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Coronavirus (COVID-19): updates and advice, including help if you are struggling financially

Learning and development

Developing yourself and your skills is just as important in uncertain times. These skills don’t have to be related to your current role, they could be something you have an interest in outside of work or something you want to work towards. Not only will you learn and develop new skills which could help you in your role, you will also feel a sense of achievement and positivity.

Face to face courses are currently suspended, however our online e-learning has plenty of opportunities available.

Dorset Learning Online

Read our user guide for Dorset Learning Online. This explains how to use the site and what to do if things go wrong.

We’ve also collated some top tips for making the most of your e-learning:

Book time

It's easy to brush e-learning aside in favour of other tasks. Set out a timeframe beforehand when you want to complete a module and you're more likely to stay on track.

20 minute bursts

Work through e-learning modules in 20 minute bursts. This helps prevent you being overloaded by too much information at once. Every module on Dorset Learning Online autosaves so you can start and top as needed.

Flexibility is a major benefit of online learning - make the most of it!

Take notes

Taking notes helps you remember information because you've had to process it in order to write it down. It also means that you have something to refer back to after finishing the online module.

Keep it quiet

It's easy to get distracted in busy or loud areas. To make it easier to focus on your e-learning, try working somewhere different.

Make sure you have your login details to hand

Check the Dorset Learning Online user guide if you aren't sure of your login details.

Talk to your manager

Different modules are more relevant to people in different roles. Talk to your line manager about which are the most important for you to complete.

Plan out your top priority modules to complete

Having a list to work through can motivate you more because you can set goals and track your progress. If you have limited time you can make sure you finish the most important training first.

Bite-sized learning modules

To help support you we’ve compiled a selection of online, bite-sized learning modules, available through our Career Development Centre.

These bite-sized modules cover subjects such as ‘mindfulness’ and ‘working remotely’ and provide some great tips and information to help us navigate through this unsettling time.

If you don’t have access to the Career Development Centre, email landdcoresupport@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk.

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