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STEP: your questions answered

The launch of first three STEP modules has generated a lot of positive feedback, some useful comments and a number of questions. Some key themes have emerged in the questions, so we hope this post will provide some useful guidance.

One of the most common questions we’ve received is whether the modules can be embedded into local Learning Management Systems. We are pleased to say that when all seven Modules are published on the e-Learning For Healthcare platform in the next few weeks, they will then be made available from the Electronic Staff Record eLearning portal.

For those of you who would like to add the modules to your local Learning Management Systems, you – or your local eLearning manager – can download them from the NHS eLearning Repository, when they become available we will let you know. Remember though, the modules don’t have to be accessed from within a Learning Management System, they can simply be played in a web browser. Alternatively, you can promote the modules on your library web site as Sarah has done, by adding this link and the link to our animations.

Based on some comments we’ve received, we wanted to share some other ideas about how you can use the STEP modules as part of your blended learning offer to complement your local training programmes.

Module 1 is a pre-assessment module which enables the learner to reflect on their current level of knowledge. It also acts a signpost to other modules, helping them to identify any gaps in knowledge or areas where they want to build confidence. This module includes a downloadable sheet for learners to record specific learning needs. You could ask trainees to complete Module 1 before a face to face training session and encourage them to bring their self-assessment sheet highlighting their learning needs.

Modules 2 and 3 cover which resources to search and how to plan a search strategy. These could also be completed prior to face to face training so that in your sessions you are free to focus on hands on practice. Alternatively for longer sessions, you could support users to complete the modules or parts of them within a session. You can also signpost to the modules post-training as a way to reinforce learning.

Module 3 has an animation on the use of OR/AND. As well as being embedded in the modules it is also available on You Tube for linking or embedding into websites or incorporating into presentation slides. You can either use the full video covering both OR/AND or shorter versions on just OR or AND to brighten up your training sessions.

We hope that you can find ways to use the suite of training to complement your existing training and to provide a tool which users can access for support from anywhere.

If you have any other ideas about how the modules could be used in your training, please add your comments below.

Thanks

Sarah and Tracey

Tracey Pratchett, Knowledge and Library Services Manager, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust tracey.pratchett@lthtr.nhs.uk

Sarah Lewis, Library Services Manager, Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust sarah.lewis@buckhealthcare.nhs.uk

STEP e-learning modules now available!

As you know, we’ve been developing a suite of literature searching modules for you to use as part of the information skills training you offer.

We are delighted to announce that the first three modules are now available from https://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/literature-searching/

‘Building the Foundations’ includes three modules to enable users to assess their current level of skill in literature searching, find out more about the resources available to them and get started planning a search.

Module 1 Introduction to searching
Module 2 Where do I start searching?
Module 3 How do I start to develop a search strategy?

Please feel free to place these links on your websites use the attached flier to promote the modules.

The next three modules on ‘Developing the Skills’ will be launched later this year and ‘Applying the Skills’ modules will be available in early 2018.

Attached are some FAQs about the modules which you may find helpful.

If you require further information, please contact the project leads:

Tracey Pratchett, Knowledge and Library Services Manager, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust tracey.pratchett@lthtr.nhs.uk
Sarah Lewis, Library Services Manager, Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust sarah.lewis@buckhealthcare.nhs.uk

It’s “Yammer-Time”! Consultation and engagement in a virtual community By Tracey Pratchett and Sarah Lewis

So, you’ve probably heard about our project to deliver information literacy via e-learning modules. Well, in this post, we want to tell you a bit more about our approach to consultation and engagement. The Virtual Reference Group (VRG) was set up early in the project to provide feedback on module design and development. It has been an essential part of the development process with library staff providing advice, guidance and support throughout the project. Currently there are in the region of 40 library staff from different sectors signed up to the VRG covering the following:

  • NHS England
  • NHS Scotland
  • NHS Wales
  • NICE
  • Higher Education
  • Royal College of Nursing
  • Royal Society of Medicine
  • An independent hospice
  • Public Health

We have used Yammer as the main method of communication as it is accessible in most trusts. One or two group members have had some issues when Yammer was blocked, but largely these barriers seem to have been overcome. As a tool, it takes a bit of getting used to, but generally it has worked well across organisational boundaries.

There has been a good level of engagement on Yammer, with colleagues advising on a range of topics, from contributing to the module learning objectives via a shared spreadsheet to discussing the potential design and layout of the modules. Generally, feedback so far about the level of communication from the project leads has been positive and we hope to be able to continue the dialogue throughout the project.

For Sarah and I, the VRG has played an essential role, not only in informing the design and development process, but engaging our key stakeholders along the way. By creating this network of library staff, we hope to have 40 advocates who will champion the resources with their users when the modules are launched.

This group has been invaluable to us on a personal level too, providing us with the opportunity to connect with library staff from other parts of the country and different sectors. This has been a really positive experience, expanding our personal networks and enabling us to work with other people in this way.

Finally, we would like to thank all of our wonderful VRG members for their honest and valuable contributions, which have really influenced the development process.

The Service Transformation E-Learning Project (STEP) aims to deliver its information literacy modules in April 2017.

Sarah Lewis
Clinical Outreach Librarian
Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

Tracey Pratchett
Knowledge and Library Services Manager
Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust