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June 29, 2012 / Housing e-Academy

A problem shared is a problem halved…

By Tom Kilvert, Housing e-Academy Account Manager 

I would like to introduce you to my new persona….’Ask Tom’, the e-learning Agony Uncle! I am here to share and halve those common e-learning issues.

Basically, I want to create a community environment where social housing providers and tenants can share any e-learning concerns and I will help to solve them.

I have been with the Housing e-Academy for a couple of months now and have dealt with members at all stages of their member pathway from induction to renewal. Along the way I have dealt with common day to day member queries and also handled some of their more testing issues…it certainly continues to keep me on my toes! I am lucky though…there is always someone within the team to help me out.

Going forward I want to make it even easier for members to get their problems off their chest.  I don’t want problems and questions to be left until monthly catch up calls or until we have a meeting when we find an issue is hampering progress.  ‘Ask Tom’ is a friendly, informal approach and I really hope that both members and non-members make the most out of it.

I have big plans to develop ‘Ask Tom…..: an ‘Ask Tom’ Forum; website; or even an ‘Ask Tom’ action figure?!

In the meantime (and whilst I dwell on that thought), please do send your questions to asktom@housingea.co.uk

June 28, 2012 / Housing e-Academy

Virtual Awards prove Popular

PRESS RELEASE

Virtual College’s Housing e-Academy recently announced the winners of its first ever award scheme which recognises excellence in e-learning throughout the housing sector.

Chloe Weatherhead, Head of the Housing e-Academy, said: “We decided it was about time the hard work and innovation of our members was recognised through an award scheme and these were fully supported by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) who were the main sponsor of the awards.”

As a leader in e-learning and with an eye on value for money, Housing e-Academy made the award ceremony virtual which meant nominees could watch the announcements and presentations from their own desks!

“Our clients place a strong emphasis on value for money which is one of the reasons they use e-learning in the first place,” said Chloe. “There was no splashing out for a table, no overnight accommodation and no travel expenses incurred!

“The ceremony made regular presentations throughout the day live on our YouTube channel and the feedback we have received from the awards has been very positive.”

The winners were:

Most successful e-learning roll out strategy – North Hertfordshire Homes

Best use of resources to make e-learning accessible to all staff – ABCL

Best e-learning internal marketing campaign – ABCL

Outstanding tenant engagement with regards to e-learning – First Choice Homes

Outstanding e-learning achievement – Individual – Barbara Hill, Incommunities

Outstanding e-learning achievement – Organisation – Cairn Housing Association

Best adoption of e-learning in to organisational culture – Leeds Federated Housing Association

Megan Henderson, HR Manager from Leeds Federated Housing Association Ltd said: “We were so pleased to have been shortlisted and even more delighted to have won! We recognised the positive change in perception towards e-learning from working with our managers on the re-launch of induction and believe this was a result of involving them from the start. Changing a culture does not happen overnight, we know we are still early on in our journey and that we are yet to realise the full potential of what e-learning has to offer us as an organisation. “

Chloe adds: “The awards have been very well received and they will definitely become a feature of our annual calendar.

“Using a virtual presentation ceremony has also proved popular and several of our members have said it is something they may well replicate themselves in the future.”

View the award ceremony at http://www.youtube.com/housingeacademy

For more information about e-learning call 01943 885085 or e-mail info@housingea.co.uk

June 14, 2012 / Housing e-Academy

Virtual Awards 2012

Thank you for watching!

We hope you have enjoyed watching the Housing e-Academy’s Virtual Award ceremony 2012.

Thank you to everyone who has helped to make the Virtual Awards a success. We would like to send special thanks to our sponsors, the Chartered Institute of Housing, Ethos PR and Housing Diversity Network.

Congratulations to all our winners. You will receive a Virtual Award trophy and certificate.

Please join us in congratulating all the winners by leaving a comment underneath the video.

We would appreciate any feedback you have about the Virtual Awards.  Please leave your comments in the comment box below.

Thank you!

June 14, 2012 / Housing e-Academy

Virtual Awards 2012

Best adoption of e-learning in to organisational culture

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Please click on the image below to hear the shortlisted nominees and to see the winner of the award announced. Please join us in congratulating the winner by leaving your comments below.

Thank you!

June 14, 2012 / Housing e-Academy

Virtual Awards 2012

Outstanding achievement – Organisation

Thank you to everyone who submitted a nomination for the ‘Outstanding Achievement – Organisation’ award category.

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June 14, 2012 / Housing e-Academy

Virtual Awards 2012

Outstanding achievement – Individual

Thank you to everyone who submitted a nomination for the ‘Best use of resources to make e-learning accessible to all staff’ award category.

Please click on the image below to hear the shortlisted nominees and to see the winner of the award announced. Please join us in congratulating the winner by leaving your comments below.

Thank you!

June 14, 2012 / Housing e-Academy

Virtual Awards 2012

Outstanding tenant engagement

Thank you to everyone who submitted a nomination.

Please click on the image below to hear the shortlisted nominees and to see the winner of the award announced. Please join us in congratulating the winner by leaving your comments below.

Thank you!