more flexible, accessible and cost-effective learning opportunities. In many situations a single medium, whether face-to-face, online or otherwise, simply cannot provide all the characteristics required for efficient and effective learning. A blended solution exploits the advantages of different learning media whilst minimising the drawbacks. This certificate will be a value to any learning and development professional seeking to extend their capabilities beyond face-to-face and traditional self-study methods to take advantage of their own or blended with traditional methods.
In the 21st Century, every trainer needs to embrace the potential of e-Learning and blended solutions. For this reason, this Certificate acts as an entry gateway for those seeking to achieve the:
TAP Diploma in e-Learning
To benefit from 25% discount for one place on the TAP Certificate in Blended Learning please call in on 02476 411 288 or email email@example.com.
To celebrate our focus on e-Learning, we have developed a limited edition e-Learning Season Ticket. To book your e-learning Season ticket at a special discounted rate available until 31st March please contact us on 02476 411 288 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our congratulations go out to; Carolyn Brough IT Trainer for Ruillion, The Purchase to Pay team at Astrazeneca and our very own Paul Edmondson for correctly solving last months brain teaser entitled 'The Hotel Detective'.
Hope that helps – feel free to use it in one of your own training sessions as an energizer!
Now for March's Brain Teaser:
A boxer leaves the ring during a competition to have his hair brushed, re-enters the ring and wins the title
To receive the solution to this activity please email email@example.com and put 'The Boxer' in the subject line. Also if you want to put forward your suggestions feel free to email them in, you'll get a mention in next month's issue if you're correct!
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